It comes as little surprise that the Colorado Rockies trading Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals has improved the odds for success in 2021 for the Redbirds and lessened the odds for the Rockies.
According to SportsBetting.com, the Cardinals greatly improved their odds of winning the World Series by acquiring the five-time All-Star third baseman. With Arenado now officially in St. Louis, the Cardinals will have shaved their odds of winning the Fall Classic in half, moving from 40-to-1 odds to 20-to-1.
Meanwhile, according to the site, Colorado’s World Series-winning odds drop from 100-to-1 to 125-to-1. Those numbers are tied with the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers, and only the Texas Rangers (150-to-1) and Pittsburgh Pirates (200-to-1) have worse odds.
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Of course, with Arenado changing landscapes in a move that has seemingly been a long time coming, it makes sense that the Cardinals would become not only become the leading choice to win the National League Central, but also one of the contenders for the NL’s slot in the World Series.
Arenado, however, will see two familiar foes at the top of the NL’s odds to represent in the Fall Classic. The defending World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are currently the overall favorite at 5-to-1 and the San Diego Padres aren’t far behind at 7-to-1. The New York Mets (10-to-1) and Atlanta Braves (11-to-1) are expected to battle for supremacy in the National League East.
The New York Yankees (with former Rockies second baseman and Arenado teammate DJ LeMahieu) are the American League favorites, coming in at 6-to-1.
On Tuesday, Arenado talked about being “thrilled” to be part of an organization that, as he said, cares about winning. Arenado has been a part of two short postseason runs in Colorado (2017 and 2018) since his MLB debut in 2013. Meanwhile, in that same span, St. Louis has reached the postseason five times and made it to the World Series once.
St. Louis last won the World Series in 2011, coming back from a 3-2 deficit to down the Texas Rangers in seven games.