No team in baseball has had more regular-season success than the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since 2013 they have owned the National League West division. Los Angeles won the National League pennant in 2017 and 2018. For all that the Dodgers have still not won the World Series since 1988. Even worse is that they have not been a reliable value with the MLB betting odds.
Los Angeles has been the adopted team of Las Vegas since the late 1950s. As a result of that and a worldwide fanbase, they command full retail prices. High expectations and odds return for 2020. Yet there is plenty of justification for such confidence in the Dodgers.
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers
Odds to win World Series: +375
Odds to win National League: +170
2019 Record: 106-56
Standing: 1st place in National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 Offseason Overview
Due to a strong offseason coupled with their past performance the Dodgers are the sportsbook chalk for 2020. Mookie Betts and David Price arrive to improve the best team in the National League. Few teams could match LA’s heist of the Red Sox in that blockbuster trade.
Manager Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts played for five MLB teams from 1999 through 2008. Including 2002 through 2004 with the Dodgers. Roberts has managed the Dodgers since 2016. First-year success in Los Angeles brought National League Manager of the Year honors. At Los Angeles Roberts has a winning percentage of .606 with four playoff seasons. In 2017 LA won 104 games with 106 wins in 2019. It follows that a World Series title is all that is missing from his resume.
Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitching
First in the rotation is left-hander Clayton Kershaw. The 32-year-old left-hander was 16-5 with a 3.03 earned run average in 2019. Kershaw is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star. Additionally, he was the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner. Since 2011 Kershaw has never had a WHIP worse than 1.04. 2019 was the first season that his ERA was over 3.00 as a regular starter.
Second starter Walker Buehler is only 25 years old with dominant potential. Buehler was 14-4 with a 3.26 earned run average in 2019. He struck out 215 batters in 182.1 innings of work with a WHIP of 1.04. Correlate his being name a 2019 National League All-Star.
Completing the rotation are David Price, Julio Urias and Alex Wood.
Los Angeles Dodgers Relief Pitching
Closer Kenley Jansen was inconsistent for 2019. The 32-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 3.71 earned run average and 33 saves. Jansen struck out 80 batters in 63 innings of work. On the whole, Jansen made three straight All-Star Game appearances from 2016 through 2018. Since 2014 he has totaled no less than 33 saves in a season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Key Hitters
Right fielder Mookie Betts made his name with the Baseball betting lines at Boston. To be exact the 27-year-old is riding a four-season All-Star Game streak. Betts was the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player. And he was an integral part of the 2018 Red Sox World Series championship. Last year Betts totaled 135 runs, 40 doubles, 29 home runs, 80 runs batted in, and a .915 OPS.
Center fielder Cody Bellinger was the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner. In like manner, Bellinger was 2017 National League Rookie of the Year. He is a two-time All-Star. For 2019 Bellinger scored 121 runs with 34 doubles, 47 home runs, 115 runs batted in, and a 1.035 OPS. At age 24 the sky is the limit.
Los Angeles Dodgers Restart Betting Outlook
In this situation of a shortened season and expanded playoff LA will make the playoffs. Gamblers may be concerned about “load management” and coasting in the regular season. Supplementing those concerns are the high prices the Dodgers command. The betting value will be hard to find with Los Angeles. At least until playoff time. Conversely in the playoffs, this is a team that will be difficult to beat.
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