Los Angeles Dodgers: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2021 OUTLOOK
After coming oh-so-close for the latter half of the last decade, the Dodgers finally broke through and won their first World Series championship since 1988 and seventh overall. The Dodgers did it despite losing Kenta Maeda and Hyun Jin Ryu in the starting rotation and also had to roar back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NLCS to defeat the Braves in order to reach the World Series. There, after losing in the 2017 and '18 Fall Classics, LA took care of Tampa Bay in six games under manager Dave Roberts with Corey Seager earning MVP honors and Clayton Kershaw winning two games in the series.
2021 Featured Players
A huge part of the Dodgers' success last year was the trade with Boston that sent Mookie Betts to LA. Betts hit 16 home runs and drove in 39 RBI in the 60-game season and enters this year as an MVP candidate. Seager, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Will Smith, and rookie Gavin Lux will keep the runners on the bases turning plenty of times in 2021.
Last year's rotation is also back, as Kershaw and Walker Buehler sit atop the group. Oh yeah, the Dodgers also went out and signed reigning NL Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer to a free-agent deal. Julio Urias is a more than solid No. 4 option, and Dustin May will also see opportunities. David Price, who was acquired in the Betts trade with Boston, did not get a starting pitching spot to open the season but expect him to see some action if there's an injury in rotation. Kenley Jansen returns as the closer, and Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, and Corey Knebel will lineup behind him to get outs in the late innings.
Bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers! Los Angeles Dodgers Odds for 2021
Between their talent and popularity, the Dodgers are an extremely popular bet this season—and with good reason. The defending World Series champions are favored to do so again, as a bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers will pay only +350, which is +200 lower than the Yankees, who are the second-highest favorite. The Los Angeles Dodgers odds to win the National League for the fourth time in five seasons is +180, and they are massive favorites to win the NL West division for the ninth-straight time, as the odds for that feat stand at -250.
Los Angeles Dodgers Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
Now that this current group has won a World Series, it is among the best groups in franchise history. While the team played in Brooklyn, New York, it had Jackie Robinson, who famously was the first Black player in the majors and has had his No. 42 number retired by every team in the sport. The team is littered with Hall of Famers from past teams, including Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snyder, Don Sutton, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, and Don Drysdale. Manager Tommy Lasorda won two World Series titles with LA, in 1981 and '88. The 1988 team was famous for a pinch-hit home run by Kirk Gibson to win Game 1 and pitcher Orel Hershiser, who set a consecutive scoreless innings streak that year that still stands today.
After moving from Brooklyn in 1958, after two years at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Dodgers have called Dodger Stadium home for nearly 60 years now.
Their uniforms remain nearly identical to their Brooklyn days. The cap is blue with a white interlocking LA. The home whites say "Dodgers" in script in blue across the front of the jersey with the players' number beneath it in red. The road grays read "Los Angeles" across the front with the number in red below. There is also a gray alternate jersey that says "Dodgers" instead of the city name across the front.
2020 Record:43-17, First Place in National League West (Won World Series over Tampa Bay)