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Dodgers Still Somehow Favored to Win the 2021 World Series

How, you ask?



The Dodgers are entering their final stretch of games today. With the bulk of the season behind them, they have just 6 more games before they can get into postseason baseball. But those final 6 games are HUGE for their immediate future. 

Entering play on Tuesday, the Dodgers are chasing the Giants by 2 games in the NL West. That means that San Francisco would have to lose at least 2 games this week and Los Angeles would have to win out in order to force a game 163. 

Despite all of that, the Dodgers still have the Vegas odds in their favor. The latest update from BetMGM has them at +300 to win the World Series, making them the favorites to take home with Commissioner’s  Trophy in 2021. 

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That’s pretty wild to think considering they will likely need to go through the Wild Card Game to get there. If the Dodgers are able to slip past the Cardinals in that one-game playoff, they would then have to beat the best team in baseball in a 5-game series. 

Regardless, the Vegas odds like what they see from the Dodgers. And what’s not to like? Having guys like Max Scherzer pitching in a do-or-die game is always going to play in their favor. It’s a tough uphill battle, but if any team in baseball can do it, it’s this one. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. 2021 World Series is a stretch as they face wainwright and St. Louis and if win then giants
    Hitting not consistent enough and some pitchers have tired arms
    But we will see

      • Not if the Dodgers bats go AWOL like they do at the most inopportune time. The truth is I don’t think the Dodgers make it past St. Louis. They just don’t have that they have the that real desire and grit to want it bad enough. They had a good season even in face of the many challenges they had to face. But, beginning with the many poor decisions by Dave Roberts to the lineup getting just 2 or 3 hits in a game that was crucial to keep pace, or even catch, the Giants they haven’t shown that urgency to do what is necessary to win in the post season. Sorry. But there it is. No World Series for you!

        • how do you know that? chances of Dodgers winning the division or playing game 163 are very slim. Chances are very high, and most likely now, that Scherzer will start the WC game against the Cards at Dodger Stadium. and I love the Dodgers at home with Max on the bump. watch the cards fold!

    • Dodger Boy, those Las Vegas odds are not quite accurate. Between Roberts and the offense that’ struggled against one of the worst teams in MLB is the main reason why. I just wonder what those odds makers will have to say when the Dodger off season begins on October 7th.

      • Paul, you have to admit, Roberts is the worst manager in all of baseball this season. I will continue to say this until it happens. #firedaveroberts

          • In your dreams Joe. I’m not trying to be negative, but based on Robert’s stubborness this year, it most likely won’t happen.

    • Oh it’s happening! Dodgers will throw Max in the WC game at home. No one is beating them at home with Max on the hill in a win or go home game. You can dream about the Dodgers losing. I see the Dodgers winning!

  2. There are three reasons we’re favored: Sherzer, Buehler, and Urias (or Kershaw with Julio as backup). No team can match that lineup. We fans are frustrated by the subpar seasons of Belli, Mookie, Muncie, JT, and (lately) CT, but our star-studded lineup and solid bullpen is enough to win 100+ games despite slumps, injuries, and the Bauer mess. It’s likely going to come down to hitting Wainwright’s curve or the STL bullpen once he leaves the game.

    • finally – someone with a brain on this site. Dodgers at home with Scherzer on the bump will not be beaten. Watch the cards fold!

      • Joe, insults are not necessary here. As I just said, I’m not concerned about Scherzer and the other pitchers that follow him its the offense. If ya don’t score ya don’t win. It won’t matter how good the pitching is. Dodgers won 2 of 3 from AZ and it was an inept offense that kept them from sweeping them. Now we are without Pujols on the bench.

        • Paul, try reading my comment again. I am congratulating Tom for his astute comment! Am I implying others here are not optimistic? No doubt – got me there.

    • ‘Cept for one small problem We have to score some runs to win. We have not shown that we can do that consistently. In the playoffs it is consistency that wins the day.

      • no its not. there is no reason we can’t win a 1-0 or 2-1 game. Pitching and defense wins Championships.

  3. Yeah it’s not happening. We’re gonna have to deal with the fact that the red turds and Frisco are going to face each other in the playoffs just like in the days when they were winning championships and St Louis was eliminating us

    • I feel the Dodgers are still good enough with Scherzer to beat St Louis. The Dodgers could have easily swept them in Sep but DRRRRRRRR Dave decided to give them 4 automatic outs in 2 games. The vagiants and their Steroid Proud org will send DRRRRRRRRR’s and his no bunt, sac fly, no hit —-Vacation eager team home to enjoy the couches………

      • Kirk, from what I saw from the offense in that AZ series, I just can’t see Dodgers getting past a very hot Cardinal team It won’t be any fault of Scherzer’s but it will be from an offense that won’t show up AND Roberts will do everything possible to have Bellinger in the lineup fir that WC game. IIWII.

    • you were right to end your comment with a question. Answer: Dodgers will beat the cards at home with Max on the hill.

  4. Despite the fact that St. Louis is playing like they really want it all, I agree that the Dodgers still have a chance against the Cards. As for the Giants… come on….do you really think that steroid use has something to do with their amazing regular season? Is it illogical for us to believe that every single Giants’ veteran player has experienced sudden, synchronous, power hitting and throughout the entire regular season? I mean can’t one attribute this amazing Giants’ season to…Zaidi…Kapler…clubhouse rapport…hard work during Covid…hitting coaches…healthy diet….coincidence….chanting…or magic?

    • Yes I honestly believe the Vagiants don’t mind the juicers and they supported the KING of all Juicers BONDS…Pagan, Pentz and a few more were jacked up. Eyes popping out of their heads. thyroid enhanced users. you never saw the team once stand or even mention roids when the entire baseball world knew that when your 38 years old, you just don’t hit 75 home runs.. That is ludicrous and inhuman…

  5. You can have all the best pitchers in the world, BUT if the offence does not show up it is over. This is where the Dodgers are right now.

    • wow – you must have missed the 60s Dodgers. No offense, but great starting pitching and they won a lot!! Scherzer at home will beat the cards – I don’t care if Bob Gibson comes back to throw at our hitters!

      • In the 60’s yes great pitching, but as much as they really weren’t a great offense, they were CLUTCH when it counted and scored enough to win most games. If the team doesn’t score, the team won’t win, period. Again those teams in the 1960’s were not known for any offense but were clutch when they had to be to support that great pitching staff most of the time.

        • Exactly Paul, in the 60’s the offense was weak but they played as a team to get just enough runs in because they had to. We’ll see if this years team does whatever it takes when the playoffs start and that includes Roberts. Im hoping he does what he did last October

        • Those 60’s dodgers could steal bases, hit and run, bunt at any time of a game. They played great defense, had a great manager and they ALL didn’t need to take Spa days in July like the DRRRRRRRRR’s complacent 2021 team has…

        • Paul we have not 1 but 2 cy young candidates on the staff – sounds a lot like Koufax and Drysdale to me. C’mon, the 60s Dodgers won 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 games all the time. No reason this team which leads MLB in Run differential won’t do the same in the playoffs.

      • It was a different game then. Today it is all about home runs. And don’t expect Scherzer in the wild card game. He pitches today and probably Sat. or Sun. against Milwaukee. He won’t be available for the WC game.

  6. Can’t win with Roberts an His favorite son who can’t hit and proved it again tonight. Can’t fix stupid.

  7. Not buying it. The Ds have the horses, but they just don’t play with the toughness needed to go though a playoff run. Last year you could sense they could go all the way, as they were relentless all year. Never had a losing streak. Won every series but one, I believe. They would get a lead in a game, and keep piling it on. This year they get a lead and then sit back and depend on the pitchers to make it hold up. They are just not consistent and tough enough. I predict the Cardinals to lose in 4 to the Giants, and the Giants to take it all.

    • I said before the season began that Dodgers would not be as good offensively and I was correct. And YES, having a DH made a huge difference because Roberts didn’t have to struggle with as much in game management of lineups and pitching.

    • I predict the Dodgers will surprise all of the doubters on this board and win it all behind great pitching.

  8. Things change a bit if Muncy is out – DR then has difficult decision who should start at first base : Beaty (best bat but weakest defender) Bellinger (worst bat but by far the best defender) or Pujols (average defender who can get you a hit but who also is one of the slowest runners and therefore one of the highest risks in all of baseball for hitting into double play)

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