Baseball fans can rejoice with the return of the traditional 162-game schedule in 2021. Opening day was set for April 1 with the season running through Oct. 3. Expect a normal schedule with teams again playing teams across the American and National Leagues. Individual teams created their own plans regarding the number of fans in the stands in 2020, but there should at least be some spectators in most stadiums this year.
Last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to win the World Series after a 60-game schedule with strict COVID rules. The Texas Rangers’ new indoor Globe Life Park hosted the series and will only now be officially unveiled for the team’s own games.
A normal schedule also means more wagering opportunities for bettors. Can the Dodgers now win it again in a normal season? That remains to be seen, but L.A. has opened as the futures betting favorite to win the series. At +350, a $100 wager would return a $350 profit plus that initial hundred bucks. Here’s a look at some of the other favorites, according to WIlliam Hill:
White Sox +1000
Blue Jays +2200