Dodgers now +110 favorites to win World Series at BetOnline
LA’s odds improved from +380 to +110 after defeating Giants in Game 5 of the NLDS
Astros (+225) have the second-best odds of the four teams left
It wasn’t easy, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are still alive. The defending World Series champions escaped the National League Division Series with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the decisive Game 5 on Thursday night. Thanks to stellar pitching and some timely hitting, Los Angeles was finally able to get past their age-old rivals and advance to the next round.
The Dodgers entered the postseason as betting favorites to win the World Series, but their odds slipped as the NLDS progressed. The Giants held 1-0 and 2-1 series leads, only for the Dodgers to come roaring back. Los Angeles won each of the last two games facing elimination, including Thursday’s triumph at Oracle Park.
MLB betting sites had the Dodgers listed at +380 to win the World Series entering Game 5. After the win, LA’s odds to win it all shortened considerably to +110. The Houston Astros slipped slightly from +200 to +225, while the Boston Red Sox (+475) and Atlanta Braves (+575) are bringing up the rear.
Tough Road for Dodgers
Los Angeles won’t have an easy path to their second straight championship, however. Despite winning 106 games during the regular season, the Dodgers had to settle for one of the NL’s Wild Card spots after finishing a game behind the Giants in the NL West. The Braves, who won 18 fewer games than LA did during the regular season, will have home-field advantage in the NLCS by virtue of winning the NL East. Atlanta’s 88 wins during the regular season were the fewest of any team that qualified for the playoffs.
However, the Braves deserve to be where they are. Despite having lost Ronald Acuna Jr., Marcell Ozuna, and Mike Soroka during the season, the Braves were able to storm their way to their fourth consecutive division title. Atlanta outslugged the Brewers in a four-game NLDS victory to advance to the NLCS for the second year in a row.
These two teams are familiar with one another, as well. Atlanta jumped out to a 3-1 lead over LA in last year’s NLCS before the Dodgers stormed back to ultimately claim the series in seven games. The Dodgers would go on to beat the Rays in six games to earn the franchise’s first World Series title since 1988.
Unique Pitching Situation for LA
It will be interesting to see how Dave Roberts’ rotation sets up in this series. The Dodger skipper was planning to start Max Scherzer in Game 1 if the team was lucky enough to advance, but Scherzer came out of the bullpen to throw 13 pitches and earn the save in Thursday’s win over the Giants. Roberts said after the game that he still expects Scherzer to be fresh enough to start Game 1 despite the short layoff, but the team has yet to make the decision final.
Roberts made headlines earlier on Thursday for his surprising decision to start Corey Knebel over Julio Urias. Knebel and Brusdar Graterol combined to hold the Giants scoreless through the first two innings before Urias came into the game and yielded just one run in four innings of work. Blake Treinen, Kenley Jansen, and Scherzer combined to keep San Francisco off the scoreboard with three innings of scoreless relief to finish off the series.
Walker Buehler will likely be the choice to start for LA in Game 2, while Urias will be on normal rest by the time Game 3 rolls around. The Braves, meanwhile, are scheduled to start left-hander Max Fried in Game 1, while Charlie Morton will presumably get the ball in Game 2. Ian Anderson is the logical choice to take the mound in Game 3, while Huascar Ynoa is an option for Game 4.
While the Braves will be without Acuna for the rest of the season, the Dodgers are still likely to be without Max Muncy. Muncy, who suffered a dislocated elbow in the final game of the regular season, still has no timetable for his return. The Dodgers have started Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, and Albert Pujols in Muncy’s place at first base, while Billy McKinney has occasionally played the position as a defensive replacement.
The Braves won two of the three regular-season meetings between these teams in Atlanta. The Dodgers, meanwhile, swept the Braves in three games at Dodger Stadium at the end of August. If Los Angeles is lucky enough to advance, they’ll face a familiar foe in the World Series. The Astros knocked off the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 Fall Classic, while the Red Sox throttled LA in five games in the 2018 edition.
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