The gap between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the rest of Major League Baseball is widening.
It’s an unusually steep drop, but the Dodgers have earned their status as big favorites, said Randy Blum, director of sports betting at Westgate.
“What sets the Dodgers apart is their depth,” he said. “They’ve got stars, but they’ve got all these other guys right behind them that’s really good.”
Blum points out that former National League MVP Cody Bellinger barely played this season due to injury, but the Dodgers were still leading the majors with a 14-6 record and a +32 points differential. before Saturday’s games.
“It would take a lot to dramatically increase their chances,” Blum said.
Blum has said that for now, Westgate will break even on futures if the Dodgers win the World Series after taking large early bets in the 4-1 range.
Circa sports betting manager Chris Bennett said he was also well placed on the Dodgers, but had responsibility over a few teams with longer odds, including the Milwaukee Brewers, which opened at 100-1.
Circa is a bit higher on the Dodgers at +240 to win the title, but that’s partly shaped because Circa offers ‘yes / no’ props on its futures. A bettor who wants all the other baseball teams against the Dodgers to be able to bet on Los Angeles not to win the World Series at -315.
“We took a little bit of time for the Dodgers not to win the World Series and not to win the pennant (NL), and that allows them to keep the prize really fair,” Bennett said.
BetMGM has the best price on the Dodgers in Las Vegas at +325.
The gap between the Dodgers and the rest of baseball has widened since the start of the season due to the slow start of the New York Yankees. New York was much closer to the Dodgers at 6-1 to open the season, but the Yankees struggled to get an 8-11 record heading into Saturday, tied for last in the AL East.
The Westgate had the Yankees as high as 12-1 earlier this week before lowering them to 10-1 after New York won three of four.
Bennett said he wasn’t going to count the Yankees so soon. Circa still has New York as the second pick behind the Dodgers at +725.
“I can certainly see the argument for them not to be the 95½ winning team they were for their winning tally of the season,” he said. “But they have the talent to be a very good hitting team. … Gerrit Cole is an ace, and the market still respects them every day.