The San Diego Padres were the clear winners of the MLB Trade Deadline and were feeling very confident heading into a weekend series at the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA definitely showed why it is the +350 favorite to win the World Series as it absolutely dominated the Padres in sweeping the three games. The Dodgers have won eight straight games overall.Let’s look at the preview for your MLB bets.
World Series 2022 Odds After Week 17 Of The Season
Most people believed the Padres with additions could give the Dodgers a run for their money. That might still be the case — these two teams play nine more times in the regular season and could meet up again in October — but that’s not how things played out this weekend. Dodger pitching had just one earned run the entire series, which came in the 9th inning of Friday night’s 8-1 blowout. It was pure dominance from the first pitch of Friday night’s game until the final one on Sunday night.
“It definitely feels good,” said Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger. “With that, I think we’ve got nine more games against them and then potentially the playoffs. So, this was a great win, a great series. We can’t take anything for granted.”
This season, Los Angeles is 8-2 against the Padres and outscoring the Friars 55-18. The Dodgers won their last nine games over the Padres last season, so overall they’ve won 17 of their last 19. This is something that has been happening for a while, too. The Padres haven’t won a season series against the Dodgers since 2010. From 2011 to present, the Dodgers are 127-63 against the Padres.
With the series sweep, the Dodgers opened open up a 15 1/2 game lead in the NL West. At 75-33, they have the best record in baseball. They are on pace to win a franchise-record 113 games. The MLB record for most wins in a season is 116, accomplished by the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners.
Offensively, Los Angeles leads the Majors in OPS and ranks second in runs, trailing only the Yankees. As for the pitching staff, the Dodgers have an MLB-best 2.87 ERA, including a 2.69 ERA for the starting rotation — nearly a half run better than the Majors’ next best starting staff (Astros, 3.13).
The New York Mets also were very impressive over the weekend in taking four of five from Atlanta and the Mets are now +550 to win the World Series. The franchise hasn’t seen a 100-game winner since 1988, but they are 70-39 right now, which is a 104-win pace. Prior to this year, it’s the most games over .500 since they were 32 games over with a record of 97-65 to end the 2006 season.
The Mets’ NL East lead dipped all the way down to a half-game over the Braves a few weeks ago, but the Mets have gone 12-2 since then. They just took four of five against the defending champs and are finally sporting the otherworldly Max Scherzer-Jacob deGrom tandem atop the rotation. They have a 6 1/2-game lead and are looking the best they have all season in some respects. The Mets are 54-11 when scoring first this season. New York is 25-6-3 in 34 series this year.
Closer Edwin Díaz has not allowed a run in his last 18 outings dating back to June 22, covering 18.0 innings, establishing a new career-high scoreless streak. A total of 37 of Díaz last 50 outs have been recorded via the strikeout. Diaz has was won back-to-back NL Reliver of the Month awards and since the start of June, Díaz has posted a 0.36 ERA (one earned runs/24.2 innings) with 11 hits, two walks and 53 strikeouts. He has converted all 15 saves in that period.
The Mets’ top two prospects in their entire minor league system are now playing for the team’s Triple-A affiliate, which is sure to make fans wonder if either could be called up soon to aid the team in their hunt to win the NL East after Brett Baty was officially promoted to the team’s Triple-A squad in Syracuse on Monday.
Baty is on the doorstep of the majors after hitting a sublime .312/.406/.544 with 19 round-trippers and two steals in 394 plate appearances over 89 games this season at Double-A Binghamton. The 22-year-old infielder was selected 12th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft and is universally-regarded as one of the top 25 prospects in baseball. Baty joins catcher Francisco Alvarez — the organization’s top player on the farm — in Syracuse. Alvarez recently moved into the top spot among all baseball prospects after Detroit Tigers rookie Riley Greene reached 130 at-bats at the big-league level.