The Los Angeles Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League, and no that’s not just the wishful thinking of some guy in Long Beach. Mere months after starting the season as the only team in the NL West without a legitimate shot at the division – or so we thought – the Dodgers have 7/1 odds of winning the World Series.
One can’t emphasize enough just how much LA has raised expectations. With franchise leader Matt Kemp on and off the DL, struggling with lingering injuries and an inability to hit for power, it seemed as though this might be another down year for a franchise that’s gotten used to disappointment.
Suddenly, it’s anything but. Thanks largely in part to steady production from Adrian Gonzalez in his first full year as a Dodger, the red-hot play of Hanley Ramirez and the impossible-to-miss debut of Yasiel Puig, the LA club that fans have long thought would factor into the NL playoff picture is living up to the hype.
The Cy Young-worthy play of staff ace Clayton Kershaw certainly doesn’t hurt their MLB odds either.
This weekend, tune in to see the Dodgers as they try their luck at home against the Chicago Cubs. The struggling Cubbies may not exactly be in LA’s weight class, but then again, these days few are.