The 2021 MLB season has just started, but there are already many noteworthy MLB betting storylines from the first week of action.
A number of individual and team MLB futures odds have taken a hit out of the gate. NL MVP favorite Fernando Tatis, Jr. went down with a non-contact shoulder injury on Monday night and is sidelined indefinitely. It looks like Tatis will not require surgery, but the uncertain timeline has dropped his MVP odds to +2500.
On the team front, the most stunning storyline so far is the start that the Oakland A’s have had. The A’s got a much-needed win over the Houston Astros last night, scoring five runs in the 8th and 9th to win 6-2. Still, the A’s are 2-7 and have been outscored 61-25. Entering the season, the A’s (+155) were just a shade behind the Houston Astros (+135) in the AL West. Now, the 6-2 Astros are -130 to win the AL West, while the A’s have dropped to +250.
The A’s and Astros have one of the top MLB betting matchups of the weekend, as they play their rubber match this afternoon. Another AL West team will be hoping for a little more success than they had last night, as the Texas Rangers will be aiming to rebound from being no-hit by the Padres’ Joe Musgrove last night. It was a historic no-hitter, as the Padres finally joined the other 29 MLB teams in having a no-hitter to their name.
Also, it was the earliest MLB no-hitter (by calendar date) since Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles on April 4, 2001.
Is this the week that the New York Mets finally lose their NL East lead? After losing the first two against the Marlins, their lead has been trimmed to just 1.5 games. Look for that lead to be potentially shrink more today, as the home team is the better bet today.
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