The MLB playoffs have begun as teams vie for a chance at hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy. As baseball’s biggest event, there’s plenty of World Series betting to be had as sportsbooks offer dozens of odds markets for each game and for the series as a whole.
Time and place
- Date: October 26 to November 3, 2021
- Teams: TBD
- Defending champ: Los Angeles Dodgers
As the playoffs get underway, the Los Angeles Dodgers (+350) and San Francisco Giants (+450) from the National League have the best odds to win the World series. From the American League, the Houston Astros (+475) sit at the three-spot.
Picks, predictions, and props
Covers’ roster of baseball experts will be making picks for every game of the World Series and finding high-value prop markets for each game. Check back here before Game 1 for the best World Series betting intel.
World Series MVP odds
World Series MVP odds hit the board and Houston Astros' second baseman Jose Altuve is the favorite at +1,400.
|Player||World Series MVP odds|
Odds courtesy of FanDuel, Oct 21, 2021.
The Willie Mays World Series MVP award is awarded to the player who generally had the most significant impact on the series. In 2020, Corey Seager, shortstop for the Dodgers, won the award after batting .400 with two home runs and five RBIs over six games.
Pitchers have won the award 29 times since it was first presented in 1955, the most of any position.
Where to watch
In the United States, the 2021 World Series airs exclusively on FOX starting on October 26. Canadian baseball fans can catch the action on Sportsnet.
How to bet on the World Series
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World Series History
The first World Series happened in 1903 and has been played every year since with two exceptions. In 1904, a team declined to play, and in 1994 it was canceled due to the MLB players’ strike.
The New York Yankees have more World Series titles than any other Major League team, with 27 starting in 1923. Their most recent World Series win came in 2009.
Prior to 2002, home-field advantage used to alternate between the American League and National League teams. Starting in 2003, the team that won the MLB All-Star Game claimed home-field advantage for their league in the World Series. This practice ended in 2017 when home-field advantage started being determined by which team had the best regular-season record.
World Series winners since 2000
|2020||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2018||Boston Red Sox|
|2015||Kansas City Royals|
|2014||San Francisco Giants|
|2013||Boston Red Sox|
|2012||San Francisco Giants|
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2010||San Francisco Giants|
|2009||New York Yankees|
|2007||Boston Red Sox|
|2006||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2005||Chicago White Sox|
|2004||Boston Red Sox|
|2000||New York Yankees|
World Series FAQs
Who won the World Series in 2020?
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series in 2020. The 2021 World Series is yet to be decided.
When is the World Series?
The 2021 World Series begins on October 26 and will run until November 3 if the series lasts for seven games.
Who is playing in the World Series?
The World Series will feature the American and National League champions at the conclusion of the MLB Playoffs.
Which team has won the most World Series titles?
The New York Yankees have more World Series titles than any other Major League team with 27 in total starting in 1923. Their most recent World Series win came in 2009.
Which team has home-field advantage at the World Series?
The team with the best regular-season record will have home-field advantage for the World Series, played in a 2-3-2 format.