Best Early Futures Picks in NJ for MLB World Series in 2021

It’s only February and the 2021 MLB season is still 2 full months out, but there has never been a better time to nail down the best futures odds if you’ve got a hunch on some early 2021 World Series favorites and potential underdog champs.

New Jersey’s best online sports betting sites including FanDuel Sportsbook and 888Sport, all have futures betting markets available on World Series champs and other 2021 post-season betting lines. Remember, the further out from the event, usually the better the odds you will be offered.

The defending World Series Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead betting markets with most online sportsbooks in the Garden State (+450), showing off formidable form throughout the playoffs in last year’s World Series on the back of power hitting and precision pitching. Walker Buehler leads an impressive starting rotation and the Dodgers have resigned Blake Treinen on a monster 2-year deal to maintain the quality in the league’s leading bullpen. Joc Pederson, Justin Turner, and Enrique Hernandez are all free agents, however, the Dodgers still have plenty of stack of hitting power in the dugout.

Perennial World Series favorites, the New York Yankees (+500 to +550 with NJ’s sportsbooks). After being ‘moneyballed’ by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020’s American League play-offs, the Yankees are turning over a new-leaf in looking towards youth in 2021. Younger starters will be drafted into the starting line-up and less dependence will be placed on ageing stars like J.A. Happ and Brett Gardner. Losing some depth in their pitching rotation may cost the Yankees dearly by the time the 2021 post-season comes along.

Teams on the Improve

The San Diego Padres are on the third line of World Series Betting at +750 to +800. After trading in Blake Snell from fellow World Series contenders Tampa Bay, and retaining their promising LHP pitcher Matt Strahm, the Padres will also have a lot of money freed up to trade in quality pitching, given star pitcher Mike Clevinger will miss 2021 through injury.

In 2020, the Atlanta Braves were unlucky not to make it to their first World Series since 1998. The Braves may have discovered the final piece of the World Series puzzle by signing veteran Charlie Morton to a one-year-deal to add balance and help give young pitchers guidance. With Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. leading a powerful hitting line-up, they’re good outside value to win the 2020 World Series at 950 to +1000.

The Chicago White Sox (2021 World Series odds of +850 to +1000) have been the big movers in the off-season World Series futures betting lines for 2021 after recruiting well with pitcher Lance Lynn and power hitter and 2019 World Series winner, Adam Eaton, both on their way to Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays will be hungry after making it through to the 2020 World Series. If not for an odd decision to pull Blake Snell off the mound early in the deciding game it all could have turned out very differently. Fantastic defensive team and great bullpen could see them challenge again (2021 World Series odds of +2000 to +2500).

The Big Apple’s much derided ‘second team’, the New York Mets have been attracting a lot of attention from World Series bettors and the Mets 2021 World Series odds (in the +1100 to +1200 range). With a new owner in Steve Cohen, intentions were made clear by trading out youngsters for established stars in Carlos Carrasco and Francisco Lindor. With the recruitment of Carrasco, the New York Mets will most likely have the best starting rotation in MLB with the former Indians starter falling into the rotation behind Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

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