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Nationals and Dodgers Odds-On Favorites in 2015

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Baseball has countless adages; chief among those in February is that pitching wins postseason games.

The Giants have proven that in each of the previous three even-numbered seasons. As pitchers and catchers report to the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues, odds makers in Las Vegas rely on this tried and true MLB fact.

Despite a lack of postseason success recently, (or in the case of Washington–never) the Nationals and Dodgers will enter the 2015 MLB season as the odds-on favorites to win the World Series.

Why are the Nationals and Dodgers the favorites now before a single game, let alone Opening Day rosters have been set?

Pitching.

The Nationals starting staff led baseball in ERA in 2014 and bolstered an already-strong unit by adding former AL CY Young winner Max Scherzer to the rotation. The Dodgers may have lost some pieces offensively, but their rotation will be anchored by the game’s most dominant southpaw starter, Clayton Kershaw.

Regular season success hasn't translated into World Series rings for Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Regular season success hasn’t translated into World Series rings for Kershaw and the Dodgers.

If pitching wins in October and beyond, then odds makers don’t have much faith in the Rockies and Phillies staffs as those clubs begin the 2015 season with the longest odds in MLB at 150/1.

Will the Dodgers and Nationals meet in the NLCS with a World Series berth on the line? There’s an entire season getting ready to unfold.

 

Odds to Win the 2015 World Series

Washington Nationals 13/2

Los Angeles Dodgers 17/2

Boston Red Sox 10/1

Chicago Cubs 10/1

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 12/1

St. Louis Cardinals 12/1

San Diego Padres 14/1

Chicago White Sox 16/1

Detroit Tigers 16/1

San Francisco Giants 16/1

Seattle Mariners 16/1

Oakland Athletics 25/1

Toronto Blue Jays 25/1

Baltimore Orioles 28/1

Cleveland Indians 28/1

Kansas City Royals 28/1

New York Mets 28/1

Miami Marlins 33/1

New York Yankees 33/1

Pittsburgh Pirates 33/1

Houston Astros 50/1

Texas Rangers 50/1

Atlanta Braves 66/1

Cincinnati Reds 66/1

Milwaukee Brewers 66/1

Tampa Bay Rays 66/1

Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1

Minnesota Twins 100/1

Colorado Rockies 150/1

Philadelphia Phillies 150/1

FanRag Sports Wants to Know:

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Think Bruce Bochy and the Giants don’t have a chance because it’s an odd-numbered season?

Which teams will meet in the 2015 World Series?

Is Clayton Kershaw the greatest ‘regular season starting pitcher’ in MLB Today?

Will the Cubs and White Sox make the postseason in 2015?

Which MLB team(s) will be the biggest surprise and disappointment in 2015?

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