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The Dodgers and Padres were anticipated to be two of the top World Series candidates heading into the season, as the Dodgers were the +200 favorites at William Hill Nevada on Opening Day and the Padres had the third-lowest odds at +650. But a third NL West team has emerged, and they’ve become one of the most popular World Series futures wagers at William Hill.
The Giants were listed at 125/1 on Opening Day, which were the 10th-highest odds in all of MLB. After they compiled a 38-22 record and an MLB-best .633 winning percentage, the Giants are now down to 10/1. San Francisco is tied for the fifth-lowest odds with the Mets, and only trails the Dodgers (+375), White Sox (+650), Padres (+700) and Yankees (+850).
If the Giants were to win it all in October for the first time since 2014, it would be a big win for several William Hill customers.
“We have the most liability on the Giants by far,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “They are one of the biggest liabilities we’ve had on any MLB team in any season. They weren’t expected to make the playoffs with two of the best teams in their division. But they’ve played so well and they opened at such a high number, the liability has just kept on adding up since they keep betting them and betting them.”
When William Hill Nevada first posted 2021 World Series futures on Oct. 28, the Giants opened at 50/1. They reached as high as 200/1 in the offseason before settling at 125/1 on Opening Day. Their first in-season movement was to 100/1 on Apr. 11, however San Francisco rose back up to 150/1 on Apr. 18.
The Giants experienced their first big change on Apr. 24, going all the way down to 50/1. On May 18, San Francisco had another major shift, swinging from 50/1 to 18/1. Two days later, the Giants dropped down to 12/1 and landed at their current 10/1 number on June 5.
Since Opening Day (Apr. 1), the Giants (10%) lead the way in total number of tickets for World Series futures at William Hill. The Dodgers are next at 8%, with the Padres close behind at 7%. The White Sox, who possess the second-lowest World Series odds at +650, are fourth in total number of tickets at 6%.
For total dollars wagered since Apr. 1, the trio of NL West contenders also make up the three top spots in this category. The Dodgers (11%) are barely edging out the Padres and Giants, who are at 10% apiece. The Yankees are in range at 7%, while the White Sox, Athletics (13/1) and Astros (17/1) are all at 6%.
The biggest in-season World Series wager taken on the Giants at William Hill was a Nevada bettor staking $1,000 on San Francisco 125/1 for a total potential payout of $126,000. Another Nevada bettor, however, put down $2,550 on the Giants back when they were at 200/1 this offseason for a total potential payout of $512,550.
Check out the latest odds and trends at William Hill for 2021 World Series futures below.