The 2021 MLB season has reached its full conclusion, with the playoffs now over and the awards finally handed out. The Atlanta Braves are the World Series champions, defeating the Houston Astros in what was a highly improbable run. The Braves began the season at +1200 to win the World Series, but after a sluggish first half and an injury to their best player Ronald Acuna Jr., they made it as high as +4500 around the All-Star break. The Braves then went out and made a handful of important trade deadline acquisitions, and with improved play from their existing roster, they surged back to the top of the NL East and eventually made it all the way to the World Series. The Astros were still the series favorites at -150, but the Braves beat them in six games nonetheless.
The MLB end-of-year awards were announced a few weeks after the World Series concluded, and the Most Valuable Player trophies went to Shohei Ohtani in the American League, and Bryce Harper in the National League. Ohtani began the year as a longshot at north of 30 to 1 for AL MVP, and his tremendous season caused him to gradually move up the board throughout the season. He emerged as the favorite in May following Mike Trout’s season ending injury, and from there he further solidified himself as the clear frontrunner ahead of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. For NL MVP, Bryce Harper opened at +1500, but moved backwards after a slow start, while Jacob deGrom and Fernando Tatis Jr. became the two most obvious choices. Injuries to both players opened the door for Harper, and his strong second half sealed it for him, despite the fact that his Philadelphia Phillies missed the playoffs.
The Cy Young awards went to Robbie Ray in the American League and Corbin Burnes in the National League, both of whom were extreme longshots for a large chunk of the 2021 MLB season. Burnes was +4000 back in March, and Ray was still +6000 as late as mid-July. For Rookie of the Year, Randy Arozarena took home the award for AL while Jonathan India won in the NL, and they were both around 5 to 1 at the 2021 All Star break. India had emerged as the clear favorite when the regular season concluded, but Arozarena was in a tight race right up until the end.
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series, winning the series in six games.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are the favorites from each league for the 2022 World Series, as of the start of the 2022 offseason.
Shohei Ohtani won the 2021 American League MVP, and Bryce Harper won the 2021 National League MVP.
Robbie Ray won the 2021 American League Cy Young, and Corbin Burnes won the 2021 National League Cy Young.
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