Dodgers Odds To Win NL West If They Beat Rockies Once, Win...

Dodgers Odds To Win NL West If They Beat Rockies Once, Win Series Or Complete Sweep At Dodger Stadium

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The Los Angeles Dodgers returned home on Monday for the start of a pivotal three-game series with the Colorado Rockies that could very well determine the winner of the National League West race when it’s all said and done.

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With a half-game separating the two teams and less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the matchup presents a postseason feel.

The Dodgers took care of business in the opening bout, defeating the Rockies by a final score of 8-2 and reclaiming sole possession of first place in the NL West.

The win puts Los Angeles in a favorable position, as the club now has the luxury of sending ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound on Tuesday with an opportunity to clinch a series victory.

Doing so would give the Dodgers an edge, percentage-wise, of capturing their sixth consecutive NL West title. Here’s a look at the rest of the series outcomes and how each one could shape out the respective postseason fates of both clubs, via Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs:

The third-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who entered the month of September tops in the NL West, have since dropped 13 of their last 17 games and face a near impossible task of not only winning the division, but making the playoffs in general.

Regardless of the outcome of the Dodgers and Rockies series, the Diamondbacks were given a less than three percent chance of advancing to the postseason.

Statistically speaking, the club’s best chance of sneaking in would hinge on either Los Angeles or Colorado being swept.