With the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning their Spring Training schedule Wedneday, Bovada.lv updated their World Series odds. The Washington Nationals’ odds to win the Fall Classic improved from 13/2 to 7/1, though the Dodgers maintained the same odds at 17/2.
The Boston Red Sox odds to win the World Series are 10/1, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals at 12/1.
As per custom, oddsmakers have released their numbers for several bets that can be made pertaining to the 2015 MLB season well before any player has officially stepped foot on a field.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series expectations remain for a team that underwent a significant roster shakeup during the offseason, however they are not the favorite to win the World Series, much less reach it.
According to Sportsbook.ag, the Dodgers are second behind the Washington Nationals to win the National League pennant and 2015 World Series. As for win total, Sportsbook.ag sets the Dodgers’ over/under at 92.5 games, which also falls behind the Nationals whose bar is set at 93.5 games.
For comparison’s sake, Bovada.lv has the Dodgers a 19/4 favorite to win the NL pennant, behind the Nationals’ 13/4 odds. The Nationals also are considered the favorite by Bovada to win the World Series at 13/2 odds, while the Dodgers come in second at 17/2. Bovada also set the Dodgers’ over/under win total at 92.5 games.
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.
Last season the Nationals finished 96-66, good for first place in the NL and tied for second-best in all of baseball. Comparatively, the Dodgers finished two games behind the Nationals in the standings with their 94-win season.
Although the Dodgers and Nationals finished 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.
Looking to improve on their 2014 success, the Nationals signed Max Scherzer and now boast the best starting rotation in all of baseball. While the Dodgers didn’t spend as lavishly as their NL counterpart, they appear to have improved defensively and in the clubhouse with the additions of Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins.
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