Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill on Thursday opened the Dodgers’ 2021 season-win whole at 104.5. That is tied with the 1999 Yankees for the very best win whole at sportsbooks prior to now 32 seasons, in keeping with odds archive SportsOddsHistory.com.
Along with the reigning World Collection champion Dodgers, 4 different groups additionally opened with win totals of 90 or increased — the Yankees (97), Atlanta Braves (92), San Diego Padres (92) and Chicago White Sox (90.5).
The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the opposite finish of the spectrum and opened with a win whole of 58, tied with the 1993 enlargement Florida Marlins for the bottom win whole prior to now 32 seasons. The Colorado Rockies have the next-lowest opening win whole this season at 62.5.
Different notable totals at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill embody the New York Mets (89), defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays (88.5), Houston Astros (88), St. Louis Cardinals (88), Philadelphia Phillies (81.5), Chicago Cubs (79.5) and Boston Red Sox (77).
As pitchers and catchers start reporting for spring coaching, the Dodgers are the clear-cut, consensus favorites to win the World Collection, with odds round +350 at most sportsbooks. At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, the Dodgers are even shorter, at +200. The 1999 Yankees additionally started the season at +200 to win the World Collection.
“It is very uncommon for a baseball staff to be that low earlier than the season,” Nick Bogdanovich, director of buying and selling for William Hill U.S., stated in an organization launch.
Final yr, the Dodgers posted a .717 successful share within the abbreviated 60-game common season, which interprets to 116 wins in a full 162-game slate. Solely two groups — the 1906 Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners — have received 116 video games in a season.
After beating the Rays in final yr’s World Collection, the Dodgers re-signed star gamers Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and pitcher Walker Buehler and bolstered their pitching workers by buying Nationwide League Cy Younger Award winner Trevor Bauer.
The Dodgers have been the betting favourite in each recreation final season, together with within the playoffs, a streak that is more likely to proceed in 2021.
“This Dodgers staff, on paper, appears like an All-Star staff in a number of methods,” Randy Blum, an oddsmaker for the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, informed ESPN. “In the event you have a look at their pitching workers, you might take any of their high guys, whether or not it is [Clayton] Kershaw, Bauer or Buehler, and throw them at house in opposition to the Pirates, and people numbers are going to be absurd.”
ESPN’s Vince Masi contributed to this report.
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