We are less than a week away from the first spring training games of the season, so it really is time to start thinking about the MLB regular season and how things might play out. With that in mind, it’s the perfect time to start breaking down each division in an attempt to separate the pretenders from the contenders. It has to be said, though, that some divisions are a good deal easier to figure out than others. Over the past decade or so, the NL West has been one of the easiest to predict, but might we be about to see that change? Let’s take a look at the MLB odds as we try to predict how the final standings will look.
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LA Dodgers (-149)
Like we said at the top of this piece, this division has essentially belonged to one team for a decade, with the Dodgers winning it in 9 of the last 10 seasons. They are coming off a season where they had the best record in baseball at 111-51, yet this still feels as though they might be ready to take a backward step. The Dodgers lost Trea Turner, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner this offseason, and while they brought in some veteran replacements, they got a little worse. Could their dominance be in danger this season?
San Diego Padres (+135)
If the Dodgers do indeed take a backward step this season, I believe the only team that is ready to take advantage of it is the San Diego Padres. Yes, they finished 22 games off the pace last season, but their 89-73 record was good enough to get them into the Wild Card. The Padres are stacked right now and in their best position to win a division title in quite some time. While it would not be a huge upset to see them win the division, I still think they spring the surprise and land on top.
San Francisco Giants (+1175)
The Giants played .500 ball last season, finishing with an 81-81 record that prompted many to believe that they might go big in the offseason. There were suggestions that they might win the Aaron Judge sweepstakes, but that did not pan out and they ended up making smaller moves that are unlikely to yield any real positive impact. This looks like a similar season as last year coming up, and perhaps even a bit of a slide.
Arizona Diamondbacks (+4700)
Unlike the Giants, the Arizona Diamondbacks took a deep dive into the free agent pool in the offseason and came out with some very solid additions, with Evan Longoria, Gabriel Moreno, and a few other big names heading to the desert. Now, whether those moves pay immediate dividends remains to be seen, and you do have to say that the high bar for the Padres this season is probably 3rd in the division.
Colorado Rockies (+15000)
The Rockies odds heading into the new season tells you all you really need to know about this team. This is a team that looks to be in full rebuild mode after another underwhelming offseason where they did little to improve their squad. If there is a safe bet in this division, it is taking the Rockies to finish dead last.