2021 World Series Odds Still Favor Dodgers

If you ask any fan of the Dodgers which MLB team looks the best on paper, you’d probably get a unanimous answer. Apparently, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas also feel the same way.

With six games to go in the regular season and trailing by two full games in the National League West, the Dodgers are still comfortable favorites to win the 2021 World Series. In Vegas, anyway.

What does +300 mean?

The +300 represents the odds of a bet. In this situation, for every $100 that you bet on the Dodgers to win the Series, you’d pocket $300 in return should Los Angeles repeat as World Champions.

Toss down a cool $1000 on them, and you’d pull in $3,000 if they win.

However, as we all know, the game of baseball is not played on paper or on computers, much to the chagrin of several of our resident saber-metricians. And Vegas odds mean nothing, aside from the bettor that already dropped a cool hundred or two on their favorite club.

Just ask the San Francisco Giants. Currently sitting at 102-54, the longtime foes of the Dodgers can conceivably make a run at the franchise’s record of 106 wins, which was set back in 1904 by the New York baseball Giants. This year is the eighth time in franchise history the Giants hit the century mark in wins.

Coincidentally, the Dodgers have hit 100 wins nine times, including their 2021 campaign.

Should the Dodgers bow out of the 2021 playoffs early, the storyline will sound something like “the underachieving team that could have been.” If Los Angeles goes deep into this year’s postseason, we’ll be reading headlines like “the team that finally put it all together.”

Right now, the theme of the year for the Dodgers surrounds whichever offense decides to show up on a given night. The club’s +247 run differential is far and away the best in the majors. It’s 50 runs better than the Giants and leads the Astros by 42 runs, who have the second-best mark in the bigs.

We’ve talked a lot lately about how many lopsided games the Dodgers have played this year, which is indicative of such a catastrophic number. One night they’ll defeat a club by double digits, only to go dormant with the lumber the very next night. Yet, despite all the ups and downs, coupled with a year riddled by injuries, they’re still in the divisional hunt with another 100-win season.

They’ve used a whopping 61 players on the active roster this season, far and away a franchise record.

Heading into Tuesday’s games, the Dodgers lead the National League with 783 runs scored and are first in the NL with an overall 2.97 team ERA.

All that looks great on paper, but anything can happen, especially if they’re in a do-or-die Wildcard game. For the sake of winning, Los Angeles fans hope the projected numbers and stats hold true through the first week of November.

Dodgers Win Two in Weekend Series Against Diamondbacks

After a somewhat dismal performance on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers mustered just enough offense in the finale on Sunday to secure a 3-0 win and seal a two-games-to-one series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The win was the 100th of the year for the Dodgers, the ninth-time in franchise history they hit the century milestone for victories.

Lefty starter Julio Urias notched the win for the Dodgers, improving his season record to 19-3. Urias threw five full shutout innings, surrendering five hits while striking out three on 85 pitches. The lefty’s 19 wins leads all the majors.

The Los Angeles offense was led by Corey Seager and Trea Turner, who accounted for all three of the team’s runs. Seager slugged a pair of homers, while Turner added one of his own. Coincidentally, the day saw both players hit the 100th long balls of their respective careers.

Seager’s 464-foot blast was the longest of his career and the second-longest of the season for the Dodgers. Hitting out of the two and three holes, Seager and Turner went back-to-back in the first inning. Seager’s second of the game came in the third frame.

Turner’s blast was his 25th of the year, the most he’s ever hit in a single season. His previous HR high was 19 back in both 2018 and 2019.

Both Seager and Turner shared their rookie years during the 2016 season, and both players are still in the conversation for the Los Angeles shortstop duties next year, although Turner appears to be in the driver’s seat with Seager heading towards free agency.

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Along with Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler, Urias remains in the conversation as a strong contender in the National League Cy Young Award Race.

Starting pitcher Humberto Mejia took the loss for Arizona after going just 2-2/3 innings. His record dropped to 0-3.

Lefty reliever Justin Bruihl, righty Joe Kelly and righty Corey Knebel threw the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, holding Arizona scoreless. Kenley Jansen threw a one-hit ninth inning to notch his 36th save of the year.

In the meantime, while the Dodgers are winning series, the Giants are securing sweeps. San Francisco defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday, maintaining a two-game divisional lead over the Dodgers.

After an off day on Monday, the Dodgers will begin a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday before finishing the season with a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Both series will be played at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers Visit Arizona As Only Nine Games Remain in Regular Season

Nine games left! What a season it has been, and we’re still in for a critical finish. The Dodgers currently have the second-best record in the league at 98-55, but some fans are still content without that division crown.

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Dodgers Somehow Remain One Game Out of NL West

We’re getting into crunch time for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2021 regular season. And if Thursday’s NL West games were indicative of the next nine games, a certain writer may not make it to the postseason.

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Dodgers Meet Rockies for Final Time in 2021

As the Dodgers enter the final stretch of the season, they are still only one game behind the Giants. If a tight division race wasn’t nerve-racking enough, being a game apart from your most hated vision rival adds another element.

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Dodgers News and Notes – NL West, Kershaw’s Slider, and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers ended the weekend where they started it, still just one game out of first place.

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Dodgers Secure Weekend Series Victory in Cincinnati

Powered by five strong innings from starter Clayton Kershaw and big offensive games from Corey Seager and Gavin Lux, the Dodgers held off the Reds on Sunday, 8-5, to claim a much-needed weekend series victory.

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Dodgers Back Within One Game in NL West

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

On Wednesday, a crazy thing happened. The Los Angeles Dodgers won, and the San Francisco Giants lost. And then on Thursday, the Giants lost again, to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have gained a game on the Giants in the NL West, and are now one game back, with 15 games to play.

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A Quick Look at Several NL Wild Card Scenarios

With their latest 5-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, the Dodgers have now won four straight and are 7-3 in their ten games. However, they still have not made up any ground on the division-leading Giants. In fact, they actually have lost ground over the last week as they trail by 2 ½ games.

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Clayton Kershaw Finally Returns to Dodgers Starting Rotation

After two months of being sidelined by an issue with his forearm, Clayton Kershaw is finally returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation.

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