Aces high: Padres join World Series favorites

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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