Taking a page from our buddy Scoop’s baseball handbook, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at how the Dodgers are projected to fare in Las Vegas, now that a few of the big names are off the free agent board.
Of course, there are several more high-impact players available—Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Gonzalez—but a signing likely won’t drastically change the current odds heading into Opening Day.
According to BetOnline via OddsShark, the Phillies have made a tremendous jump in the projections after signing Bryce Harper, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Dodgers as the NL favorites. There’s no question that Philadelphia will be an offensive powerhouse this year, but it just might be their starting pitching that keeps them from going deep into the playoffs.
Rounding out the Top 10 in the National league are the Cubs, Cardinals, Braves, Nationals, Brewers, Mets, Rockies and, believe it or not, the Padres.
\We all knew that San Diego was smack dab in the middle of a rebuild, but to be considered a Top 10 NL club by the betting houses is a huge step. Obviously, the addition of Manny Machado was the clincher, but their solid core of youth players should keep them in good position for many years to come.
Our old friend Farhan Zaidi, who has shown a propensity to willingly snag ex-Dodger players over the winter, certainly has his work cut out for him, as the Giants are sitting below the Padres. I wonder if he’s been on the phone with Josh Fields yet.
As one would assume, the lines in Vegas aren’t so friendly to the Dodgers in the early odds for capturing the 2019 World Series. Justifiably, there are two teams—the Red Sox and Yankees—who outclass everybody on the senior circuit. The Astros still remain in the mix, despite being a few ticks behind their Boston and New York counterparts in the talent department.
It’s interesting to see that while Boston opened as the clear-cut favorites, the bookies now have the Red Sox, Yankees and Astros at the exact same odds to win the 2019 crown. The Dodgers are in the fourth spot, with the Phillies slotting in the fifth spot.
To say the least, it should be intriguing to see how these tables change as the 2019 regular season progresses.