2021 World Series Odds: Padres Rise Amid Max Scherzer Trade Rumors

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 29, 2021

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson

The San Diego Padres' World Series odds moved from 8-1 to 7-1 after trade rumors connecting the team and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer emerged on Thursday.

B/R Betting relayed odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, who noted San Diego now has the third-best odds to win the Fall Classic after jumping the Chicago White Sox on the ledger.

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San Diego was +800 earlier this afternoon to win the World Series...<br><br>They are now +700 and have jumped the White Sox for the third best odds to win it all <a href="https://twitter.com/DKSportsbook?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DKSportsbook</a> πŸ‘€ <a href="https://t.co/GOMIHwH1MZ">https://t.co/GOMIHwH1MZ</a>

Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports notably reported on Thursday afternoon that talks between the Nats and Padres for Scherzer have "intensified."

Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 111 innings. He threw six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 road win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The 37-year-old is a three-time Cy Young winner and eight-time All-Star. The 14-year MLB veteran, who has pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Nationals, has led Major League Baseball in strikeouts three times.

The 2019 World Series champion would be a welcome addition to a Padres team currently sporting a 59-45 record, good enough for third in the National League West and second in the wild-card standings.

San Diego clearly has World Series aspirations, and adding Scherzer would make the Padres a much more potent postseason threat.


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