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Dodgers No Longer Favored to Win World Series in 2023

2023 was always going to be a more frustrating year for the Dodgers. After losing talent in the offseason to allow for salary relief and a youth movement, many in baseball saw the Dodgers taking a step back this season. However. nobody really saw the pitching issues that they have dealt with this season coming. It has been the biggest weakness for this Dodgers team and it continues to haunt them. They have dropped multiple games that they should have won and it’s seen them drop down in the standings.

Now as we head into the first few days of July, the Dodgers are no longer favored to win the World Series. They come in with the third best odds, sitting behind the Tampa Bay Rays and the Atlanta Braves.

Weirdly, this feels a little high for LA but it shows the faith in the organization by the odds makers. They seem to think that the Dodgers will turn things around.

To be fair, even with all the inconsistent play and injuries that the team has faced this season, they still are only a few games out of first place within the NL West. And while they likely won’t have home field advantage throughout the playoffs if they are lucky enough to clinch a spot, they could still be one of the top two teams in the National League.

President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman must make some upgrades here if he wants to really give this team a chance to win another World Series. This is a critical deadline for LA because it will show exactly how much the front office believes in the roster.

Now they could hold out hope for their injured players to return but that would be foolish. This roster still has Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts on it and neither of them are getting any younger. The same thought goes with Clayton Kershaw, who is having one of his better seasons in a long time.

With only a few weeks left until the trade deadline, the Dodgers have some choices to make. They need to decide how aggressive they want to be in bolstering this roster. Something needs to do done because this current version of the team won’t win in October, let alone may not even get there. The pitching staff is too much of a wild card and the bullpen at times looks gassed.

LA continues their home stand against the Pittsburgh Pirates before welcoming in the Angels. They then will head off for the All-Star break for some needed rest and relaxation.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.


  1. Andrew Friedman is making upgrades.. he is upgrading the price of tickets to watch a very poor team…. and A worst manger in Roberts

    1. Totally agree. This team was not built to win playoff series. I’d sell JD, Peralta, Muncy, Barnes, Almonte, Vesia, and anyone else whose contract is up in a year or two. Dodgers need starting pitching, bullpen relief, a third baseman, and a second baseman. If Ohtani does not sign with the Dodgers next year, if Urias leaves via free agency, and if Kershaw retires or goes elsewhere next year the starting rotation could be:
      Buehler (assuming he’s recovered)
      Unknown 5th starter
      Not a good rotation

      Great job Friedman

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