After an offseason overhaul that stretched from the front office down through the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system, the club remained one of the favorites to reach the World Series.
When Bovada.lv first released their odds in February, the Dodgers ranked second behind the Washington Nationals to win the National League pennant and World Series at 19/4 and 17/2 odds for the respective titles.
Now one month into the season, with the Dodgers holding the best record in the NL West and have the second-best record in the NL, they’ve replaced the Nationals as favorites to win the World Series. According to Bovada’s updated odds, the Dodgers are now favored at 3/1 odds to win the World Series, ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals at 7/2.
Meanwhile the Nationals, with a disappointing 13-15 record, have dropped to third with 11/2 odds to win the World Series. As for the NL West, the Dodgers remain the heavy favorites at 1/3 odds, ahead of the San Diego Padres at 4/1.
Although the Dodgers and Nationals finished last season as the top-two teams in the NL, neither managed to make it out of the NL Division Series. The Nationals were defeated in four games by the eventual World-Series champions San Francisco Giants, and the Dodgers were unable to overcome the thorn in their side that is the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers moving to the top of the list as World Series favorites is quite the testament when considering the multitude of injuries they’ve already endured and their subpar road record. Brandon McCarthy was lost for the season due to a torn UCL, and Carl Crawford, Kenley Jansen and Yasiel Puig are all currently on the disabled list.
The computer projection system PECOTA has the Dodgers winning 97 games, running away with the NL West division title and pacing MLB in wins, finishing five games ahead of the Nationals.
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