With the top teams in the league closing in on 100 wins this season, our three World Series favorites are still the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees. The Dodgers have been to the World Series the past two years and experienced heartbreak both times. They last won a World Series in 1988, so what makes this year any different? Well, they just clinched the NL West Division for the seventh consecutive year (with celebratory champagne goggles and all that) so things are looking bright. If you don’t count their loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, that is…
Here are the Dodgers’ odds to win the World Series and the challenges they’ll face along the way.
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Challenges for the Dodgers
After setting a career-best 10 home runs in August, charismatic third baseman Justin Turner has been out with a sprained ankle since September 6th. The team’s loss to the Rays this week marked his ninth game missed due to the injury. While an MRI confirmed that it’s minor, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he’s surprised it caused him to sit out this many games. He still feels confident, however, that Turner will return in time for a few regular season games – at least enough to warm him up for the playoffs. Others say that the Dodgers should plan for the decline of the bearded fan favorite.
Meanwhile, closing pitcher Kenley Jansen has been all over the place in terms of performance, blowing a two-run lead, allowing the Rays to rally, and ultimately losing the game this week. He’s been struggling lately and it’s uncertain where he’ll be in October. If he’s still a go-to closer for the Dodgers, there’s no room for error.
The Good Stuff
Gavin Lux, a 21-year-old prospect for the Dodgers just might make the postseason roster for his offensive prowess. Los Angeles will want all the firepower they can get in their lineup as they face opposing pitchers in the playoffs, and many think the rookie could make an impact. Although it wasn’t the original plan for him to play in 2019 at all, he’s had one of the hottest seasons of any player in the minors. Now he’s (potentially) coming on board to a lot of hype, joining other rookies who have been important for the team this season like Alex Verdugo, Matt Beaty, Dustin May, Will Smith, and Tony Gonsolin.
The caveat to all this – and another challenge for the Dodgers going into the postseason – is that Lux would be coming onto the field in part because infielder Max Muncy left it. First baseman Muncy fractured his wrist at the end of August and though he’s been activated off the Injured List, he’s still not fully recovered. They’d likely put Lux at second base.
Speaking of the new guys, May and Gonsolin have also stepped up this season to fill gaps in the rotation when players like Rich Hill got injured. May hasn’t started since August but he might be useful as a reliever in the postseason.
And in other “silver lining” news, Corey Seager is also back in commission after taking some time to get back into the swing of things. He cranked out some doubles against the Rays this week.
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We’ve also got to remember the Dodgers’ star slugger. Cody Bellinger is still in the race for MVP despite a downturn in production. He may end up winning it too, since frontrunner Christian Yelich fractured his kneecap, putting himself out of commission for the rest of the season. Some say that Bellinger is the first real MVP candidate the Dodgers have had since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. If Bellinger can turn it on in these last several games, he just might nab the title. As for postseason hopes, Bellinger hasn’t been a factor in either of their World Series appearances over the past two years, so some think he is one obvious place for improvement if the Dodgers want to change their fate… if they can make it there again.
When it comes to the World Series, Vegas odds have just tipped in favor of the Dodgers, but they’re still in a tight race with the Yankees and the Astros for the most wins this season… and home-field advantage in the postseason.
Odds to win the World Series as of September 19th via Vegas Insider:
|Los Angeles Dodgers||5/2|
|New York Yankees||3/1|
The Dodgers just wrapped up three games against the Tampa Bay Rays and today they begin a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. Next week, they face the San Diego Padres in three more, followed by the San Francisco Giants. And then we are DONE with the regular season, folks! Wow. Stay tuned for what’s next from the Dodgers in the playoffs…
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