San Francisco Giants +105
Los Angeles Dodgers -125
The Giants finished the 2016 season 2nd in the National League West division with an 87-75 record. San Francisco reached the playoffs as the second NL Wild Card, and beat the New York Mets in the Wild Card round. However, they lost in four games to the eventual World Series champion the Chicago Cubs in the National League Divisional Series. The Giants’ roster is stacked this year, including both seasoned veterans and fresh faces. As a result, there will be plenty of something that hasn’t been seen in San Fran for quite a while, and that is competition for a spot in the 40-man roster. Case in point, outfielder Jarrett Parker who, according to the SF Chronicle, is “intense, and intent on becoming starter.” Apparently, he’s also a “dead ringer for Captain Jack Sparrow.” Parker hit three home runs in a game against the Athletics at the Coliseum in 2015. On the other hand, he has struck out 836 times in 2409 at-bats in the minors, more than one-third of the time. He missed 21 times in 49 at-bats during his first big-league call-up in 2015, and 44 times in 127 at-bats with the Giants last year. The 28 year old is only example of the evolutionary arms race within the Giants.
The Dodgers are the MLB betting favorites to win their fifth consecutive National League Western division title. Fans who bet on baseball will remember that the Blue Crew unceremoniously departed from the 2016 playoffs when they were defeated by the Cubs in six games in the National League Championship Series. That was then, though, and this is now. And now the Dodgers have a starting rotation that can go toe-to-toe with that of the Cubbies, featuring Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Scott Kazmir, and either Julio Urias or Brandon McCarthy. Furthermore, the Dodgers’ bullpen includes one of the best closers right now; Kenley Jansen earned 47 saves in 2016 with a 1.83 ERA in 68.2 innings pitched. The Dodgers re-signed Jansen to a five-year, $80 million deal on January 10th. Elsewhere, the infield is loaded as well with Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, and Logan Forsythe, who the Dodgers acquired from the Rays in exchange for José De León. All things considered, the LA club has one of the best rosters in the league today, as long as they manage to remain healthy. Unfortunately, the Dodgers have struggled with injuries and consistency in the previous two campaigns. A team like the Giants will always be at the Dodger’s heels. Today, however, the Dodgers ate the MLB betting favorites to defeat the Giants, just as they are favored by people who bet on baseball to win the National League Western division.