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Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Odds & Betting Outlook

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Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Odds - 2017 Dodgers MLB Betting Outlook

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West for the fourth straight season, but they fell to the Cubs in the NLCS as they are still without a World Series title since the 1988 season. While four straight division titles are good, it’s not good enough for a team with seemingly endless cash and, subsequently, the highest payroll in the sport.

The Dodgers will try to get over the hump and back to the top of the heap in a league where the Chicago Cubs are the clear favorites once again and in a division where the San Francisco Giants are with three rings this decade, not the Dodgers.

Outside of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry and maybe the Cubs/Cardinals feud, the Dodgers/Giants rivalry is the best in the sport. It’s a shame we won’t see that to open the year with another Kershaw versus Madison Bumgarner showdown on Opening Day. Instead, we’ll get that rivalry at the end of the month, with the Dodgers kicking things off against the divisional punching bag: the San Diego Padres.

After the favorable matchup at home against the lowly Padres, the Dodgers will hit the road, heading up to Coors Field and then Wrigley to take on the Cubs. From there, seven of the squad’s next nine games will be against the Diamondbacks. Overall, only a series in Chicago against the Cubs and in San Francisco against the Giants represent matchups against teams that finished last season above .500. The rest of Los Angeles’ April schedule is rather favorable.

2016 Record: 91-71

2016 Moneyline Record: -6.37 Units

2016 Over/Under Total Record: 71-84-7

Current World Series Odds: +863

Current Odds To Win NL: +426

Current Odds To Win NL West: -204

Regular Season Win Total: 94.5

2017 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Outlook

The Dodgers lost Clayton Kershaw for a significant portion of the season last year due to a back injury and many thought that was going to be the beginning of the end for the team. Despite that, they not only hung around, but gained ground with Kershaw out as they rotated through seemingly countless starters.

As the season starts, Kershaw is healthy and will look to make more than the 21 starts he did last year. Even in those 21 starts, he was nearly unhittable, going 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA and 0.725 WHIP over 149 innings. Kershaw is, without a doubt, the best pitcher on the planet and gives Los Angeles a distinct advantage over anyone every fifth day.

Behind Kershaw in the rotation is Rich Hill who himself combined for just 20 starts last year between Los Angeles and Oakland. While blisters are a concern, he was filthy when he pitched, posting a combined 12-5 record and 2.12 ERA. Durability is a question for the 37-year old southpaw. He has started more than 20 games just once in his career, coming in 2007.

Add in a likely innings limit for Julio Urias and health concerns for Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Hyun-Jin Ryu and it’s a good thing this team has so much depth in the starting rotation.

In addition to the names mention, the Dodgers also have Alex Wood, Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda who all started at least 10 games last year.

Maeda may actually be the biggest key to this rotation. While healthy issues are everywhere, Maeda led the team in starts and innings last year and pitched to a very good 3.48 ERA with 16 wins. He did, however, show fatigue down the stretch.

So, with tons of inventory, the Dodgers look set in the rotation even with the durability issues across the board. The bullpen, meanwhile, can be called into question. The team had the best bullpen ERA in the National League, but in the postseason, manager Dave Roberts didn’t seem to have much confidence in anyone not name Kenley Jansen. Fortunately for L.A., Jansen is back to close out games for the Dodgers, but the team’s key setup man from last year, Joe Blanton, has moved on.

A number of the starting candidates will help out in the pen and Sergio Romo was added to provide veteran leadership in the backend. The numbers were good for this group last year so the unit should at least be respectable in 2017.

On top the lineup, the Dodgers have answers at every position. Starting with the infield, Adrian Gonzalez is getting older but is as reliable as ever. Logan Forsythe is an upgrade at second and Justin Turner is back at third. Corey Seager is coming off a monumental rookie campaign, but there’s some injury concern here in the spring, but he’s only getting better and will be a force in this lineup for a long time.

Behind the plate, Yasmani Grandal is a beast. He only hit .228 last year, but had a solid OBP and slammed 27 home runs.

The outfield isn’t as set as the rest of the team, but with Joc Pederson in center, the corners have a number of candidates including Yasiel Puig who, if he has his head on straight, could be one of the better players in the league.

Last year, the biggest issue was hitting against LHP. Well, Forsythe can help there as can Franklin Gutierrez who was signed as a platoon bat. The 34-year old has a career .846 OPS against southpaws.

This team is a bit improved over last year, though the improvements are just incremental. The biggest difference could be health and that focuses on the starting pitching, particularly Kershaw and Hill at the top. This team really needs 30 starts from each to live up to the win total projections.

Upcoming Los Angeles Dodgers Schedule & Team Match-Up

April 3-6: vs. Padres

April 7-9: at Rockies

April 10-13: at Cubs

April 14-17: vs. Diamondbacks

April 18-19: vs. Rockies

April 21-23: at Diamondbacks

April 24-27: at Giants

April 28-30: vs. Phillies

Outside of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry and maybe the Cubs/Cardinals feud, the Dodgers/Giants rivalry is the best in the sport. It’s a shame we won’t see that to open the year with another Kershaw versus Madison Bumgarner showdown on Opening Day. Instead, we’ll get that rivalry at the end of the month, with the Dodgers kicking things off against the divisional punching bag: the San Diego Padres.

After the favorable matchup at home against the lowly Padres, the Dodgers will hit the road, heading up to Coors Field and then Wrigley to take on the Cubs. From there, seven of the squad’s next nine games will be against the Diamondbacks. Overall, only a series in Chicago against the Cubs and in San Francisco against the Giants represent matchups against teams that finished last season above .500. The rest of Los Angeles’ April schedule is rather favorable.

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