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Current Opinion Piece

april opinion piece   

who is the favorite to win the 2021 world series?

2020 was a wild year not only for the world but also for the game of baseball as we saw a shortened regular season and updated playoff logistics in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people were not sure if the pandemic would affect the 2021 season too. However, here we are in April of 2021 and things are making a return to what we know as normal for baseball. There are fans again in stadiums, even if it is in limited capacity. Most notable is the regular season is returning to the usual 162 game schedule. This will change a lot of things as we now can get a better sense for who the top teams are because teams will not be as affected by large hot or cold streaks. They will have a lot more games to make up for a slump or to fall off from a hot streak. In my opinion, I believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers will go back-to-back and win the 2021 World Series. The Dodgers won the 2020 World Series and, even after that fact, I believe that they are an even better team this year. On the offensive side the only contributors they lost from last year’s team were Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez who are very good baseball players by all regards but were more of utility players than true starters. The Dodgers replaced Kike Hernandez with Gavin Lux, one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball with a ton of potential. Plus now the Dodgers will get a full year of production again out of former MVP’s Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts. To go along with these superstars, they also have other stars in shortstop Corey Seager, infielder Max Muncy, third baseman Max Muncy and catcher Will Smith. Additionally, the Dodgers already had one of the best rotations with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Dustin May, and Julio Urias. So this did not seem like it would need to be an area for the Dodgers to address in the offseason. That didn’t stop the Dodgers though as they went out and signed 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer to be yet another ace for this pitching staff. Plus David Price, a former Cy Young Award pitcher from his days on the Tampa Bay Rays, is returning to provide more pitching depth after sitting out the 2020 season. Lastly, the Dodgers still have one of the best bullpens in baseball with a bullpen full of closer level relievers in Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen, Corey Knebel, and Brusdar Graterol. The Dodgers are, in my opinion, the team with the most depth of any team in baseball with not only superstar level starters but substitutes who would be starters on many other teams. I believe this combination of firepower and positional depth leaves them as the team with by far the best odds of winning the 2021 World Series.