While the 2021 World Series favorite has not changed, the makeup of teams around the majors changed at Friday’s trade deadline.
Los Angeles made the biggest move, acquiring three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner from Washington. The Dodgers, who have been the ‘chalk’ to repeat as World Series champs all year, saw their odds shorten even more on Friday.
They began the week at +375 at BetMGM, shifting to +300 after the deadline. Los Angeles moved from +320 to +275 at DraftKings from Friday morning to Friday night. The Westgate SuperBook adjusted the Dodgers from 3/1 to 2/1.
The Dodgers are currently three games back of San Francisco in the National League West standings. San Francisco was not expected to compete with the Dodgers and Padres at the top of the division, but the Giants have out-performed those expectations all year.
They made one of the biggest trade deadline moves as well, snagging third baseman Kris Bryant from the Cubs. Bryant adds power and utility to a San Francisco team which needs exactly that. BetMGM moved the Giants from 12/1 to 10/1, while DraftKings adjusted their price from 14/1 to 12/1.
Another team that made a blockbuster trade on Friday was New York. The Yankees, who are not satisfied with where they are at right now, brought in sluggers Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. New York is sitting 7.5 games back of Boston in the AL East and is 3.5 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot.
The Yankees saw their odds move more than any team, going from 25/1 to 17/1 to win the World Series at BetMGM. They also shifted from 14/1 to +950 to win the American League and moved from 13/1 to 10/1 to win the AL East.
Houston did not make many moves at the deadline, but it still has the second-shortest World Series odds (+450). The White Sox added closer Craig Kimbrel from the Cubs, moving from +700 to +650. Kimbrel has a 0.49 ERA and is widely regarded as one of the best closers of all-time.
San Diego, who has the fourth-shortest odds at 9/1, added Pittsburgh All-Star Adam Frazier. The Padres are trailing the Giants and Dodgers in the NL West, but they are well-positioned in the Wild Card race.
Their attention will now be on the health of star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who suffered a partially dislocated left shoulder in a loss to Colorado on Friday night. It was the third time he has left a game this year due to a left shoulder injury.
“It’s so tough to predict, especially without a lot of information at this point,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “I will say, for whatever reason, he’s had a phenomenal ability of getting back in there, honestly sooner than we’ve expected. But again, it’s tough to say without having a lot of information.”
In the MVP betting market, Shohei Ohtani (Angels) is a heavy -650 favorite in the AL. The NL MVP odds are currently off the board, as Tatis Jr. and New York’s Jacob deGrom are both dealing with injuries.