The Los Angeles Dodgers failed to reach the playoffs last year, but their in-season trades as well as some big off-season acquisitions has many believing they are the team to beat in 2013. The latest 2013 World Series Odds at offshore odds maker TheGreek.com have the Dodgers listed as a +650 moneyline play (a second pick behind the Angels) to win the Fall Classic and a +350 favorite ($100 wins $350) to secure the National League Pennant. Los Angeles is also a -120 favorite ($120 wins $100) to top the National League West.
The Dodgers finished a respectable 86-76 last season, but they still found themselves eight games back of the first place San Francisco Giants. Los Angeles decision to trade for Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford as well as its off-season signings of Zack Greinke and Jin-Hyun Ryu has many believing a little role reversal could take place this year.
Crawford is still an injury concern (lingering issues with his elbow); however, regardless of whether or not he is healthy, the Dodgers should sport one of the league’s more dangerous lineups.
With Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Adrian Gonzalez as the two, three, and four hitters and Ramirez and Crawford hitting, most likely, fifth and sixth, Los Angeles is guaranteed to smash last season’s paltry run total (637).
The Dodgers pitching staff, which posted a 3.34 ERA last season (third in the majors), could contend for the ‘league’s best’ label as well with Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Greinke anchoring the top of the rotation.
Los Angeles Dodgers 2013 World Series Odds: Provided by TheGreek.com
To Win World Series +650 (two of 30)
To Win National League West -120 (one of five)
To Win National League Pennant +350 (one of 15)
Regular Season Wins: Over 91.5 (+110), Under 91.5 (-140)
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