Best bets heading into MLB’s second half
15th July 2021

With half of the season out of the way, opinions — and odds — have changed. Coming out of the All-Star break, which teams and players are worth a wager going into the second half of the season?

Dave Schoenfield, Buster Olney, Jeff Passan, Jesse Rogers and betting analysts Joe Fortenbaugh, Doug Kezirian offer their best bets.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

Boston Red Sox to win World Series (12-1)

Schoenfield: Those odds put the Red Sox as the No. 6 betting favorite, and holding off the tough Rays to win the AL East and avoiding the wild-card game will be vital, but there’s a lot to like here. The lineup has been great and I can see the Red Sox adding another bat — Anthony Rizzo would be a perfect fit at first base. They’re getting Chris Sale back, and that’s adding a potential ace to the rotation. The bullpen has been excellent, with five relievers with sub-3.00 ERAs, and you can ride that group in October. The outfield defense is very good with Alex Verdugo, Enrique Hernandez and Hunter Renfroe, a reminder of how good the Boston outfield D was when they won the title in 2018. And they have a manager in Alex Cora who has won it before.

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