Rays manager Kevin Cash used an early hook of starter Blake Snell to spark a Dodgers rally in the 6th inning of Game 6 and three runs later, the Dodgers had won their first World Series since 1988.
The corks hadn’t even finished popping off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ celebratory champagne bottles before oddsmakers across the globe had released odds for the 2021 World Series.
Fresh off their 4-2 series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 Series, the star-studded Dodgers come into next season as the favorites to repeat.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (+480)
There’s no denying how great this roster is, and they proved in 2020 they can get it done. It gets a little ridiculous when you start thinking about the young core of this team and just how many titles they could win in the long run.
Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Dustin May and Walker Buehler all had significant impact on this year’s title and aren’t going anywhere. This team is set for a long time and should be in the title conversation for the next five years.
2. New York Yankees (+ 700)
The Yankees were one of the most disappointing teams in 2020. They finished the regular season 33-27 overall, seven games behind the AL East champion Rays, despite having a payroll of nearly $80 million more than Tampa.
Coming into the 2020 season, the Yankees were the 2nd favorites to win it all and enter 2021 in the same spot. Gerrit Cole is a certified ace, and the Yankees’ lineup is filled with hitters, it’s just a matter of whether or not they can put it all together next year.
3. Atlanta Braves (+1200)
The Braves took the Dodgers to Game 7 in the NLCS and, like LA, have a roster filled with young production and top veteran talent. Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, Ian Anderson, Dansby Swanson, Max Fried and Mike Soroka lead the way for the young guns. Freddie Freeman is the top vet on the roster, and a potential 2020 NL MVP, but it remains to be seen what they’ll do about Marcell Ozuna and Cole Hamels’ expiring deals.
4. San Diego Padres (+1300)
The San Diego Padres, led by Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, are coming off their first trip to the postseason since 2006, not to mention their first winning season in 10 years.
Not only do they return every single player in a stacked lineup, but they’ll hopefully be getting a full season out of ace Mike Clevinger. They came into last season as World Series longshots, only to look extremely impressive in a short season. Expect more of the same in 2021.
5. Tampa Bay Rays (+1300)
Kind of shocking to see this year’s AL champions this far down the list, but when you take a look at the roster, it begins to make sense. Will Randy Arozarena repeat the best power-hitting postseason performance of all-time? Probably not. Will they catch lightning in a bottle again and make the World Series as one of the lowest-paid teams in baseball? Unlikely.
The good news for the Rays is Charlie Morton can’t possibly pitch any worse in 2021 and top-prospect Wander Franco will most likely be making his debut. There’s some reason to expect great play from the Rays next year, but I’m not sure a World Series return is likely.