Why the Dodgers Are Team to Beat

We are fast approaching the business end of the Major League Baseball season as the games continue to come at us thick and fast. Fans barely have time to draw breath before being catapulted into another hectic round, and things are beginning to get tense. Some teams have already booked their place in the next phase of the season, and others are still battling to book their spot through a wild card. Many have run their race and are simply counting down the games until the inevitable happens, and their challenge is over.

It's an excellent time for followers to put together their MLB best bets, and there are a few outright markets that still have plenty of value available. These include the American League winner, National League winner, and the World Series. There is also a healthy selection of specials available to help ramp up your interest in the coming weeks.

Traders at the leading online betting apps understand just how predictable MLB can be, but that hasn't deterred them from nailing their colors to the mast. They have put forward their outright betting odds, picking their favorites and inviting punters to prove them wrong. You can follow the thinking of the traders and go with the shortest price team or shoot for bigger odds and take on the bookies with an underdog you believe can cause an upset.

National League winner

The National League outright betting market has taken shape, and traders at each of the top betting apps agree on one thing: Los Angeles Dodgers are the team to beat. They are favorites in the betting to win the National League, and many shrewd pundits expect L.A. to do just that, living up to the hype and delivering the National League winners medal. The odds on offer suggest they will be pushed hard to the finish line by the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants, but should get across safely.

Competing in the National League West, Dodgers are currently second in the pecking order behind San Francisco Giants but appear to be hitting form at exactly the right time. L.A. put together an extended winning streak in September, and that caught the eye of the bookies, who are now desperate to keep on the right side of the form team.

American League winner

The betting odds attached to the American League winner makes it another competitive contest, but one the bookies have had no issues picking sides. If the season follows the expectations of oddsmakers, we will see the Houston Astros fight hard to hold off the attention of the Chicago White Sox. Houston has been pinned to the top of the market ahead of Chicago, and there's little attention paid to the likes of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, who look like they are there to simply make up the numbers.

The current American League West division has the Astros comfortably clear of the pack. They enjoyed a strong run of form towards the end of September, piecing together a winning streak. They are home and dry, leaving Athletics and the others to battle it out and try to finish as the best of the rest.

World Series winner

This season's World Series will begin on October 26, less than a month away. The venue is still to be set in stone, but, as always, the opening match of the series will be played at the home field of the league champion boasting the superior regular-season record. That means the pressure is on the contenders to not only win their league, but also do it in style. In past seasons, we have seen just how important home advantage could be in the opener.

Which team will get off to a strong start and go on to write their name into the sporting history books by winning the 2021 World Series? That remains to be seen, but fans can take their clues from the betting with Los Angeles Dodgers, the bookies' favorite and by a sizable margin ahead of second favorites and main rivals Houston Astros.

It's all falling into place nicely for followers of MLB, but there are still plenty of games to be played, and everything can change. Experienced baseball fans know only too well that at this level, anything can happen.

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