Red Sox’ World Series Odds Improve to +825 After Eliminating Yankees

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  • Red Sox’ odds to win 2021 World Series improve from +1400 to +825 after beating Yankees in AL Wild Card Game
  • Boston will begin the ALDS on Thursday on the road against the Rays
  • Red Sox open as +155 underdogs to beat Tampa Bay in the series

Thanks to Tuesday’s 6-2 triumph over the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game, the Boston Red Sox are moving on. Alex Cora’s crew will take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS starting on Thursday night, while we won’t see the Yankees again until next spring.

Boston came into the winner-take-all game as something of a betting long-shot to win the 2021 World Series. Boston’s odds to win it all were listed at +1400 entering last night’s game. After beating New York, however, the Sox’ odds were slashed almost in half. As of this writing, the triumphant Red Sox suddenly have +800 odds to win the title later this fall.

The updated World Series odds, as of Wednesday afternoon, are listed as follows over at BetOnline:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+350)
  • San Francisco Giants (+500)
  • Houston Astros (+525)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (+525)
  • Chicago White Sox (+725)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (+800)
  • Boston Red Sox (+825)
  • Atlanta Braves (+1200)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (+1800)

Red Sox Bats Get to Cole

Boston knocked Yankees ace Gerrit Cole out of Tuesday’s game in just the third inning. A two-run homer from Xander Bogaerts followed by a solo shot from Kyle Schwarber put the Red Sox up 3-0 early in the game. Aaron Boone decided to yank the $324 million man after completing just two innings. The Yankees’ bullpen held up pretty well after that, but a two-run single from Boston’s Alex Verdugo in the bottom of the seventh proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Bronx Bombers.

Needless to say, the Red Sox will be up against it if they are to win another championship this fall. The Red Sox will have their No. 3 starter on the mound when they open the ALDS on Thursday in St. Petersburg. Eduardo Rodriguez is likely to start for Boston, while the Rays will counter with a lefty of their own in Shane McClanahan.

The five-game Division Series format may actually prove useful to the Red Sox. If they’re able to steal one of the first two games at the Trop, Boston can return home to Fenway with an advantage for Games 3 and 4. The Red Sox finished 5-4 at Fenway in nine head-to-head meetings with Tampa Bay during the regular season. 

One name to watch for Boston is J.D. Martinez. The team’s slugging DH was forced to miss the Wild Card Game after spraining his ankle during Sunday’s season finale against the Nationals. Boston left Martinez off the roster for the game against the Yankeees, and his availability for the ALDS is still up in the air. 

Tough Road for Red Sox

If the Red Sox are to make a deep run this October, they’ll likely have to slug their way there. Boston ranked near the top of the league in a number of offensive categories during the regular season, but their pitching is rather suspect. Chris Sale, who has been up-and-down since returning from Tommy John surgery late in the season, will likely get the ball for Cora in Game 2. The veteran southpaw went 5-1 across his nine starts with a 3.16 ERA, but he was chased after completing just 2.1 innings of work in his most recent start against Washington.

BetOnline has the Red Sox listed as +155 underdogs to beat the Rays in the ALDS. Tampa Bay claimed 10 of the 19 regular-season meetings between the clubs. If Boston advances, they will take on either the Houston Astros or Chicago White Sox in the AL Championship Series. The Red Sox went just 2-5 against the Astros this season, and they posted a 3-4 regular-season mark against the White Sox.

Taylor Smith

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