- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Dodgers may have won the World Series on Tuesday night, but the way-too-early odds for what the 2021 MLB season will bring are here.

According to the oddsmakers at Sports Betting Dime, Washington Nationals star Juan Soto could be primed for an MVP-caliber season. The betting company lists Soto as having 11-1 odds to win the National League MVP award, trailing just Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. at 10-1 and edging the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts  and the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. at 12-1.

Soto broke onto the scene as a 19-year-old in 2018, slugging 22 home runs and driving in 70 runners en route to a second-place finish in Rookie of the Year voting. He followed that up with a 34-homer, 110-RBI campaign, finishing it off with a World Series.

And in 2020, Soto led the league with a .351 batting average, .490 on-base percentage and .695 slugging percentage.

Even though Soto could be ready for another standout season, oddsmakers have the Nationals at 30-1 odds to win the World Series — the 12th best odds. However, in 2019, Washington’s odds fell to 55-1 in the middle of July, sitting at 32-38 and trailing the Braves by 8.5 games in the NL East.

Oddsmakers have the Dodgers as the most likely team to win the Fall Classic in 2021 at 9-2, followed by the Yankees, Braves, Rays and Padres.


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