By Bill Speros | | 8 mins
Ultimate Boston Red Sox Betting Guide, 2021 Odds & Tips
The Boston Red Sox collapsed in 2020 and completed the shortened season with their worst winning percentage since 1965.
The Red Sox finished in last place in the American League East and won just 24 games, which would have translated to just 65 wins over a full season. That putrid result is being reflected their MLB futures odds in 2021.
The Red Sox traded Mookie Betts – along with David Price – to the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2020 season. Betts and the Dodgers went on to win the World Series and the Red Sox fell off baseball’s radar in mid-July.
The Red Sox will score runs this year with J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo in the lineup. Boston led the AL in 2020 with a .265 team batting average despite its terrible finish. But gone is the entire homegrown “Killer B’s” outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Betts. That group danced its way to a Red Sox franchise record of 118 wins (including the postseason) and a World Series title in 2018.
Chris Sale is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and could return after the All-Star Break. The Red Sox rotation will spin around likely opening-day starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Just 27, E-Rod suffered a health scare last year with heart inflammation following a case of COVID-19.
Here’s a look at MLB odds concerning the Red Sox and 4 money-winning prop bets to back.
Red Sox World Series Odds (+5000, PointsBet)
The Red Sox began their reconstruction this offseason with the return of Alex Cora at manager. But they remain an afterthought when it comes to odds of winning the 2021 World Series.
The Red Sox are a staggering +5000 to win the Fall Classic at PointsBet . That number is stunning considering that the team is less than three years from a championship. Still, betting the Red Sox to win the World Series this year is not worth it at any price.
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Red Sox Odds To Win The AL (+2200, FOX Bet)
The Red Sox are no better than the ninth or 10th choice to win the American League at most books. They are +2200 at FOX Bet but are getting up to +3000 at certain sites. The Red Sox would have to enjoy a cosmic convergence similar to the one they enjoyed in 2013 or 2018 to make a run at the AL pennant. This team is new and all but certain to be improved. But there’s just too much talent elsewhere between Boston and a pennant. Take a pass.
Red Sox Odds To Win The AL East (+2200, bet365)
The Red Sox – believe it or not – are an attractive bet at +2200 to win the AL East at bet365 and several other books. The Yankees are prone to underachievement and the Blue Jays have yet to demonstrate their potential. This is strictly a value play.
4 Red Sox Prop Bets To Back
Red Sox Win Most Games vs Phillies (-112, DraftKings)
The Red Sox and Phillies are two major-market teams whose fates are often intertwined with New York. Each is looking for big bounce in 2021. Boston has an edge if for no other reason than the competition for the Phillies in the NL East will be tougher than the competition for the Red Sox in the AL East. That could prove the difference here. Take the Red Sox at DraftKings sportsbook.
Red Sox Reach The Playoffs (+275, SugarHouse)
With a 10-team playoff format, the Red Sox don’t have to sweat winning the division or even coming in second place. If Boston can pace itself early and remain in postseason contention, this team has potential to heat up down the stretch and could edge into the playoffs as a wild card. You can bet the Red Sox at +275 to reach the playoffs at SugarHouse .
Over 80.5 Regular-Season Wins (-110, BetMGM)
The over/under win total for the Red Sox is 80.5 at BetMGM and several other books. Given their 2020 performance, this is a big ask. But the Red Sox have the pitching potential to finish over .500 and will have a set closer this year in either Matt Barnes or Adam Ottavino. That factor alone could push the Red Sox above this projected win total.
Rafael Devers Most MLB Hits (+1800, PointsBet)
It’s a stretch to find any individual MLB betting markets where anyone on the Red Sox has a realistic chance to cash. This may be the best option. Devers had 201 hits in 2019 with 702 plate appearance over 156 games. This season, he’ll be nestled in the middle of the batting order with Martinez and Bogaerts. Devers is worth a play at +1800 to get the most hits in the majors at PointsBet sportsbook.