MLB Betting: Bold Predictions for the 2021 Season
It’s hard to believe, but this is the week that many baseball fans love! Spring Training starts this week, as pitchers and catchers report to their respective camps. Baseball fans know that once Spring Training starts, Opening Day will be just a few short weeks away!
Now that we’re entering the baseball season, Las Vegas is also starting to put out some of their MLB odds on the upcoming season. Bettors are ready to make some future bets on the upcoming baseball season. We’re going to make five bold betting predictions, and we hope that some of them can help you make some money!
Five bold betting predictions for the 2021 MLB Season
1. The Dodgers Won’t Win 100 Games
The over/under win total for the Los Angeles Dodgers is currently set at 100.5. Even though the Dodgers have a stacked lineup, and arguably the best starting pitching staff in the league, things are bound to happen. The Dodgers bullpen still has some issues, injuries will happen, and the San Diego Padres have loaded up as well. We think that the Dodgers will win the division, but we’re not confident that they’ll eclipse the 100 win mark.
2. Manny Machado Will Win the NL MVP Award
At +3000, Machado is nowhere near the favorite to win the award. Since he has signed with the Padres, Machado has quietly slipped under the radar. In 2019, he hit 32 home runs with 85 RBI’s. We think that he’ll have a monster year this year, and with the Padres having improved immensely, we think Machado will be in the MVP discussion.
3. The White Sox Will Fall Short of Their Projected Win Total
The White Sox are an up-and-coming team in the American League. Their lineup is stacked with some good, young power hitters, their starting pitching is good, and their bullpen should be elite. Vegas has set their win total at 91.5. We’re just not sure that the White Sox are ready for the big time yet.
4. Jack Flaherty Will Win the NL Cy Young Award
Flaherty has all of the tools to win the Cy Young Award. The Cardinals should be the favorite to win the National League Central. Their young ace now has enough seasoning to be in contention for the top pitching award. With a good defense and a strong offense supporting him, Flaherty has a great shot at winning the Cy Young Award this season. At +1300, a small bet could still earn you a lot of money.
5. Ke’Bryan Hayes Will Win the NL Rookie of the Year Award
In his short amount of time in the big leagues last season, Hayes showed that he belongs. He had a 1.7 WAR, and hit five homers in his 24-game stint. Hayes is also a stellar defender. He’ll be one of the top offensive players on a Pirates team that will more than likely finish in last place in their division. If Hayes can continue on his path from last season, he should have a great shot to win the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year award.