Dodgers World Series Odds Improve Drastically After Mookie Betts Trade
The Mookie Betts trade had a ripple effect that once again makes the Dodgers the force they should be in all of baseball. Undeniably, on Tuesday the Los Angeles Dodgers got closer to winning their first World Series since 1988 then they were any day prior.
For proof of this, take a look at what their odds to win the World Series in 2020 did after acquiring Betts. This tweet from Bleacher Report Betting exhibits how bringing aboard a player of Betts’ stature changes things for a team.
Will Mookie bring a World Series crown to LA? ? pic.twitter.com/0FpYIWSHfR
— br_betting (@br_betting) February 5, 2020
While some – some like me – figured that acquiring Betts may have been baked into the already forecasted +700 the Dodgers were prior to the trade, that is not the case. By comparison, the Dodgers are now +400 to win the 2020 World Series; nearly cutting their odds in half. Honestly, this is absolutely a monumental move in the line for one player; comparable to what happened to the Yankees when they acquired Gerritt Cole.
Surely it hurts to say goodbye to players we love like Joc Pederson. In addition, pitcher Kenta Maeda will be sorely missed as well. And the news that Ross Stripling is also heading to Anaheim hurts even more.
However, these things had to take place so that the Dodgers could swing the pendulum the way these numbers indicate they have successfully.
We asked them to make a splash, and immediately the lead indicators prove that they did. When you say one player cannot win a World Series, that statement is true. However, don’t underestimate the greatness of one player in a short five or seven game series showing up and making a small edge. Within those small edges, the opportunity to advance increases ever so slightly enough that it happens.
I like the Dodgers’ odds a lot more today then I did before – when I didn’t feel they had a chance. Everyone should feel good waking up today and reading this.
I don’t agree with closer to a world series win today than since 1988. We were robbed in 2017 by a bunch of cheaters. Last year we won 106 games, and Dave Roberts robbed us with pitching moves/nonmoves in game 5 against the Nationals. Let’s just say that we have a really good shot at winning it all again and leave it at that. The rest is up to the players stepping up their game when it counts. I want to see some hunger, and a real sense of refusal to be denied the title that has slipped away the past few years. I actually think an attitude like Price has will help them. He is edgy and competitive. I think that’s what the Dodgers need.
I don’t think it changes much other than the enthusiasm of Dodger fans to see the move. The team was a big favorite to win the pennant before the trade and now they’re a bigger favorite. There’s no question they’re a better team today but they’re still underdogs to the Yankees for the championship.
You disagreed with me when I said picking up Keuchal or Bumgarner didn’t improve the staff enough to sign them and now they have Price who is in that group. I still hold that position and submit they need something big from Urias, May, or Gonsolin to compete with the top teams come playoffs. We’ll see …
So GLAD to see the Dodgers make the move to bring in an All-Star like Mookie Betts he will generate a lot of excitement in L.A. The addition of David Price could also be a good thing and he is a tested pitcher who can excite fans as well. This could be the year we have been waiting for since 1988. As long as the Dodgers play up to their potential all will be EXCITING. Can’t wait for the season to begin I just hope the ballpark is finished with the renovations or it will be another blown season at least for the stadium, it will be a major embarrassment!