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Normally, the betting favorite to win the NL pennant in mid-September at least leads the division. However, the oddsmakers don't seem to think so as we wind down the regular season

Apparently, the oddsmakers are really high on the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to the FanDuel Sportsbook's latest odds, L.A. is now co-favorites with the Chicago Cubs to take home the NL Pennant this season.

That's a lot of faith to put in a team that currently doesn't hold a playoff spot, and this definitely feels like a slap in the face to the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies. However, the Dodgers have the talent to find their way into October. 

The Dodgers currently sit two games back of first place in the NL West and two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card spot. With 17 games left to play, the club has plenty of time to make up the ground they need to get into the postseason.

Despite the confidence of the sportsbooks, betting on the Dodgers has its risks. L.A.'s path to the postseason will be tough to navigate and, unlike the other favorites in the NL, they may not get in the playoffs at all. 

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