2021 MLB Season Preview, Predictions & Betting Picks

We have expert betting predictions for the upcoming 2021 MLB season, which sees every team play 162 games.

It’s great to see baseball back on the screens after a shortened 2020 season. The Los Angeles Dodgers were our pick to win last year and they’re going for the repeat in 2021.

We have 2021 World Series predictions, including which players will take out MVP honours.

2021 Major League Baseball Season Preview

2021 World Series Best Bet – LA Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers did the job for punters in 2021 so why not follow them again?

The 4-2 World Series win over Tampa Bay was down to the class of the Dodgers, which has an astronomical salary cap. The salary cap puts them above most teams in Major League Baseball.

It gives the Dodgers a head start and it is great news for punters. $4.33 for the defending champions is good shopping and although repeating isn’t easy, this team could become a dynasty.

The pitching lineup includes Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and Dustin May has been named as the fifth starter over the last two days. We haven’t included David Price and Tony Gonsolin, who will pitch when needed.

It’s a seriously strong lineup and with quality hitters featuring, including Mookie Bets, the Dodgers have every reason to go back-to-back.

2021 World Series Best Value – Chicago White Sox

There is plenty of excitement as to what the Chicago White Sox can produce in 2021. Punters get value odds at $8.50 and we’re expecting their price to shorten throughout the season.

Chicago has a talented starting five pitchers, including Dallas Keuchel, Lance Lynn and Carlos Rondon.

There is also significant depth in the hitting department. Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, Nick Madrigal, Adam Eaton and Leury Garcia are just some of the names.

Punters are backing a team that has struggled for success in recent years, but this could be a breakout season for the White Sox. They are due and we’re excited about what they can achieve this season.

2021 American League MVP Best Bet – Mike Trout

Jose Abreu won the MVP award last season and he’s paying $23 as a White Sox player this season. However, we always back Mike Trout and this could be his year.

The Los Angeles Angels star is the only player quoted at single-figure odds with bookmakers and that’s a sign of his potential this season.

Trout just needs to avoid getting injured to win the title. He is easily the best player for the Angels, so garnering votes is easier.

Backing Mike Trout is often a good recipe for punters and we like the odds.

2021 American League MVP Best Value – Shohei Ohtani

We might be contracting ourselves by picking Los Angeles Angel Shohei Ohtani, but he’s a good saver bet for Trout backers.

The Japanese star has been dogged by injuries since arriving in the MLB, but the dual threat is a key player in the MVP race.

Ohtani is a pitcher and hitter, so you get the best of both worlds. Many critics have suggested he should only hit for the Angels, but his pitching is too good to ignore.

The 26-year-old played only two games last season, but if he’s a regular in the team, expect his odds to firm considerably.

2021 National League MVP Best Bet – Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts was our top pick last season and although he didn’t win, he was a key piece for the Dodgers’ success.

Betts was the favourite to win the NL MVP this year, but late money has come for Fernando Tatis Jr and Juan Soto. However, we’re confident Betts will give punters a good sight in 2021.

He is a player that is known to give his all in every game, which is all you can ask for an MVP candidate. He rarely takes a day off and it’s hard not to like his chances.

2021 National League MVP Best Value – Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper won’t want to be known as a big contract player that eased off once he got paid, so expect a big season.

The Philadelphia Philli has yet to win a postseason series and that will be bugging him. He is no doubt one of the best players in the league, hence why he signed a record-breaking contract.

However, Harper now needs to prove his worth on the field. He can do that by winning MVP and it’s well within his grasp.

Harper only needs to improve his on-base percentage and he will be right in the mix. $14 is worth the risk.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.