Make Smarter World Series Bets

October baseball is here which means it’s the best time of year for baseball betting. We’re bringing you all you need to know to make your World Series bets.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021 12:04 PM ET Read Time: 2 min
The Commissioner's Trophy sits on the field during the Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series Championship ceremony before the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium.
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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

Odds

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
Jose Altuve +1,400
Michael Brantley +1,500
Alex Bregman +1,500
Freddie Freeman +1,500
Kyle Tucker +1,500

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. 

Position Total
Pitcher 29
Third baseman 10
Outfielder 9
Catcher 7
Shortstop 6
Designated hitter 3
First baseman 3
Second baseman 1

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

The World Series is the biggest baseball event of the year and many fans new to sports betting may be wondering how to wager on their team and the MLB action. Learn how to bet on baseball with our extensive guide filled with tips and strategies. 

Where to bet on the World Series

Knowing where to place your baseball bets is as important as what you’re betting on. The best betting sites are trusted, regulated and offer a variety of safe deposit and withdrawal options for bettors. 

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. 

Home-field advantage

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

Year Winner
2021 TBD
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Washington Nationals
2018 Boston Red Sox
2017 Houston Astros
2016 Chicago Cubs
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
2008 Philidelphia Phillies
2007 Boston Red Sox
2006 St. Louis Cardinals
2005 Chicago White Sox
2004 Boston Red Sox
2003 Flordia Marlins
2002 Anaheim Angels
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
2000 New York Yankees

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