We’re not even two months into the 2021 Major League Baseball season, and already a handful of teams have improved their MLB betting odds considerably. Boston, Kansas City, and San Francisco’s odds have changed a great deal.
Seamus Magee, a BetMGM sports trader.
The Boston Red Sox have been the biggest movers for those who bet online, opening the season at +2500 and now coming in at +375. So far, they’re tied for the second-best winning percentage (.595 — 26-18 record as of May 20) in the American League, and they lead the AL East.
They have surpassed expectations so far, but can they continue it?:
BetMGM MLB preview: “The Red Sox are officially in rebuilding mode and finished dead last in the AL East in 2020, behind even the moribund Orioles. It was a tough season for Boston fans, who saw their star Mookie Betts traded away to the Dodgers and go on to lead them to a World Series championship. The Red Sox rotation is a disaster right now, and the team is a long way from contention. Free agency should help if Boston opens its pocketbooks, but it’s too steep a task.”
The Royals have shifted from +4000 on opening day to +1400 currently. While the ballclub is six games behind the AL Central division-leading Chicago White Sox, a decent start to the season (16-14 two weeks ago) turned heads for those betting MLB online. The Royals have cooled off some but are still ahead of expectations — and betting odds and trends reflect it.
BetMGM MLB preview: “The Royals look nothing like the team that appeared in back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015, back to rebuilding once again. Fun fact: The last three times the Royals made the playoffs, they played in the World Series, winning twice in 2015 and 1985.”
The Giants (from +4000 opening day to +1400 currently) have been the biggest movers in the National League. They’ve posted the top record (27-16) in MLB so far.
BetMGM MLB preview: “The Giants missed out on the playoffs in 2020 by a tiebreaker, but this is no longer the team that used to contend for the World Series year after year. San Francisco needs a bounce-back year from Johnny Cueto, and they also need a healthy year out of Brandon Belt. Can Brandon Crawford help get the Giants back on track?”
The highest betting handles have been with the Milwaukee Brewers (74.9%), New York Mets (71.0%), and Houston Astros (66.9%).
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