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.
— Clint (@DiamondHoggers) February 17, 2019
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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