When it comes to MLB’s National League West, there’s one team that reigns over the division and that’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a 64-30 record, they’re 11.5 games up on the next-best team in the division, the San Diego Padres at 54-43. As such, the Dodgers are runaway favorites to take the division by the end of the year.
The Dodgers’ NL West odds are at -5000 according to online sportsbook BetUS. The Padres hold the second-best odds in the division at +1600.
2022 NL West Odds
|Team||Current Odds||Opening Odds|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-5000||-200|
|San Diego Padres||+1600||+250|
|San Francisco Giants||+6600||+450|
Odds as of July 25 at BetUS
Why Are The Los Angeles Dodgers Runaway Favorites?
The Dodgers’ 64-30 record (.681) is not only the best in the NL West but it’s the best in the entire league. They’ve got the best odds to win the World Series too.
With a current eight-game winning streak, the Dodgers have powered their way well ahead of the rest of the NL West. In the month of July, they’ve gone 17-2 and hold a +50 run differential. That torrid pace has them 11.5 games ahead of the second-place Padres in the NL West.
The Dodgers have the majors’ best OPS (.777), the best OBP (.335), the third-best slugging percentage (.442) and the fourth-best batting average at .257.
On the pitching side of the game, they have the best ERA (2.96), the best WHIP (1.07) and the second-best batting average against (.211).
No matter which way you look at it, the Dodgers are the best team in the game. That’s why they not only are the runaway favorites to win the NL West but have the best odds to win the World Series as well.
San Diego Padres (+1600)
There’s still a lot of baseball left to play in the 2022 season. The Padres have only played 97 of 162 games on the regular-season schedule and a lot can happen between now and the end of the year.
Not to mention that the MLB trade deadline hasn’t even passed yet. What would happen to the Padres if they were able to land Washington Nationals star Juan Soto at the trade deadline?
ESPN’s Buster Olney said the Padres were the “most motivated” to get a trade done for Soto. How would his acquisition change San Diego’s outlook with just over two months to play?
The Padres could absolutely use someone like Soto who fixes one of their biggest issues: hitting. The Padres sit 16th in batting average (.241), 14th in OBP, 26th in slugging and 21st in OPS. How would a two-time Silver Slugger boost a team that has those average or below-average batting stats? Could it be enough for the Padres to catch up to the Dodgers?
The NL West hill is still a steep one for San Diego to climb, sitting 11.5 games back of the Dodgers with 58 percent of the season having been played. The impending return of star Fernando Tatis Jr., who’s missed the entire season with a wrist injury, will help. But if the Padres add someone like Soto, it could open up their chances to narrow the gap.
If the Padres win the NL West, a $100 bet would return a $1,600 profit.
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