Reds World Series Odds

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  • World Series odds: Rangers beating Reds in World Series Bovada.lv has the Rangers the 9-2 favorites to win the World Series, while the Reds are the favorites to win the National League (9-4) over.
  • The Reds were being offered at +5000 to win the 2020 World Series by PointsBet immediately after the Washington Nationals won the title in October — tied for 17th among the 30 Major League Baseball teams. With pitchers and catchers due to report in two weeks, those odds have dipped to +3000, although still tied for just 14th overall.
  • Discover MLB Future Odds for the 2021 season and find odds for each team to win the World Series, ALCS, NLCS, and division titles. Vegas Insider provides all the futures betting market resources on all 30 teams to win the World Series and both the American and National League Pennants and Divisions.
  • Discover MLB Future Odds for the 2021 season and find odds for each team to win the World Series, ALCS, NLCS, and division titles. Vegas Insider provides all the futures betting market resources on all 30 teams to win the World Series and both the American and National League Pennants and Divisions.

Explore World Series Odds. Nationals +2000.

The 2020 MLB season wrapped up on Oct. 27 with the LA Dodgers hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy. Looking at World Series odds for 2021, the Dodgers are now +350 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win it all again after landing reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer in free agency.

Reds World Series Odds For Today

The Yankees have the second lowest odds to win it all, coming in at +550. The Padres and Mets have made moves up the odds boards with big off-season acquisitions. San Diego was +1300 at DraftKings right after the World Series concluded but is now +800. The Mets were +3300 at DK right after the 2020 Fall Classic but are now +1000.

World Series odds 2021

MLB Futures Report (Feb. 26)

The Favorites

Los Angeles Dodgers (+350): The rich got richer on Feb. 5 with the signing of reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer. Bauer will join a star-studded rotation that already features the likes of Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw.

New York Yankees (+550): The Yankees were outmaneuvered and out-managed in the ALDS by a Rays team that has the lowest payroll in baseball. They seem to be addressing those issues by turning to their farm system, and had no issues declining team options on veterans Brett Gardner and J.A. Happ. Losing flamethrowing reliever Tommy Kahnle could hurt their bullpen depth.

The Contenders

Odds

San Diego Padres (+800): The Padres front office continued its aggressive pursuit of a ring by trading for Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. They re-structured Mike Clevinger’s contract and retained promising LHP Matt Strahm, adding further depth to a rotation that will include Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack.

Chicago White Sox (+850): The White Sox have a promising future, but might be a few years away from competing for a World Series title. Their odds jumped from +1500 to +1000 after a mildly successful offseason in which they acquired Adam Eaton and 33-year-old RHP Lance Lynn.

Atlanta Braves (+1000): The Braves were a hair away from their first World Series appearance since 1999 and might have added the missing piece by signing veteran ace Charlie Morton to a one-year-deal. With Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. leading a fearsome lineup, they’re justifiable favorites in the loaded NL East.

New York Mets (+1000): New Mets owner Steve Cohen wanted to make a splash and he did just that by trading promising prospects for Franciso Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. If their starters stay healthy, the Mets should have the best rotation in the Majors, with Carrasco following Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

The Longshots

Minnesota Twins (+2000): Every year, the Twins put together a marvelous regular season, only to get smoked in the playoffs. Minnesota has lost 18 straight postseason games, but maybe this is the year they find success.

Oakland Athletics (+2200): If you’re searching for a team that could replicate Tampa’s success with a new-age approach, the Athletics are the best candidate. They’ve yet to put it together in the postseason, but have earned a playoff berth in three straight seasons under Bob Melvin.

Houston Astros (+2500): The Astros lost George Springer to the Blue Jays, and their cheating scandal is going to hurt their free agency prospects for some time.

Tampa Bay Rays (+2500): Behind an incredible bullpen and advanced defensive strategies, the Rays won 68.9% of their close games last season. Then Kevin Cash made a boneheaded move by playing the numbers and yanked ace Blake Snell too early in the deciding game of the World Series. Now Snell and Charlie Morton are gone.

St. Louis Cardinals (+2500): The Cardinals re-signed the heart and soul of their team, bringing Yadier Molina back on a 1-year deal. Cosmopolitan identity status match.

Cincinnati Reds (+3300): These odds are too high considering Trevor Bauer basically carried the Reds into the playoffs during a shortened 2020 season and he rejected their qualifying offer.

Washington Nationals (+3300): Howie Kendrick retired, Ryan Zimmerman is back but Asdrubal Cabrera remains a free agent. The Nationals are a great buy-low candidate since they have a studly rotation, but they need to find more offense.

Philadelphia Phillies (+4000): The Phillies are addressed their brutal bullpen by bringing in former Rays reliever Jose Alvarado. They also re-signed J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius.

Chicago Cubs (+4000): There is talk of the Cubs trading Kris Bryant in his contract year rather than losing him in free agency. That would be a sign of a potential rebuild rather than a team trying to win a title.

Cincinnati Reds

Basics of MLB Futures

Betting on the World Series is available all season long in the form of futures bets. It’s simple — find a team that you like and bet on them at their odds to win it all. For example, the Dodgers were +380 to win the World Series before the start of the 2020 season. If you bet $100 on LA to win it all before the season began, you would have won $380 with a total payout of $480. A $10 bet would have netted you $38.

Futures bets may also include the winner of the American League, National League, and each division. Some sportsbooks delve deeper with “prop bets” on individual achievements, such as who will lead the Majors in home runs, wins, strikeouts, etc.

Generally, books take bets on futures in between game action. When teams are competing on a full slate of night games, your sportsbook of choice might hold off on updating odds in the event there is a catastrophic injury or another event that might change the prospects of a contender.

Here is a quick summary of how the odds are displayed for MLB Futures bets:

  • Some sportsbooks will use a system that shows the odds as 5/1, while some display them as +500. This is just semantics, as both systems indicate that a winning $100 bet on the team would cash out at 5x that amount ($500).
  • Odds can also be split into fractions. A team may be listed as a 9/2 favorite on one book, which is the same as a +450 favorite, i.e. a winning ticket pays out 4.5x the amount of the bet.

History of MLB futures

Reds World Series Odds 2020

Placing a longshot Futures bet on baseball is a very risky proposition. In the NBA, for one, it’s almost akin to throwing away your money. The NFL is a bit more unpredictable with its single-elimination postseason, and the MLB is somewhere in between.

Rarely has a team come out of “nowhere” to win the World Series over the past several years, but plenty of fringe contenders have started the season with long odds before getting hot at the right time. According to archives compiled by William Hill Sportsbook, the Kansas City Royals were listed with +3300 odds to win it all during the first month of the 2015 season. Those odds dropped to +1400 in May, +1000 in June, and were down to +550 by the time the playoffs began.

In 2014, the San Francisco Giants opened the season with +2500 World Series odds and went on to win it all. The Boston Red Sox were getting +2800 odds prior to the 2013 season, and the St. Louis Cardinals were getting +2500 odds prior to the 2011 season.

Hence, there is value in placing a small bet on an underdog early in the season. The Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, and even the slugging Colorado Rockies come to mind as fringe contenders with long odds this year. The past three years, the World Series crown has gone to one of the favored teams. The Cubs, Astros, and Red Sox paid off after opening the season with odds around +1000 or lower. There is a chance that an unexpected champion is crowned, but it is not guaranteed in today’s MLB due to the importance of pitching in the postseason.

Other ways to bet on the World Series

For those with wagering experience in other sports, much of the baseball terminology and concepts will be familiar. However, as with all sports, there are certain bet types and props that naturally are particular to the individual sport.

Here are the various ways to get a wager down on the World Series.

  • Moneyline: As with other sports, the moneyline represents the odds of a team winning a game. A “minus” sign indicates the favorite. The number next to the minus sign represents the amount of money a bettor would need to wager to win a theoretical amount of $100. A “plus” sign indicates the underdog. The amount next to the plus sign represents the amount of money a bettor would win on a theoretical amount of $100.
  • Runline: Typically set at either -1.5 or +1.5, the runline functions much like the point spread in other sports. In a conventional runline scenario, the favored team must win by two or more runs or the underdog must lose by two runs or less in order for the runline to be covered. Odds are assigned next to the favorite (which is designated with a runline of -1.5) and underdog (which is designated with a runline of +1.5).
  • Total runs (over/under): The total combined number of runs projected to be scored in the game by both teams. As with other sports, bettors can place bets on the total either being exceeded or being greater than the amount of total runs scored.
  • Series line: With baseball usually being played in multi-game series between two teams — three- or four-game series being the most common — wagers are also available on which team will emerge as the winner in each matchup.
  • Player props: A variety of wagers based on individual players reaching certain benchmarks within a game or in a season. Seasonal examples include over/under wagers on the number of hits, extra-base hits or home runs a player might hit in a season. In-game examples include over/under wagers on the number of hits, walks or home runs a player might hit in a game.
  • Team props: A variety of wagers based on teams reaching certain benchmarks within a game. Examples include over/under wagers on whether a team will score a team will score a certain amount of runs in a game. Or, how many runs a team will score by a certain inning within a game.
  • Parlays: Parlay wagering is defined as a series of bets that must all be correct in order for a bettor to be paid. Parlay bets feature more favorable odds and payouts due to the increased difficulty involved in predicting multiple outcomes correctly.

MLB betting FAQ

Where can I bet on the World Series in the US?

Currently, there are 18 states that offer legal sports betting. Residents of those states can use top online sportsbooks (if available) or casino sportsbooks to place legal, real-money bets.

Who is the favorite to win the World Series in 2021?

After winning the 2020 World Series, the Dodgers are again the favorites to take it all in 2021. They were +400 at FanDuel Sportsbook to claim the trophy again right after the 2020 season ended.

Where can I get MLB betting tips?

PlayPicks.com provides free updates on the movement of MLB Futures lines and offers up-to-date advice on the best bets for games and Futures. Those interested in Daily Fantasy Sports can also check out our free plays and picks each day with advice relevant for DFS contests on DraftKings and FanDuel.

The Cincinnati Reds have been an absolute tire fire since finishing third in the NL Central and losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game in 2013. Since that season, the Reds have gone on to finish fourth, fifth, fifth and fifth, fifth and fourth, respectively, which includes four seasons of 90+ losses. The Reds have gone 22 seasons without winning a playoff series. However, with the roster they’ve assembled heading into the 2021 season, they have an outside chance of ending that drought.

Last season, the Reds finished with a record of 31-29, which was good enough for third place in the NL Central and good enough for a wild-card spot in the expanded playoffs. Despite losing the wild-card series 2-0 to the Brewers, it was the first playoff appearance for the Reds since 2013. One would hope that they can take strides and carry that momentum into this season.

The Reds open the regular season with a three-game home series against the St. Louis Cardinals before welcoming the Pittsburgh Pirates to Ohio for a three-game set. From there, travel across the country to face Arizona for three and then San Francisco for three. The Reds are expected to be competitive this year, which is why they are +3500 to win the World Series, +2000 to win the NL Pennant and +350 to win the NL Central. Their season wins total sits at 82.5.

Reds 2021 Projected Lineup

The Reds projected batting order features one of the best sluggers in baseball, Joey Votto. Unfortunately, the bottom of the lineup leaves a lot to be desired. As of writing this, the Reds batting lineup looks something like this:

  1. Jesse Winker
  2. Nick Castellanos
  3. Joey Votto
  4. Eugenio Suarez
  5. Mike Moustakas
  6. Nick Senzel
  7. Kyle Farmer
  8. Tucker Barnhart
  9. Pitchers Spot

The top half of the Reds order has the potential to be one of the most potent quintets in baseball. They are led by the No. 3 hitter, Votto, who despite getting up there in age is still producing for the Reds and helping them win ball games. The quintet managed to hit 60 homeruns last season, and the projects for this year are expecting them to hit 140 long balls, with Suarez leading the way with 37, followed by “The Moose” with 35.

Beyond them, the lineup takes a drastic nosedive as Senzel, Farmer and Barnhart are all guys who’ve been around the league long enough to be relied upon to produce good numbers, but each of them has failed to live up to expectations. The trio combined for just seven home runs, three stolen bases, and the best OBP was Farmer’s .329. If this trio of players can’t produce at the bottom of the lineup, or at the very least get on base and turn the lineup over for the big bats at the top of the order, the Reds may be in for an extremely long season. I’m not sure where the optimism comes from for this team this year. With a roster that’s aging, it’s going to take some sort of incredible run to get them above .500.

Reds 2021 Projected Rotation & Closer

The Reds’ rotation this year is once against questionable at best. There is no bonafide ace anywhere in this organization, so it will take a collective effort to keep the Reds from being the laughingstock of the league. Sonny Gray pitched well at times last season, and he managed a 5-3 record in 11 started games and kept his ERA to a respectable 3.70 ERA.

Behind Gray, the Reds will rely on a quartet that includes Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, Wade Miley and Michael Lorenzen. Castillo is the most known pitcher and perhaps the best pitcher out of this quartet. He started 12 games last year. And despite a 4-6 record, he had a respectable 3.21 ERA.

The projections for the remaining trio of pitchers is bleak as they all figure to have an ERA north of 4.40. And in a hitter-friendly park like Great American Ball Park, that figures to be no Bueno.

Another issue the Reds have is their bullpen. The closer for this season figures to be Amir Garrett. Last season, Garrett converted on a grand total of one save with an ERA of 2.45. He’s projected for 16 saves this season, so that’s a positive, but Lucas Sims and Sean Doolittle might cut into his save opportunities.

Reds 2021 Predictions

FanGraphs projects Cincinnati finish this year with a record of 77-85, which would be good enough for third spot in the NL Central. This would put them “under” their season win total of 82.5. And to be completely honest, this is one of the team totals I already have money on. The only legitimate way I see the Reds winning any game is in a high-scoring game, where they can outscore the opponents. If they need to rely on a pitcher to hold the opponents to fewer than three runs, I like my chances that it’s not going to happen.

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