The Duel

Los Angeles Dodgers Heavily Favored to Win NL Pennant and Reach Third Straight World Series

Dan Israeli
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Following another series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers remain heavy favorites to win the NL pennant and reach the World Series for the third consecutive year.

The Dodgers are -105 to win the NL pennant, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, as they currently own the best record in baseball at 79-41. The Atlanta Braves have the next best odds at +400, followed by the Chicago Cubs at +1000.

The Dodgers welcomed the return of Hyun-Jin Ryu to their rotation on Sunday, who had missed nearly two weeks with neck soreness. Ryu did not miss a beat in his return, firing seven scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 9-3 victory. Ryu trails Max Scherzer in NL Cy Young odds, despite owning a 12-2 record and microscopic 1.45 ERA.

The Dodgers are hoping the third time's a charm this year, after losing to the Astros in seven games in the 2017 World Series and then losing in five games to the Red Sox last season. MVP frontrunner Cody Bellinger added another homer to his season total on Sunday, and now has 38 on the season.

Shockingly, the team with the fourth-best odds to win the NL pennant are currently out of the playoff picture. The red-hot New York Mets, who took two of three from the Washington Nationals this weekend, are +1200 to make the World Series. The Mets are currently a game behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot in a highly contested NL playoff race.

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