The 2021 Major League Baseball season is finally upon us. All teams will enter the year with the same record and the same hopes and expectations, even if they're unable to keep up the pace with the true contenders.
For this season, the extra-inning rule with a runner in the second base and the seven-inning doubleheaders will still be enforced, while the expanded playoff pool is yet to be determined by the league and the Players' Association.
Also, fans will be back in attendance - although at a limited capacity - after last year's tough season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the following paragraphs, we'll show you everything there is to know about the 2021 season:
2021 MLB Season: Key Dates
According to Major League Baseball's official website, the key dates for the 2021 MLB season are:
April 1, 2021: Opening Day for 2021 season
April 15, 2021: Jackie Robinson Day
June 2, 2021: Lou Gehrig Day
July 11-13, 2021: MLB Draft
July 13, 2021: 91st All-Star Game at Truist Park in Atlanta
July 25, 2021: Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Aug. 12, 2021: MLB at Field of Dream
Aug. 22, 2021: MLB Little League Classic
Oct. 26, 2021: World Series Game 1
Nov. 3, 2021: World Series Game 7
2021 MLB Season: Predictions And Odds
As most people would expect, oddsmakers believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers have the biggest odds to win the World Series (+350), they're followed by the New York Yankees (+550), San Diego Padres (+800), and Chicago White Sox (+850).
On the other hand, the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, and Pittsburgh Pirates all hold the worst odds to win the Commissioner's Trophy at the end of the season (+15000), followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks (+13000).
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+350|
|New York Yankees||+550|
|San Diego Padres||+800|
|Chicago White Sox||+850|
|New York Mets||+1000|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+2200|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+2200|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+2500|
|Los Angeles Angels||+3500|
|Boston Red Sox||+4500|
|Kansas City Royals||+11000|
|San Francisco Giants||+11000|
* Odds via FanDuel
How To Watch Or Live Stream Free In The U.S 2021 MLB Season
The 2021 Major League Baseball season will be broadcasted in the U.S by Fox Sports (and local affiliates), TBS, ESPN, and MLB Network. This will be the 8th and final year of their current contracts.