MLB Betting: NL West Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers wrested the National League West crown from San Francisco before losing to St. Louis in the NLCS, and they have been tipped to do it again in 2014. But the Giants are going to be hot on their heels while Arizona could be offering some good value on the betting lines.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Odds To Win World Series: +500

They’ll finish first because….the Dodgers have an incredible one-two pitching punch in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the front of a strong rotation, and Matt Kemp will hopefully be 100% healthy to bolster an already-solid lineup. The biggest question marks come in the form of a bullpen that could be better and the progress of Yaisel Puig, who exploded into the league last year and has to avoid a sophomore slump.

2. San Francisco Giants

Odds To Win World Series: +2000

They’ll finish second because….Matt Cain and the rest of the rotation will bounce back from an off-year by their standards. Hunter Pence has a long-term deal now, locking him down to anchor the offense, while Buster Posey will also be better than he was, especially in the second half of 2013. The acquisition of Michael Morse could be a boost at the plate for the Giants.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks

Odds To Win World Series: +2000

They’ll finish third because….the addition of Mark Trumbo gives the Diamondbacks a huge one-two punch in the middle of the lineup, along with Paul Goldschmidt, and Gerardo Parra is back as well. Addison Reed was brought in from the Chicago White Sox to bolster the back end of a decent pitching staff, and if Brandon McCarthy can stay healthy, the D-Backs could make a push for a wild card.

4. San Diego Padres

Odds To Win World Series: +6500

They’ll finish fourth because …..Carlos Quentin won’t be able to stay healthy, Jedd Gyorko is a year away from really carrying a lineup and as usual, the issue of not being able score runs will rear its head in San Diego. The Padres also took a flier on Josh Johnson, who was terrible for Toronto in 2013, but Petco Park is legendary for being a pitcher’s ballpark and when he has his stuff, he can be as good as anyone. But, as the question always is with Johnson, can he stay off the disabled list? Andrew Cashman needs some help at the front of the rotation and a healthy Johnson could be able to provide it.

5. Colorado Rockies

Odds To Win World Series: +6500

They’ll finish fifth because….their pitching isn’t quite there yet, although they do have a very intriguing trio at the front of the rotation in Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies are also taking a gamble on 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins as their closer. The offense should be in good hands with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki can play a solid 150-155 games. The Rockies also rolled the dice again by giving the oft-injured Justin Morneau to a two-year deal despite his concussion history, but he will be hitting-friendly Coors Field, and a bounce-back season for the former American League MVP wouldn’t be the strangest thing we have ever seen in baseball. Even so, they’re the longest shot in this division according to the betting odds.

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