Aces high: Padres join World Series favorites

Landing a pair of aces to front a once-ragged rotation has thrust the San Diego Padres near the top of the 2021 World Series odds.

The Padres jumped from 12-1 to 7-1 at SportsBetting.com to win the World Series behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1) and New York Yankees (6-1).



San Diego entered the playoffs as a wild card last season and outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals in a wild opening-round series in which pitching was a problem for the Padres due to injuries and quality in the rotation.

Padres load up on pitching

The Padres might have solved that problem this week.

Blake Snell
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San Diego’s rotation after a flurry of moves could include adding ace starting pitchers Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) and Yu Darvish (Chicago Cubs), putting the team in position to compete in a series with frontloaded favorites like the Dodgers. The Los Angeles rotation is anchored by Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw.

Tampa Bay dropped from 11-1 to 14-1 after losing Snell. The Cubs dropped to 40-1 from 25-1 last week.

World Series odds from SportsBetting.com

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 4/1
  • New York Yankees 6/1
  • San Diego Padres 7/1
  • Atlanta Braves 11/1
  • Chicago White Sox 14/1
  • New York Mets 14/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 16/1
  • Minnesota Twins 18/1
  • Houston Astros 20/1
  • Oakland Athletics 20/1
  • Cleveland Indians 25/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 28/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 33/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 35/1
  • Boston Red Sox 40/1
  • Chicago Cubs 40/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies 40/1
  • St. Louis Cardinals 40/1
  • Washington Nationals 40/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 50/1
  • Miami Marlins 66/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 80/1
  • San Francisco Giants 80/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 100/1
  • Colorado Rockies 100/1
  • Seattle Mariners 100/1
  • Detroit Tigers 125/1
  • Kansas City Royals 125/1
  • Texas Rangers 125/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 200/1




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