Dodgers are favorites to repeat as World Series champs

Veteran southpaw Clayton Kershaw has 22/1 odds to lead all of MLB in wins this season.

There is a clear World Series favorite heading into Thursday’s Opening Day matchups.

The Dodgers, who won the Fall Classic last season, are listed as +350 ‘chalk’ to repeat this season. Their opening win total of 104.5 tied the 1999 Yankees for the highest total in the last 30 seasons, according to ESPN.

There has been some movement on the ‘under’ since the win totals were posted, as DraftKings now has the Dodgers at 102.5. They will open the season on the road Thursday, listed as -207 favorites at Colorado.

Veteran Clayton Kershaw will once again be the Opening Day starter for the Dodgers. Kershaw is 22/1 to lead the MLB in wins this season and is 50/1 to record the most strikeouts. Los Angeles is +175 to win the National League.

There are three other teams listed inside of 10/1 to win the World Series in 2021. The Yankees have the second-shortest odds at +550. They are +230 ‘chalk’ to win the American League.

New York opens the season with a home game against Toronto on Thursday afternoon. The Yankees, who are -175 favorites, will send right-hander Gerrit Cole to the mound. Cole is a +900 ‘chalk’ to win the most games of any pitcher this season and has the second-shortest odds (+450) to lead MLB in strikeouts.

San Diego (+800) and the White Sox (+850) are also listed inside of 10/1 to win the Fall Classic. The Padres win total has jumped from 92 to 93.5 and they’ve seen their division odds moves from +200 to +190. They are -210 in their Opening Day meeting with Arizona.

The White Sox are a -120 favorite to win the AL Central and have seen their win total increase from 89.5 to 90.5. They are a slight -115 road favorite against the Angels on Thursday night.

Angels slugger Mike Trout is a +200 favorite to win the AL MVP award. His teammate, Shohei Ohtani, has attracted the most action at William Hill, though.

ESPN’s David Purdum reported that William Hill took a $30,000 bet on Ohtani at 30/1, which would pay $930,000. DraftKings has taken eight times more money on Ohtani than Trout.

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is an 8/1 ‘chalk’ to win the NL MVP, while Cody Bellinger is 17/2. Washington’s Juan Soto is also listed at 17/2 at Caesars Sportsbook.

Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes is the NL Rookie of the Year favorite and Tampa Bay outfielder Randy Arozarena is the AL favorite.

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