It doesn’t get much better than October baseball. Major League Baseball‘s postseason culminates in the Fall Classic, otherwise known as the World Series. And betting on the best-of-7 championship is something you can now do at legal and regulated sportsbooks in Michigan.
MLB futures allow you to bet on any team you like to win the World Series, from the offseason through spring training, into and regular season and throughout the MLB postseason.
Read on to find out everything about betting on the World Series in Michigan, including how and where to bet online, along with the latest 2021 World Series odds.
Once the World Series starts, there are all kinds of ways you can bet on it in Michigan. This includes moneyline, run line, total and team, and player prop wagering for each World Series game. Bets on the series as a whole and series-based prop betting are available as well.
But you don’t have to wait for October to bet on the World Series. Michigan sportsbooks allow betting on MLB futures markets starting in the offseason, running through spring training and the regular season, and into the MLB postseason up until the World Series is set.
See below for live World Series futures odds at MI online sportsbooks. Odds will change throughout the season. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and lock in your World Series bets. Check back during the World Series itself for live moneyline, run line and totals bet on each game.
World Series futures are the bets you can make at Michigan sportsbooks on any team to win the World Series during the offseason, spring training, regular season and MLB postseason.
You can pick any team you like to win the World Series, and you’ll book that bet at currently posted moneyline odds. Those odds might change for future betting alongside a team’s chances of winning the World Series, but you’ll lock in the odds at the time you place the bet.
Teams out of contention will drop off the board. The odds will shrink on the true contenders as the season continues until the two World Series teams remain.
During the offseason, Michigan sportsbooks will post the odds on all 30 teams to win the World Series.
Oddsmakers base these odds on last season’s stats and standings, future projections, the impact of significant offseason roster changes and team history. The odds may be adjusted through spring training based on real-life performance, injuries and how those might affect the regular-season performance of each team.
The World Series futures odds are adjusted even further throughout the regular season based on real-life performance, current standings, significant injuries and roster moves. Teams that play their way out of contention will drop off the board throughout the season, driving the odds on the real contenders down even further.
Finally, the postseason starts, and the odds are adjusted heavily based on game and series wins and losses, all the way up until the American and National League Championship Series are over. At that point, the World Series futures market becomes simply the World Series betting market.
Normally, all 30 MLB teams play 162 regular-season games, and the top five teams in each the National and American Leagues earn spots in the MLB postseason. This field includes the three division winners and the two teams with the best records outside of the division winners in each league.
The MLB postseason starts in October and includes four rounds, starting with the Wild Card games. These games pit the two teams in each league with the best records outside of the division winners against each other in a single-elimination game.
The winners then face the top team in each league in the Division Series. The other two division winners also take each other on in the Division Series. These series follow a best-of-five format.
The winners then face off in the best-of-seven Championship Series. Finally, the winners of the American League and National League pennants face one another in the World Series, which also follows a best-of-seven format.
Michigan sportsbooks will offer a full slate of MLB betting markets for every game throughout the regular season and postseason. Plus, World Series futures bets will be offered for the 2021 season and beyond.
Most sportsbooks have made the following three teams the favorites to contend for the 2021 World Series:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the preseason favorite to win the 2021 World Series at most sportsbooks. They’re fresh off a 2020 championship in a season shortened by COVID-19, and they added reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer to their already-loaded roster.
LA has MLB’s deepest roster and multiple MVP candidates, with star outfielders Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts joining ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodgers are hoping to become the first back-to-back MLB champion since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.
The New York Yankees lured away a star pitcher from another team in the offseason. What’s new, really?
This time, it’s Corey Kluber, formerly of the Cleveland Indians and most recently the Texas Rangers in 2020. They added former Houston Astro Gerrit Cole before the start of the shortened 2020 season, and the same potent offense and a stellar bullpen that got them to the brink of the past two Fall Classics will make the Yankees a legitimate contender again.
Yes, those San Diego Padres. For a couple of years now, San Diego has shown willingness to spend some dough, grabbing former Kansas City Royals star Eric Hosmer, among others. And after unearthing a new star in Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres inked him to an essential lifetime contract of 14 years and $340 million.
Throw in pitchers Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Mark Melancon, to name a few, and the NL West has added another heavyweight.
We don’t need to rehash the Yankees’ bona fides again, but consider them in the full thick of things for the American League pennant.
We’re not leaving out the Tampa Bay Rays this year, either, after they came within two wins of a championship in 2020. They did part ways with the aforementioned Snell and Charlie Morton, but a full season from budding star Randy Arozarena may salve some of those wounds.
The AL Central provides a trio of teams who could make some postseason noise. The Minnesota Twins are the two-time defending division champions, and they hope Andrelton Simmons at shortstop will sew up the infield defense. They’ll be counting on Josh Donaldson to boost an otherwise middling lineup.
Just behind are the Chicago White Sox, who broke out in the shortened 2020 season and now have experienced manager Tony La Russa at the helm. Watch out for the effects of left fielder Eloy Jimenez’s spring training pectoral injury, though.
The Cleveland Indians are still in the discussion, too, but inspired play will have to come from new sources after the departures of Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.
In the AL West, the story begins and ends with the Houston Astros, but much of that projection is relying on past strength instead of a bizarre 2020 performance. The Oakland A’s, who took the division last season, lost a number of contributors on its pitching staff from a team that overachieved its mathematical projections.
The Dodgers’ and Padres’ exploits as contenders are well-worn. Beyond that, three NL East teams could be in that next wave.
The Atlanta Braves possess a talented lineup top-to-bottom, and outfielder Ronald Acuna possesses a rare dynamism in the pro game. Freddy Freeman is a 30-home-run, 100-RBI contender. Don’t forget about Ozzie Albies at second or the versatile Marcell Ozuna, either.
The Washington Nationals, they of 2019 World Series fame, added Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber to their lineup. And Juan Soto is a potential five-tool player and is still just 22 years old. Oh yeah, then there’s Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, too. Those pitchers — no big deal.
Then maybe, just maybe, the New York Mets might have something to say about this season as well. But that will require an improved hamstring outlook for Carlos Carrasco, as the Mets already have lost pitcher Noah Syndergaard. That just puts more pressure on Jacob deGrom on the bump and Lindor in the field to carry the Mets out of their malaise since winning the 2015 NL pennant.
The NL Central … well, it exists. But sorry, Central. We don’t see a World Series appearance coming from you this year.
The World Series futures market presents a unique betting opportunity for everyone from casual sports fans betting for the first time to experienced handicappers who follow MLB religiously.
If you find yourself a part of the former group and are considering betting in the World Series futures market this season, mull the following:
The American League Champions and National League Champions have met in the World Series 116 times. So far, the AL champs have won 66 and the NL champs 50.
No team has won more World Series titles than the American League’s New York Yankees, who have won the World Series a whopping 27 times. However, the last Yankees World Series win was in 2009.
The only other team with 10 or more World Series wins is the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals, who have 11. The Cardinals last won the World Series in 2011.
The AL’s Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox each have nine World Series wins.
Only 24 teams have ever won the World Series, half from the AL and half from the NL. Of that group, 20 teams have won multiple World Series titles, again, half from the AL and half from the NL.
That means the Yankees’ massive World Series win total makes all the difference in the AL vs. NL World Series win total statistic.
|New York Yankees||AL||40||27|
|St. Louis Cardinals||NL||19||11|
|Oakland Athletics ||AL||14||9|
|Boston Red Sox||AL||13||9|
|San Francisco Giants||NL||20||8|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||NL||21||7|
|Cincinnati Reds ||NL||9||5|
|Chicago White Sox||AL||5||3|
|New York Mets||NL||5||2|
|Kansas City Royals||AL||4||2|
|Toronto Blue Jays||AL||2||2|
|Los Angeles Angels||AL||1||1|
The New York Yankees have won the most World Series titles at 27. That equals 23.3% of all the World Series played and 40.9% of the World Series wins posted by the American League.
The Yankees have appeared in 40 World Series. The team’s 27 wins give them a 67.5% World Series winning percentage in the years they have appeared. No other team is even close to the Yankees when it comes to World Series wins. It would take a decade and a half of consecutive World Series wins for any team to catch them at this point.
Beginning in the 1920s, the Yankees won two or more World Series in every decade except the 1980s and the 2010s. They were shut out in those two decades. However, they won at least one American League pennant in every decade from the 1920s until the 2010s.
The Yankees are the only team ever to have won five consecutive World Series, from 1949-53. They are also the only team ever to have won four consecutive World Series, managing that feat in the previously mentioned run, along with 1936-39.
The Yankees also won three consecutive World Series from 1998-2000. The Oakland Athletics are the only other team to have three-peated, winning from 1972-74.
Add it up, and the New York Yankees are far and away the all-time champions of baseball.
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Michigan’s first retail sportsbooks launched inside Detroit’s three commercial casinos, MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino Hotel, and MotorCity Casino Hotel, in early 2020.
Several sports betting sites have launched in 2020 and 2021 and accept bets on futures, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
The World Series futures market is by far the most popular, but there are some MLB futures you can also bet on. The list includes:
The World Series is played in the home ballparks of the American and National League Champions. That means we won’t know where exactly the World Series will take place until two teams emerge as American and National League Champions.
Home-field advantage is awarded to the league championship team with the best regular-season win-loss record of the two. That means Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be hosted by the team with the best record and the other team will host Games 3, 4, and 6.
The 1919 World Series featured the Black Sox Scandal, involving charges against several members of the Chicago White Sox and various gamblers for allegedly conspiring to throw the World Series games.
The underdog Cincinnati Reds beat the heavily favored White Sox to win the best-of-nine World Series five games to three. Two years later, eight players from the White Sox were banned from baseball for allegedly fixing the series even though they were acquitted of any criminal charges.