Opening Day expectations for the New York Yankees are high.

The Bronx Bombers start the 2021 season with one of the most complete rosters in Major League Baseball.

So, it’s no surprise that anything short of a 28th World Series championship would be considered a disappointment in The Bronx.
But, before we start thinking about October baseball, Opening Day is upon us. And, after a season shortened by COVID-19 in 2020, MLB is back to normal with a 162-game schedule.

The Yankees open their season at home Thursday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Retired Yankees center fielder and fan-favorite Bernie Williams will toss out the first pitch for the 119th home opener.

NJ online sportsbooks backing New York Yankees in AL

While not the outright favorite to win the 2021 Fall Classic, New Jersey sportsbooks clearly like the Yankees’ chances to make some noise in the playoffs.

BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel all list the Yanks’ chances at 11-to-2 (+550) to win the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best odds (+350) at FanDuel Sportsbook to repeat as champs.

The Yankees are the favorite at all NJ sportsbooks to represent the American League in the World Series. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel both posted odds of +230 for the Yankees to win the franchise’s 41st AL pennant.

Even with last year’s AL champ, the Tampa Bay Rays, in the same division, the Yankees are the odds-on favorite to win the AL East.
Most NJ online sportsbooks put the over/under for total regular-season wins at 95.5.

11 Years without a World Series ring is a lifetime in The Bronx

After coming up short last season (and every season since 2009, really), the New York Yankees front office put together a formidable team.
The Bronx Bombers have a Cy Young contender, MVP candidates, All-Stars at multiple positions, a bullpen loaded with guys who throw gas, and young players ready to prove themselves worthy of pinstripes.

The injury bug has plagued this team for the last couple of years. All three starting outfielders missed significant time in 2020 and two starting pitchers were out most of the year.

The Yanks retooled in the offseason, adding a few new arms to both the starting rotation and the bullpen.

The team is one of the older clubs in MLB, with an average age of 29. But, the Yanks will be banking on a core of younger players, dubbed the Baby Bombers, to carry them in 2021.

If all goes to plan, the Yankees and their fans will be enjoying another ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes this fall.

And if and when it does happen, NJ bettors who wager on New York to win it all will enjoy a double celebration.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

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David Danzis is an award-winning journalist who has covered business, politics, government, education, and sports in New Jersey. Most recently, he wrote about Atlantic City casinos, online gaming, and sports betting for The Press of Atlantic City. David is a graduate of Rutgers University.