These Teams Made Trade Deadline Moves On The Rosters And The Odds Board

Written By Dave Bontempo on 08/02/2021 - Last Updated on August 4, 2021
Trade Deadline Odds Movement

Swing bettor, swing.

Colorado sports bettors have been thrown a middle-of-the-plate fastball to hit out of the park for the next two months.

The final third of the MLB regular season, from a betting perspective, should be excellent. Several trade deadline moves, a restrained Rockies front office, and a creative sportsbook props board rejuvenate the gambling landscape.

Four takeaways for the rest of the 2021 MLB season

Here’s an administrative four-bagger: four significant developments impacting Centennial State online gamblers.

  • The Rockies did not trade their two most valued players, Jon Gray and Trevor Story. That preserves a reason to watch and wager on the Rockies, one of the National League’s top home teams.  Forget the criticism heaped on the front office for not moving players who were over-valued.
  • The big-market New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers raised the biggest eyebrows with major acquisitions. The Yankees’ betting odds dropped the most at major books.
  • Several new players will group teams into “have” and “have not” status, an important distinction for bettors for future series’
  • DraftKings substantially upgraded its menu, bringing daily enticement to the baseball-betting marriage.

What to know about betting on the Rockies

The Rockies stunned the baseball world, which had pegged Gray going to a contender. Rumors also swirled Story was heading to the New York Mets. Nonetheless, the Rockies stood pat.

Good break for bettors, especially those who took the Rockies over 63.5 season wins back in March. The Rockies are flirting with 70 wins.

This is an excellent team at Coors Field, 33-20.  They’re one of the very best home teams in the league. Only two National League teams, the Padres with 36 and the San Francisco Giants with 35, have more home triumphs.

Although the Rockies have an abysmal 13-40 road mark, their Coors Field dominance commands betting faith.

In the first week of August, the Rockies have a chance to shine by hosting the Chicago Cubs, who just mailed in their season, and the Miami Marlins, the NL East cellar-dwellers.

The Rockies also have 16 September home dates and end the season with nine straight at home.

Trade deadline odds shift

It was one of the most exciting flurry of league moves in recent years. Many contenders bolstered their teams. The Dodgers went to as low as +300 at DraftKings to win it all, but there’s only so far chalk can move. The Yankees took the loot.

Trade deadline winners

Here was BetMGM Sportsbook’s take on the deadline:

  • Dodgers
    • World Series: +375 to +325
    • NL Pennant: +170 to +150
    • NL West: -225 to -200
  • Giants
    • World Series: +1,200 to +1,000
    • NL Pennant: +500 to +525
    • NL West: +250 to +240
  • Yankees
    • World Series: +2,500 to +2,200
    • AL Pennant: +1,400 to +950
    • AL East: +1,300 to +1,000

The Cubs (+15,000) and Washington Nationals (+50,000) went from longshot to odds from another planet regarding a World Series championship.

Key MLB trade deadline deals

The Yankees obtained sluggers Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo homered in his first two games and notched a game-tying single as the Yankees swept the Marlins.

The Yankees suddenly have pop from the left side.

Odds on the world champion Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Mets adjusted only slightly.

The Blue Jays obtained a good pitcher in Jose Berrios

The Giants added hard-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant.

The Mets nabbed pitchers Rich Hill and Trevor Williams, along with Baez.

The Dodgers made strong deadline moves, gaining Mighty Max Scherzer and Trea Turner for prospects. Yikes. What if Trevor Bauer comes back?

Some believe a police report should have accompanied this perceived heist.

Look below the surface too. The Chicago White Sox added closer Craig Kimbrel and now have a dominant bullpen from the 7th inning on. More opportunity, no drop in the odds of about +700.

The Milwaukee Brewers added slugger Eduardo Escobar and bullpen arm John Curtiss.

Watch clubs like the Cubs and Nationals, who dumped their rosters. When they play top-tiered teams, they will be excellent candidates to lose any series, which, under an occasional DraftKings format, gamblers can bet.

DraftKings’ First Three Innings bets

One’s favorite team may be out of the pennant race. But the bettor never is.

DraftKings has added bets for the first three innings of many games, augmenting its five and seven-inning offerings.

There are occasional wagers up to win a series. One can even predict the exact total, like two games to one for a particular team. Don’t forget in-game props like first run, next run, and the over-under on hits for players. The more bettors hone in, the more interesting it gets.

DraftKings has also rolled out one of this author’s favorites, the Grand Salami.

This is a betting pizza with the works.

Take the over-under total amount of runs in all of baseball, for one day. It’s under the Daily Specials section. Every pitch matters.

How well have the books pegged this?

Friday, the over-under was 135.5. It ended. with 138.

Saturday, it was 136.5 and ended at 138, including a 23-run game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.

On July 31, DraftKings offered profit boosts of 50% for every game on the MLB schedule.  That’s exceptional value and underscores the value of baseball right now to the book.

Swing bettor, swing.

Photo by AP / Derrick Tuskan
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Dave Bontempo is PlayColorado's resident horse racing and combat sports betting expert whose work can be found regularly around major races and bouts. He is a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer and also authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.

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