There are four words that can cut through the most brutal of winter and warm the hearts of folk, sparking the hope of spring. Those words were uttered (and tweeted) on Wednesday: pitchers and catchers report.
While MLB spring training begins in Florida and Arizona (until further notice), sportsbooks are seeing a betting favorite on their 2021 World Series futures markets. The New York Mets have earned the most handle and wagers at BetMGM and FanDuel, and sit second behind the Chicago White Sox at DraftKings.
It’s been a busy winter for the sluggers from Queens. The team traded for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland, picked up Joey Lucchesi from San Diego, along with Jordan Yamamoto from Miami. The team was sold to billionaire Steve Cohen, fired multiple employees due to sexual harassment allegations, and will play the season without the suspended Robinson Cano.
Despite all this uncertainty, the Mets are the hottest ticket at BetMGM, commanding 31.2 percent of handle and nearly one quarter of all tickets sold. Their price dropped from +2500 to +1200. The Mets are down to +1000 on FanDuel and DraftKings. At 23 percent of handle and 18 percent of tickets sold, the Mets lead the FanDuel national market.
Following their 35-25 season and return to the playoffs, the White Sox currently have 21 percent of the DraftKings handle and 14 percent of the tickets sold. Lance Lynn joins a solid roster of young talent and offensive potency. Chicago is second on FanDuel at 18 percent handle and 13.8 percent tickets sold. On both sites the Sox are +850, while BetMGM has them at +1000.
The defending champion Dodgers remain the shortest odds across the boards, thanks to the acquisition of star pitcher Trevor Bauer. They have sold the most tickets at DraftKings at 21 percent of the market.
Other teams drawing interest include the Yankees, the Padres, and the Cardinals. San Diego is getting a lot of action in a variety of states, while the Cardinals have seen their price drop to +2200 over the offseason after significant betting interest. The Yankees remain the favorites to come out of the American League.