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Thursday, September 21, 2017

MLB Odds: NL’s Top Teams and Their Odds to Win it All

A month ago, this wouldn’t have been worthy of conversation. In mid-August, the Dodgers were dominating the Major Leagues and were on pace to set a new record for wins in a single season (116). Fast forward a month, and Los Angeles has crashed back to earth, hard. They suffered a streak that saw them lose 16 out of 17 games. As fast as the Dodgers sank, the Washington Nationals climbed. Over that same period, the Nats went 12-5 and narrowed the Dodgers’ NL lead to only four games.

Now with two weeks remaining in the season, the Dodgers (96-53) lead the Nats (90-59) by six games. The final 12 games of the season will prove whether the Dodgers are truly back to form. They’re still favored to win the World Series at +300, but will be challenged by a schedule that takes them to Colorado to face a hot Rockies team. Washington, conversely, is +800 to win it all and have an easy schedule to finish the season. Momentum will be key heading into October, so be sure to watch the final two weeks closely, as it may tell how each team will do entering the postseason.

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MLB Odds: Nationals and Dodgers NL Favorites

The Los Angeles Dodgers are +300 favorites to win the World Series. However, those odds may lean too heavily on their past performance. The last month saw LA lose 16 of 17 games and squander an enormous lead in the National League. Luckily, the Dodgers (96-53) dominated early in the season, and maintain a six-game advantage over the Washington Nationals (90-59).

Washington (+250 to win the pennant) was only four games behind the NL leaders in mid-September, but following two series losses, including one against the Dodgers, they’ll need to play impressive ball if they hope to capture home field advantage throughout the postseason.

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