It’s a full MLB betting preview show today as Joe, Iain and Ninja break down nine of their favorite 2021 futures bets!
The NL East has certainly made some noise this offseason. The New York Mets have let it be known that they want to be contenders, the Miami Marlins seem to be on the up and up, and you can’t discount the Atlanta Braves. This division seems loaded and Joe will give you his pick to win this very tight division.
Each of the guys has a player prop on the show and Joe is looking at Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. The 27-year-old hit .322 in a shortened 2020 season with 10 home runs in 49 games. The White Sox are a popular pick to break out as a team this season and if they do, Anderson should have a big role to play.
Joe has the lone World Series pick on the show today, and he’s looking at a National League team. While the Los Angeles Dodgers have the shortest odds to win at around +300, there is some betting value to be had elsewhere. There are a few teams who you can make an argument for given their price, but you have to look at what the team can do in return.
Iain is picking a division Sportsbook as well and for his bet, he’s going into the AL West. This division really seems like a two-horse race between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics. The Astros have lost a few key pieces from their World Series team of a few seasons ago, but they still have the prospects and vets to hang around. One team you can’t count out in the AL West always seems to be the Oakland A’s. They find a way to put together a squad that can grind it out and rattle off some wins. They have a solid rotation and good bullpen arms. It’s between these two teams for Iain’s bet.
The AL Rookie of the Year race is shaping up to be a good one with the likes of Andrew Vaughn, Jarred Kelenic, Nick Madrigal and Randy Arozarena near the top of the list. Arozarena really broke out in last year’s playoff run by the Tampa Bay Rays, so there could be some value there. BUT, that’s not who Iain is picking to win it. It’s a big plus-money bet from I-Mac.
Iain’s third bet on the show is a win total for the Colorado Rockies. The big news this offseason was the unloading of Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals. The move was certainly met with skepticism as the Rockies will retain a chunk of Arenado’s salary and this team is in trouble with very few pieces to sell to the fan base and build around. Their win total sits at 63.5.
Juan Soto is certainly one of the most dynamic young players in MLB, and Ninja is betting on one of his props. The 22-year-old left-fielder broke out during the Nationals’ World Series run in 2019 and will look to get back into that form. With so many inter-division games, Soto has a chance to feast on some starters that he can take advantage of.
We’re covering so many different props on the show today, so Ninja has a bet for the AL Cy Young Sportsbook. This is a nice plus-money spot for a guy with a lively arm. There is too much value in this bet to turn it down. This pitcher has great control of his stuff, doesn’t walk many and plays for a team that uses its pitchers in a unique manner.
The Milwaukee Brewers are one of a few teams looking for a bounce-back campaign. The Brew Crew have a solid rotation and bullpen, which seems a little underrated. One question mark for this team is Christian Yelich. If he returns to MVP form, the Brewers could really be a handful. The NL Central has been one of the most balanced divisions over recent years but the question remains: will it be that way in 2021?