When was the last time the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t favored to win the National League pennant?
Even though the Dodgers did not win their division last year, they remained World Series and NL pennant favorites until they were eliminated. As predicted, Los Angeles tops the National League odds again this year.
The Dodgers continue to dominate the National League odds at OKbet sportsbook so far in 2022. The Dodgers are the +150 favorites, following by the New York Mets (+275) and Atlanta Braves (+400). Complete National League pennant odds are available below:
National League Odds in 2022
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+150|
|New York Mets||+275|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+750|
|San Diego Padres||+1200|
With +150 odds to win the National League, a $100 bet on the Dodgers would net you $150. Furthermore, according to our sports betting calculator, the Dodgers’ odds indicate an estimated victory probability of 40.00 percent.
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Why is Los Angeles the favorite to win the National League?
Looking at the Dodgers’ roster from top to bottom, it’s clear that they’re in a league of their own. Last year, they had a 106-56 regular-season record with a +269 run differential, but they still lost their division to the Giants. This year, Los Angeles will not make the same mistake.
The Dodgers have already surpassed 100 victories and have a 21-game lead in the National League West. Mookie Betts has reached a new level, Freddie Freeman has integrated seamlessly, and the Dodgers have around five or six more MVP possibilities on the roster and in the rotation. This LA club has no flaws, and betting against them is a tremendous gamble.
Sleeper Picks for the National League Pennant
Philadelphia Phillies (+1500)
Philadelphia has been one of the top teams in baseball since a 22-29 start that lost Joe Girardi his job and drove Phillies fans into a frenzy. The Phillies have worked their way back into a wild-card berth under interim manager Rob Thomson and look like the club they were intended to be.
Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Nick Castellanos, Bryce Harper, and J.T. Realmuto form one of the strongest hitting orders in the majors, with the club scoring the seventh-most runs. The pitching staff, though, is the main reason the Phillies have a chance to win the NL title.
Adding David Robertson at the deadline has stabilized an always-shaky bullpen, while Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola form one of the strongest 1-2 rotation punches in the game. If Thomson can keep pulling the right threads and the Phillies’ hitters keep pounding, they may be able to surprise some folks in October.
San Diego Padres (+1200)
The Padres presently have a half-game lead over the Phillies for the NL’s second wild-card spot. San Diego has had an odd season, losing Fernando Tatis Jr. to injury and then steroid suspension, and never quite reaching their full potential as a team.
This time of year, however, provides a chance to alter the tale. The Padres’ lineup remains strong, with Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Josh Bell, and others. And they still have a starting rotation with as much promise as any in baseball. If the hitters show up and any four of the Padres’ starting pitchers, Yu Darvish, Mike Clevinger, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, and Sean Manaea, perform to expectations, this club is equipped and dangerous.
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