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NL West Odds: Dodgers Are Soaring Toward Another Division Title

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
NL West Odds: Dodgers Are Soaring Toward Another Division Title

Major League Baseball consists of two leagues with three divisions each. Among the crop, the National League West is not offering the closest competition.

Entering June 20th, the NL West features just one organization with a record above .500: the Los Angeles Dodgers. To start the day, L.A. is nine games ahead of the division's next-best team.

By this point in the 2024 campaign, we've completed nearly half of the regular season. With betting markets perpetually shifting, let's dive into the latest NL West odds, highlighting each club's case.

All MLB odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.

NL West Odds

Team
Record Entering June 20th
Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers46-30-6000
San Diego Padres38-40+3500
Arizona Diamondbacks36-38+5500
San Francisco Giants36-39+8000
Colorado Rockies26-48+50000

Los Angeles Dodgers (-6000)

Los Angeles is off to another dominant start.

Even with superstar Mookie Betts (hand) sidelined for LA, numberFire currently has the Dodgers (2.08 nERD) ranked as the pinnacle side in the Majors. Their offense is built with historic potential, showcasing the likes of Shohei Ohtani, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith (among many others).

As a team, "The Boys in Blue" have compiled MLB's highest OPS (.778). From there, LAD has brought in a whopping 5.03 runs per game. Seemingly, there are no easy outs in this lineup. Hence, they are the current World Series favorite at +270 odds.

Despite myriad injuries, the Dodgers' pitching staff has rebounded in 2024. Presently, Los Angeles' 3.74 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA) ranks within the top 10. The unit will be greatly aided when Yoshinobu Yamamoto (shoulder) and Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) return to work.

The Dodgers are now yielding -6000 odds to win the NL West, which is the shortest favorite of all divisional markets -- that doesn't present much room for betting value!

San Diego Padres (+3500)

Like most teams in the National League, the San Diego Padres have produced mixed results this season. San Diego is currently tied for second place in the division, yet, reflects a listing of 35-to-1 in the NL West odds.

After the Dodgers, the Friars own the division's second-best run differential at +11. Genuinely, infielder Luis Arraez has been a fine addition to San Diego, hitting .335 since coming over from the Miami Marlins. From there, stars Fernando Tatis Jr. (52.4% Statcast hard-contact) and Jurickson Profar (.398 wOBA) have done well to power the scoring.

If right-handed slugger Manny Machado can come around at the proper time, the Padres will be a side to watch down the stretch. Machado's on-base percentage (.303) is approaching a career low, so perhaps he is heading for resurgence at the dish.

This Friars team operates with confidence. Many of the same players eliminated Los Angeles in the 2022 NLDS. In the current campaign, San Diego has defeated the Dodgers five times over eight head-to-head meetings.

Arizona Diamondbacks (+5500)

Less than one-year removed from taking the National League pennant, the Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to recreate lightning in a bottle. Be that as it may, Arizona has not won the NL West since 2011.

Similar to others on the Senior Circuit, the Diamondbacks have trended in mediocrity this season. Entering June 20th, they sit just below .500, however, show a 6-12 record against teams with winning records.

numberFire's MLB power rankings have the D-backs (-0.35 nERD) positioned 22nd in MLB. Incidentally, that lands them in the NL West's penultimate spot. Still, Arizona's odds to win the division are third-best at 55-to-1.

The ball club from the desert can swing it; their collective OPS of .726 is ninth-highest in baseball. Hitters like Ketel Marte, Lourdes Gurriel and Corbin Carroll are always fun to watch at the plate. However, Arizona's pitching has been quite poor, owning a 4.18 team SIERA: fourth-worst in MLB.

San Francisco Giants (+8000)

The San Francisco Giants are in the first season under skipper Bob Melvin. Notably, Melvin is a Bay Area native, former Giants catcher and three-time Manager of the Year. Be that as it may, San Francisco has been unable to string together any consistent success in 2024.

This year, the Giants -- trudging forward without new acquisition Jung Hoo Lee (shoulder) -- have not won more than four games consecutively, nor have they been more than two games above .500. Still, S.F. is just a hair out of second place right now. With that, the Giants are showing 80-to-1 odds in the divisional market.

San Francisco's pitching rotation (3.74 SIERA) is respectable, showcasing quality arms in Logan Webb, Jordan Hicks and Kyle Harrison. On the other side, none of the Giants' offensive metrics stand out. If you're looking for a top-10 figure, they've drawn the eighth-most walks (250) in MLB this year.

On June 20th, the Giants, along with the St. Louis Cardinals, are participating in MLB at Rickwood Field: A Tribute to the Negro Leagues in Birmingham, Alabama. Unexpectedly, this contest comes just two days after the passing of Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays, the greatest Giant and a Birmingham native.

FanDuel lists San Francisco as a narrow favorite (-112 odds) for this historic bid at Rickwood Field.

Colorado Rockies (+50000)

In all seriousness, save your money. Sure, the Colorado Rockies are labeled with exorbitant 500-to-1 odds in this market, but they are also 19 GB of the Dodgers at this point.

The Rox have allowed the most earned runs (412) in baseball by a wide margin. Subsequently, Colorado (-2.04 nERD) is ranked dead last on numberFire's baseball rankings.


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