After finishing near the bottom of the AL East standings over the previous three years, Toronto has emerged as one of the surprise stories of 2020, marching to a 32-28 win-loss record despite being forced to contest. 34 of his 60 regular season games on the road away from their temporary home at Sahlen Field.
The Blue Jays made a quick exit after the season, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays in two games in AL Wild Card series action. However, while the club’s young core should benefit from last season’s strong performance, the Blue Jays could be well placed to gain ground over both the Rays and New York Yankees in the highly competitive AL East.
Fresh off their first World Series victory in 32 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers enter the offseason with more than 500 favorites on 2021 World Series odds on online betting sites. Leading the MLB with 43 wins last season, the Dodgers bolstered their chances of a repeat by signing outfielder Mookie Betts to a lucrative contract. Los Angeles will also benefit from the return of starting pitcher David Price, who has chosen not to participate in the pandemic shortened 2020 campaign due to health concerns.
Although they only finished one game ahead of the Blue Jays in the standings and failed to pass Tampa Bay in the ALDS, the Yankees are just second behind Los Angeles with a bet. +600 on the odds of winning the World Series next season. The Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres took the turn in 2020 with a solid divisional finish in second place, and are currently stuck at +1100, just ahead of the Atlanta Braves at +1200.
Tampa Bay posted the AL’s best regular season record, and followed with an impressive march until its first World Series appearance since 2008. And unlike the Yankees, who already have a projected payroll of over 150. million dollars and face a number of hard free agency decisions, the Frugal Rays are financially well positioned to compete in the autonomous agent market this winter.
Lower in the World Series odds, the Cincinnati Reds join the Oakland Athletics at +1600. AL rivals Central Minnesota and Cleveland follow, tied at +2000, while the Chicago Cubs rub shoulders with the Houston Astros and New York Mets at +2500.