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Dodgers Once Again The Favorites To Win The NL West

Posted by on 3/28/2015 12:14:29 AM

The third-best team batting average in the majors combined with the sixth-best ERA by their pitching staff helped the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the NL West title with 94 wins a year ago – six more than the San Francisco Giants in second spot. The Giants would have the last laugh though with a World Series title but fast-forward to the 2015 MLB season and it appears as though the Dodgers might once again be in a class of their own in terms of chasing a division title. Here is a quick look at what to expect from each team and where they will finish along with their odds to win the NL West this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers -200

Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu comprise one of the best starting rotation trios in the majors and the bullpen is strong with Kenley Jansen back for at least one more year. The Dodgers are expecting more power from Yasiel Puig after he struggled down the stretch last season and if he and Adrian Gonzalez could step up then Los Angeles will once again be the frontrunner in the NL West.

San Diego Padres +300

The Padres decided to break the bank this summer when they signed James Shields to add to an already strong rotation that features Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross while also shoring up the offense with the additions of Wil Myers, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. Some handicappers will take a wait and see approach before buying in completely with San Diego but it’s telling that most sportsbooks have them listed second among the favorites to win the NL West.

San Francisco Giants +400

San Diego’s rise to No. 2 in terms of division odds moves the defending World Series champion Giants to No. 3 but they still have enough weapons to make another run for an NL West title or at minimum a Wild Card spot. Madison Bumgarner dominated during the playoffs and is once again joined by Matt Cain and Jake Peavy in a strong starting rotation and while the offense leaves something left to be desired as long as Buster Posey stays healthy they should be good enough to remain in contention.

Arizona Diamondbacks +2500

The Diamondbacks have some solid bats led by Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo but their rotation is very average and could be in big trouble in a hitter friendly park. Arizona has some key pieces to build around but until they shore up their arms in terms of both their starters and their bullpen they can’t be considered more than an afterthought in the NL West.

Colorado Rockies +2500

Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon bring a lot to the table for this offense if they can stay healthy and the rotation has talent at the top with Jhoulys Chacin and Jorge De La Rosa but the rest of the starters leave something to be desired and the big three of Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Blackmon have been far too injury prone. Colorado has enough weapons to give the home fans reason for optimism but they won’t compete for a playoff spot this season.



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