Following a pandemic-shortened season, Opening Day for the 2021 MLB season may be the most anticipated start to a season … ever. Fans of America’s pastime are exuberant because they will be able to go back to the ballpark after last season was mainly played in the absence of fans.
Fans returning to baseball stadiums is meaningful in many ways as life around the world slowly tries to return to what it was before Covid. The start of baseball means that summer is right around the corner and people in the States are excited to be outdoors doing the things that they love. April 1 is much more than the first day of a regular season for a sport, it is a day that will show that life will continue to progress through these strange times.
It’s getting closer…
MLB Opening Day, all day on Thursday starting at 1:05 ET.
The starting pitchers in ESPN’s 4 games have combined for NINE Cy Young Awards, including five just between these two (Mets at Nationals, 7:09 ET Thursday on ESPN) pic.twitter.com/KtYU47ZyBc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 29, 2021
Baseball super-agent Scott Boras, who represents some of the game’s biggest stars like Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, said it best when he was quoted saying: “Baseball’s volume of games provides a daily routine and fabric of our American way of life. Simply said, baseball signifies American normalcy.”
MLB Opening Day is one symbol of how life is going currently in the U.S.A., but what will be more interesting is how the season ends. The possibility that the season progresses and more and more fans will be allowed back into the stadiums and end with full stadiums, is real. The MLB season will be a great indicator of how life in the States is unfolding throughout the summer and into the fall.
Fans of online sports betting will be able to bet on the MLB again which means there are games to bet on every day. The locker room at BetUs will continue providing all the best sports gambling advice and the most up-to-date news stories from around the MLB and other major sporting events around the globe.
Let’s take a look around the MLB to help you place some smart future bets on the World Series and Division winners. Also, I’ll give you my best bets for the Cy Young winners and some other betting advice.
Three days left to give us your picks. pic.twitter.com/7WZp3jNamS
— MLB (@MLB) March 29, 2021
National League Favorites
The National League is loaded with talent but here is a quick guide for future betting on all things in the NL.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The conversation for the World Series has to start with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The defending champs have a potential All-Star at every position and three of the top eight NL MVP odds favorites. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager will be battling for the award, as long as they are all healthy. If these guys stay healthy and the team can fend off injuries as a whole, then this Dodgers squad will challenge for the most wins in National League history.
The stellar starting rotation got better with the addition of the 2020 NL Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer, which gives the Dodgers three of the top 12 odds favorites for the NL Cy Young. The NL has a clear top dog, which means teams will be aiming for the Dodgers and trying to play their best ball when they share a field with them.
San Diego Padres
Predicted regular-season win total — 94½
The Padres have all the tools to compete with the Dodgers and win the NL West and possibly end the Dodgers’ run of eight consecutive division titles. It could be a storybook year for Fernando Tatis Jr. as he continues his takeover of the MLB and claims the NL MVP. Tatis or “El Niño,” has the same type of star-power that Ken Griffey Jr. had, which is awesome to see. Both Juniors play the game like a “Kid,” and like Griffey, Tatis brings excitement to the ballpark that is unparalleled.
Blake Snell is my favorite bet to win the NL Cy Young. Snell has the best stuff for any left-hander in the big-leagues and the Padres are going to need him to pitch a lot of innings. Snell and Yu Davish will need to be lights out for the Padres to keep up with the Dodgers, and I think they will.
Predicted regular season win total — 91½
The NL is loaded at the top and the Braves knew that when they went out and added key pieces to their starting rotation. The Braves have one of the game’s young-bright stars in Ronald Acuna Jr. and a deep rotation and good bullpen to go with it. Acuna Jr. joined the 30-30 (30+ home runs and 30+ stolen bases) club in 2019 and could become the fifth member of the 40-40 club this season while he leads the Braves to a 100+ win season.
The Braves’ offseason acquisitions of Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly in the starting rotation could give the Braves five standout starters. If one of the five can become a true ace then the Braves will be very dangerous come October.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 30, 2021
New York Mets
Predicted regular-season win total — 90
The Mets have a new owner who has built a team that is ready to compete for the National League pennant. The addition of Francisco Lindor to an already deep lineup could mean the Mets finish with the best offense in the NL. The defense could prove to be a weakness but it may not matter with how much firepower they have and how good some of their pitchers are.
The best pitcher in baseball right now is Jacob DeGrom. He has already won two NL Cy Young awards and is still getting better. DeGrom is the type of pitcher that people go to the ballpark or turn on the TV to watch. His combination of velocity, control, and movement is unparalleled on most days. DeGrom has the offense to back him if he does give up a few runs which means he could easily win 20 games and his third Cy Young.
Francisco Lindor has made a counteroffer to the Mets and is seeking a 12-year, $385M deal, per @timbhealey
The Mets offered Lindor a 10-year, $325M extension pic.twitter.com/zKVkfD2wWt
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) March 30, 2021
American League Favorites
New York Yankees
Predicted regular-season win total — 96
Once again the Yankees have the predicted best team in the American League. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are two of the best hitters in the game. If they stay healthy the Yankees will be scoring a lot of runs off of their bats. Judge has not been able to be on the field enough for his team to be considered a true MVP caliber player, but if that narrative changes then he will be receiving votes at the end of the year.
Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, and Jameson Taillon are three top-level talents that will be taking the mound for the Yankees. Once again if this trio can stay healthy they will be winning a lot of games. The only thing stopping the Yankees from winning the AL pennant for the 41st time is — the Yankees.
In 2021, it’s championship or bust for Aaron Judge and the Yankees.
Sound familiar? It should.
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) March 30, 2021
Predicted regular-season win total — 88½
The Twins could end up with the best offense in the AL behind the powerful bats of Miguel Sano, Josh Donaldson, and Nelson Cruz. They also have one of the best center fielders who is finding his groove in the majors in Byron Buxton. Buxton is phenomenal in the field and his power is coming along which makes the Twins offense dangerous because Buxton is also one of the fastest players in the league.
The big question for the Twins is if they have enough pitching to win the AL pennant. Time will tell as the season unfolds, but I expect this team to be competing in October.
Chicago White Sox
Predicted regular-season win total — 90½
The White Sox will be trying to capture their first division title since 2008 behind a strong rotation and a nice defensive unit. Center fielder Luis Roberts is a star in the making which should keep the buzz around this team. The Sox needs to stay healthy which has already proven to be an issue because Eloy Jimenez went down with a pectoral injury during spring-ball that should keep him out for at least five months.
Lucas Giolito could win 20 games and put himself at the top of the NL Cy Young race. If the rest of the starters can provide reliable good innings then the White Sox will be a top AL team. The Sox have a lot of questions which means they could very easily over-perform expectations or just as easily underperform.
Tampa Bay Rays
Predicted regular-season win total — 86½
The Rays are not built with star power, instead, they are built to get better as the season presses on which worked for them to get all the way to the World Series last year. The Rays have young-arms that they will eventually come up to the bigs and give hitters fits. The Rays are built to play 70+ people this year throwing new looks into the lineup. The Rays are dangerous because of their depth and hunger for these young players to prove themselves.
Randy Arozarena has won an AL Pennant.
Has nearly 100 postseason ABs.
Owns the MLB record for most HR in a single postseason.
Owns the MLB record for most hits in a single postseason.
Won an ALCS MVP.
…and he will qualify for Rookie of the Year this season. So weird. pic.twitter.com/W51DvH2jwG
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) March 29, 2021