World Series runners up in 2018 the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to redeem themselves in the shortened 2020 season as they are the favorites to head back into baseball’s biggest stage as they are marked +230 to claim the title.
They already seem to be well on their way to claim their first World Series title since 1988, as they completed the shortened MLB season (due to COVID-19 which saw each team play 60 games compared to the normal 162 games) winning 43 games to earn them their 19th West Division title (their eighth in a row).
Not only that but they made easy work in the postseason so far as they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in two games (out of a three-game series) to advance to the next round of playoffs, defeating them 4-2 in game one and 3-0 in game two.
Off-season moves saw the Dodgers sign pitcher Blake Treinen and Jimmy Nelson to add to their pitching stocks. However, arguably the biggest arrival to Dodger Stadium ahead of the season came when they made a trade with the Boston Red Sox to get Mookie Betts and David Price.
While the addition of Betts in particular helped the Dodgers become a fearsome team to play against as he had 219 at-bats (the most out of any Dodgers player) from 55 games, scoring 47 runs while scoring a whopping 16 home runs and had a regular-season average of .292 just made the Dodgers reach that next level. Another reason why the Dodgers are World Series favorites is that they have a deep batting core.
A.J Pollock (16 home runs, an average of .276), Corey Sager (15 home runs, an average of .307), Max Muncy (12 home runs, an average of .192), and Cody Bellinger (12 home runs, average .239) have all chipped in when needed to. However, third baseman Justin Turner could be the secret weapon to the Dodgers success while he has only scored four home runs in the regular season he does have an average of .307 (along with Corey Sager) which is the best in Dodgers camp.
Their pitching stocks also run pretty deep too as Dodgers stalwart Clayton Kershaw leads the way in the regular season as he has the lowest earned run average (ERA) of 2.16 and has 62 strikeouts, despite playing 10 games.
Other pitchers like Tony Gonsolin (ERA 2.31 and 46 strikeouts), Julio Urias (ERA 3.27 and 45 strikeouts), Dustin May (ERA 2.57, and 44 strikeouts), and Walker Buehler (ERA 3.44 and 42 strikeouts). Meanwhile, Kenley Jansen (who has 33 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.33) has saved the match 11 times the most out of any pitcher in the Dodgers can all play a part when called upon.
Looking at the depth of the Dodgers it’s no wonder why they are regarded as the team to beat. Their batting and pitching runs so deep that they don’t need to rely on their big-name players with the depth that they have, as every squad member seems to be doing their role exceptionally well.
Odds are correct at time of publication.
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