2021 National League Odds: Dodgers Favored Over Padres

  • BetOnline and Bovada favor the Dodgers (+170) to win their fourth NL pennant in the past five seasons
  • The San Diego Padres (+500) added All-Star starters Blake Snell and Yu Darvish in free agency
  • The Nationals’ loaded starting rotation make them undervalued at +2500  

It just so happens that the two best teams in baseball play in the NL West — the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, who haven’t won a division title in 15 years, both spent ungodly sums of money in the offseason to secure the National League pennant in 2021.

With MLB spring training games underway in Florida and Arizona, let’s look at the odds for both clubs and examine a few underdogs that could play spoiler in the NL this October.

Odds to Win the 2021 National League

Los Angeles Dodgers+170+170
San Diego Padres+500+425
Atlanta Braves+600+600
New York Mets+600+550
St Louis Cardinals+1400+1100
Cincinnati Reds+1800+1800
Chicago Cubs+2500+2500
Washington Nationals+2500+2500
Philadelphia Phillies+2800+2500
Milwaukee Brewers+3300+3500
Miami Marlins+4000+5000
Arizona Diamondbacks+6600+7500
San Francisco Giants+6600+6000
Colorado Rockies+8000+8000
Pittsburgh Pirates+12500+12500

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Dodgers favored to win another NL pennant

The Dodgers (+170) have appeared in three of the past four Fall Classics and added reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer to a staff already featuring Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and five-time All-Star David Price, who opted out of last season. With a batting lineup featuring two former MVPs in Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts, it’s possible that Los Angeles is better than the team that won the 2020 World Series.

Second last year only to the Dodgers in run differential, the Padres (+500) were swept by Los Angeles last October while without injured starters Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet. San Diego certainly won’t be short on pitching this season after acquiring two All-Stars in Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, and their Fernando Tatis Jr.-led lineup should be as potent as ever.

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Other National League contenders

Winners of three-straight NL East titles, the Braves (+600) were up 3-1 on LA in the NLCS last year before falling apart. Atlanta finished second in runs scored in the National League in 2020, and with a young lineup featuring reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr., they’ll likely continue to mash.

After their blockbuster trade for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, the Mets (+600) will also be heavily in the mix if two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard (returning from Tommy John surgery) and Marcus Stroman (elected not to play in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns) form a dominant trifecta. 

The Cardinals (+1400) stole superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Rockies and play in what should be one of baseball’s weakest divisions. St. Louis is a much stronger bet than both Cincinnati (+1800), who lost Bauer as a free agent, and Chicago (+2500), who shipped away Darvish for middling prospects.

However, the Washington Nationals (+2500) look like the best value in the National League after adding Jon Lester to a rotation already featuring Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.

Young superstar Juan Soto led the MLB in OBP (.490), slugging (.695), OPS (1.185) and OPS+ (212) during the shortened 2020 campaign, becoming the youngest player to ever win the NL batting title (.351), and should continue his ascendance for the 2019 World Series Champions this season.

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