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Aces high: San Diego Padres join 2021 World Series favorites

The San Diego Padres bolstered their rotation with trades for Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, cementing themselves as legitimate World Series contenders in 2021.

MLB: NLDS-Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

Landing a pair of aces to front a once-ragged rotation has thrust the San Diego Padres near the top of the 2021 World Series odds.

The Padres jumped from 12-1 to 7-1 at SportsBetting.com to win the World Series behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1) and New York Yankees (6-1).

San Diego entered the playoffs as a wild card last season and outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals in a wild opening-round series in which pitching was a problem for the Padres due to injuries and quality in the rotation.

The Padres might have solved that problem this week.

San Diego’s rotation after a flurry of moves could include adding ace starting pitchers Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays) and Yu Darvish (Chicago Cubs), putting the team in position to compete in a series with frontloaded favorites like the Dodgers. The Los Angeles rotation is anchored by Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw.

Tampa Bay dropped from 11-1 to 14-1 after losing Snell. The Cubs dropped to 40-1 from 25-1 last week.

Complete World Series odds from SportsBetting.com:

Los Angeles Dodgers 4/1

New York Yankees 6/1

San Diego Padres 7/1

Atlanta Braves 11/1

Chicago White Sox 14/1

New York Mets 14/1

Tampa Bay Rays 16/1

Minnesota Twins 18/1

Houston Astros 20/1

Oakland Athletics 20/1

Cleveland Indians 25/1

Toronto Blue Jays 28/1

Cincinnati Reds 33/1

Los Angeles Angels 35/1

Boston Red Sox 40/1

Chicago Cubs 40/1

Philadelphia Phillies 40/1

St. Louis Cardinals 40/1

Washington Nationals 40/1

Milwaukee Brewers 50/1

Miami Marlins 66/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 80/1

San Francisco Giants 80/1

Baltimore Orioles 100/1

Colorado Rockies 100/1

Seattle Mariners 100/1

Detroit Tigers 125/1

Kansas City Royals 125/1

Texas Rangers 125/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 200/1

–Field Level Media