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Odds To Win The NL West: Dodgers are Astronomical Faves

Clayton Kershaw celebrating after striking a player out

A 60-game season shouldn’t have much of an impact on the NL West standings as it looks like the LA Dodgers stand head and shoulders above the rest. One of the team’s big offseason acquisitions, David Price, has opted out of the MLB restart, but LA is still a World Series contender.

At Bovada, the Dodgers are the extremely heavy -450 favorites to win the NL West in the upcoming campaign. The Arizona Diamondbacks (+700), San Diego Padres (+700), Colorado Rockies (+3500) and San Francisco Giants (+8000) find themselves well back of Los Angeles.

Odds to Win the NL West
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers-450
Arizona Diamondbacks+700
San Diego Padres+700
Colorado Rockies+3500
San Francisco Giants+8000

Odds as of July 15 at Bovada

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The Dodgers ran away with the division a year ago, posting a sparkling 106-56 record in the process. The Diamondbacks were the only other team in the West to finish above .500 at 85-77, while the Giants, Rockies and Padres all failed to reach the 80-win mark. I wouldn’t hold my breath for much of a change in 2020.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (-450)

Even before acquiring 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and David Price in an offseason blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers were already the class of the National League. As mentioned above, Price has opted out of the 2020 season, however, LA has two of the best players in baseball (Betts and Cody Bellinger) and a rock-solid pitching staff, led by Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. There’s no telling just how good this team is going to be in 2020.

Los Angeles has been the bridesmaid, but never the bride in MLB in recent years, most recently coming off an NLDS upset to the eventual champion Washington Nationals. With Betts inserted into this lineup alongside NL Rookie of the Year favorite Gavin Lux, it’s hard to envision the Dodgers not being crowned NL West champions once again.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 Futures Odds
NL West OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
-450+37538.5

Odds as of July 15 at Bovada

Arizona Diamondbacks (+700)

The Diamondbacks’ promising 85-win season a year ago was nice to see, but they’re clearly struggling to close the gap on the Dodgers. Arizona boasts a promising core that includes Ketel Marte, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed in the lineup.

Arizona was surprisingly active in free agency, adding 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on a five-year, $85-million deal along with slugger Kole Calhoun, Stephen Vogt and relievers Hector Rondon and Junior Guerra.

Still, despite the influx of new talent, it’s tough to see the D-backs leapfrogging the Dodgers for the top spot in the West. A wild-card spot is certainly a possibility, though, so don’t count Arizona out of the playoffs if the team can remain healthy.

Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 Futures Odds
NL West OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+700+6600031.5

Odds as of July 15 at Bovada

San Diego Padres (+700)

The Padres were unable to land Mookie Betts despite being one of the front-runners and the star outfielder’s trade to the rival Dodgers served as a worst-case scenario for San Diego. The arrival of Manny Machado failed to make much of a difference in the win column for the Friars in 2019, and a comparable win percentage in 2020 would be frustrating across the board for the Padres.

Jayce Tingler is set to make his managerial debut for a team looking for its first winning season since 2010 and first playoff appearance since 2006. It is the young guns that could provide that winning campaign for Tingler, with Chris Paddack being the ace of the pitching staff, coming off a 9-7 rookie season with a 3.33 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. 

Additionally, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. could be in the running for the NL MVP Award. He’s currently inside the top 10 on the oddsboard coming off 22 homers, 53 RBIs and a .317 average in just 84 games as a 20-year-old last year. If these young players can continue to evolve and other players like Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham play up to the level they can, this team could be a thorn in the side of any opponent.

San Diego Padres 2020 Futures Odds
NL West OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+700+300030.5

Odds as of July 15 at Bovada

Colorado Rockies (+3500)

After a surprisingly busy offseason two years ago, the Rockies made no moves in free agency over the winter to improve after a dismal 71-91 season. That inactivity has caused some friction with star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who said he felt disrespected by the front office after his name was floated in trade rumors. Colorado has stated it will not be trading Arenado, but there is clearly some tension between the team and its superstar.

There are some nice pieces here, such as David Dahl, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story, but the rotation is just OK and it’s looking like it will be a long season for baseball fans in the Mile High City. With the current assembled roster, the Rockies simply don’t have enough talent to be a factor in the NL West.

Colorado Rockies 2020 Futures Odds
NL West OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+2800+1500027.5

Odds as of July 15 at Bovada

San Francisco Giants (+8000)

A new era is set to get underway in the Bay Area in light of longtime manager Bruce Bochy’s retirement. Ex-Philadelphia Phillies bench boss Gabe Kapler was brought in to help a franchise badly in need of a jump-start. The Giants made few impact moves this offseason, however, and Bumgarner walking in free agency left a gaping hole in the pitching staff.

The team is assembled with some veteran names people are familiar with, but they don’t pose much of a threat to opposing teams. The starting rotation has a decent 1-2 punch with Johnny Cueto followed by Jeff Samardzija, but the back end could cause some issues.

San Francisco is going to attempt to avoid matching a team-worst four straight losing seasons, but I wouldn’t bet on them finishing above .500. There’s a reason the Giants are +8000 and have a projected OVER/UNDER regular-season win total of 24.5, after all. This squad is one to avoid in futures markets.

San Francisco Giants 2020 Futures Odds
NL West OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+8000+1500024.5

Odds as of July 15 at Bovada