The Dodgers’ Odds To Win The NL West Posted By Oddsmakers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again the runaway favorites in the eyes of oddsmakers to win the 2019 National League West. Bleacher Report listed the odds for every division in baseball on Sunday.
Moreover, the Dodgers are installed as a -150 favorite to win their division. The next closest team in line is the Colorado Rockies at +450, followed by the Diamondbacks and Padres at +700 each.
What this means – if you bet $150 on the Dodgers to win the NL West – you would only win back 100 because of likelihood. If you were to bet $100 on any of the ‘+’ teams, you would net the larger listed amount.
Los Angeles is the favorite for good reason. On paper, they have the deepest lineup; and many returning players from a team that has been in the World Series two straight years. Experience and talent are priced into the odds, obviously.
The Dodgers have also won the division every year since 2013. Certainly, they’re the favorites until there is good reason for them not to be moving forward.
Of course, this is just a starting point. If the Dodgers get out to a slow start and one of these teams begins a surprising 12-2, the odds figure to fluidly change by a lot.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the Dodgers deserve to be heavy favorites in the division? And do you see any shot of a team surprising them and knocking them off? Let us know in the comments!
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Barring injury the Dodgers will have impact players they did not have the first quarter of 2018 Seager played but was injured, Turner was out and Muncy did not come up until mid April and Ryu went down with a groin pull. Kemp carried the club but in the first 56 games they were 26-30 a .464 percentage. The rest of the year they were .613.
Keep the same team and swap Grandal, Kemp and Puig for Seager, Pollock, Verdugo, Kelly and a healthy Jansen & Ryu. Plus Bellinger, Barnes, Taylor and others have had a winter to work on their swings with new coaches.
Also factor in the Giants, Diamondbacks are in rebuild and San Diego regardless of their signing of Machado and or Harper are probably not going to contend for 1st place this year. If you look at the team that was playing in July and August and project that to 2019 this team should win 97-100 wins.
The emphasis on consistency and professional at bats and the addition of highly regarded hitting coaches should help by a few percent also.
I think the Pitching staff both Rotation and BP with Stripling and possibly Ferguson in the BP and Urias in the wings for a rotation spot is one of the best in the MLB. Pitching wins ballgames. As we read in the great article from Tim the Outfield Defense should also be improved. The additional speed will help in the huge outfields of the NL West.
The Rockies I thought played over their heads last year. We shall see how they do this year.
I think a great point of yours is not only those players we desperately missed in the beginning of the season (Turner out, Seager basically a shell of himself with the injuries he was playing through) is that those guys set t he tone in the offense with there great at bats, patient, calm, good eyes and reads of pitches, strike zone awareness, and the wherewithal to know that passing the baton to create a rally is key to offensive success, rather than swinging yard every pitch. I think the return of a healthy Seager (knock on wood) is an underestimated factor in the projections of this team.
Pollock, Seager, Turner heading this lineup sets us up with consistency and smart at bats that set the tone for the rest of the lineup. As the lineup in 2017 did. They had long at bats, didn’t expand the strike zone, took the walks when needed and passed the baton, to create one of the best offenses in the league which lead to a 104? win season.
Lets go Dodgers!!
I’m excited for the season to start!
…… there are some STACKED teams in the AL east though, i will say that.
I don’t know about the Giants being in full rebuild. They have a solid team if they stay healthy plus they’re going to win the season series easily against the Dodgers per usual so if they stay healthy I’d say they can compete
You are right. They are not in rebuild…. I would have gone rebuild with them but they are holding on to the 2010, 2012, 2014 dream. Amazing run!! all respect to that. but they are not in rebuild, will not win the season series against us and will most probably not make the playoffs.
I grew up in LA for 23 years but I’ve been living in San Francisco for the last 5 years. so i am pretty in tune with what they have going on. Know thy enemy! They have aging talent, and have been a leaky boat for years now. they try to plug one hole and another pops up. or they plug one hole and it doesn’t work out *cough Malancon *cough and that hole becomes a geyser.
Folks, NOTHING IS A GUARANTEE. Games still must be played on the field and not on paper or on a laptop computer. The Giants, Dbacks and Rockies want NOTHING more than to somehow be a part of knocking the Dodgers out of it in 2019, so wss.
We should be heavy favorites once again to win the west but need to win it all
Division flags don’t cut it for me
Does the Padres’ signing of Machado(10yrs, $300million), in the eyes of Vegas at least improve their odds of winning the West(+$700) and how about the Dodgers(-$150)?