The Dodgers made the most impactful move in all of baseball in 2018 with their acquisition of shortstop Manny Machado. Adding the four-time all-star not only propelled the Dodgers as the best team in their division, but it also pushed them as the possible favorites in the National League.
Prior to the Machade Trade
Even before adding Machado to their lineup, the Dodgers were on the rise with their recent success. Since May 17, they are 37-17 and have moved from fourth place to the top of the standings in the NL West. They have won more games than any other National League team since the start of June.
Despite their summer run, the Dodgers trailed the Cubs as the favorite to win the league pennant, according to OddsSharks.
National League Pennant odds (@BovadaOfficial)
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) July 17, 2018
Bleacher Report also favored the Cubs with 12 percent World Series odds, compared to 8 percent for the Dodgers. Adding to the consistent theme, FiveThirtyEight gave the Cubs the edge in their projections last week. The Cubs held a 10 percent chance compared to the Dodgers 9 percent to win the World Series.
FiveThirtyEight World Series Odds: June 12
After the Machado Trade
Bringing in one of the game’s best shortstops convinced OddsSharks that the Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League.
World Series odds (@5Dimes):
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) July 19, 2018
Surprisingly, FiveThirtyEight gave the Cubs higher odds this week to win the World Series. Their prediction now gives Chicago a 13 percent chance to win it all, compared to 11 percent for the Dodgers.
Part of the advantage for the Cubs is their 2.5 game division lead over the second place Brewers. The Brewers remain the only viable threat to the Cubs in the NL Central. The Brewers took a step back this week with their inability to add Machado and have not yet filled their hole at shortstop.
FiveThirtyEight World Series Odds: June 19
The race in the National League remains between the Cubs and the Dodgers. Even after the Dodgers added Machado, the debate continues over which team is the true favorite in the National League. Neither team is done making moves to bolster their roster but with the way that this season is shaping, we may see another Cubs-Dodgers NLCS in October.Breaking Down The Dodgers Offense In The First Half