The MLB Playoffs are delivering all the drama you could have hoped for, including a Game 5 that will decide who moves into the NLCS to face the Atlanta Braves. We have already seen some surprises this postseason and you have to say that the Dodgers stumbling at the NLDS hurdle would be another one, even though it would come at the hands of a San Francisco Giants team that finished ahead of them, albeit only just, in the regular season. We do know the other teams that have moved on and are waiting to take the next step, so now is probably a good time to look at the current MLB World Series odds. Keep in mind that these will change as soon as that Game 5 is played.
Updated 2021 World Series Odds | MLB Betting
Houston Astros (+200)
Love them or hate them, the Astros once again look like a legitimate threat to win it all this season. Not only did they take out the Chicago White Sox in 4 games, they did so in some considerable style. Houston scored 31 runs over the course of those 4 games and even managed to score 6 runs in their lone loss in that series. They lost 12-6 in that game, but outside of that, they have looked good on the defensive side of things.
LA Dodgers (+350)
Despite having one of the best records in baseball in the regular season, the Dodgers were forced to go the Wild Card route. They got past the Cardinals, winning 3-1 with a walk-off home run, and are now in a fantastic battle with the Giants. They stayed alive with a 7-2 win in Game 4, but they now need to go on the road for the decider. This is a team with a ton of playoff experience, which probably explains why they are in as the favorite to move on.
Boston Red Sox (+400)
The Red Sox came into the playoffs as a bit of a dark horse, which is surprising when you consider their history. Still, they had to go through the Wild Card route, knocking off the Yankees before facing another divisional foe in the shape of the Tampa Bay Rays. The first couple of games were tight, but the Red Sox stepped it up a notch in Games 3 and 4 to get the 3-1 series win. They cannot be overlooked at this point.
San Francisco Giants (+450)
Holding off the Dodger to win the NL West does not seem to have impressed the bookies, as they have the Giants as an underdog heading into Game 5 of the NLDS. They will be disappointed at letting the Dodgers off the hook in Game 4, but they will feel good about heading back home for the deciding game.
Atlanta Braves (+500)
It must feel like a bit of a slight for Braves fans to see their team as the outright underdog to win the World Series, especially sitting behind teams that have yet to move past the Divisional Series. The Braves pitching was excellent in their 3-1 series win over the Brewers, plus they are getting some very timely hitting. Keep an eye on these guys.