Los Angeles narrowly won the season series 6-4, but enter the NLDS as pretty heavy favorites, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Here are the odds:
- Los Angeles Dodgers: -286
- San Diego Padres: +225
Why the Padres can win
San Diego arguably has the deepest lineup in baseball with two elite hitters in Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado. As we saw in Game 2 against the Cardinals, when the Padres overcame an early 4-0 deficit to win 11-9, you can never count them out because of how quickly they can tack on runs.
The Padres were third in the NL in runs and homers and also third in the NL in ERA as they have one of the most dynamic rotations in baseball when healthy.
Why the Dodgers can win
The Dodgers are the most complete team in MLB, ranking No. 1 in the National League in runs and ERA. Their lineup is just as deep and powerful as San Diego’s, with plenty of options from both sides of the plate.
Unlike San Diego, Los Angeles has plenty of postseason experience, as this is it’s eight straight season in the NLDS. But where the Dodgers really have an advantage in this series is starting pitching. All five of their starters posted ERAs below 3.50 in the regular season. And while the Padres have great depth too, they aren’t healthy. Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet are both nursing arm injuries and it’s unclear if they will be available in the NLDS.
If the Padres’ pitching staff was healthy, this series would be a toss-up. But if Clevinger and Lamet can’t give it a go, it’s hard to imagine San Diego going toe-to-toe with a Dodger team that only lost one series all season.
For that reason, I’m taking the Dodgers.