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The more the Los Angeles Dodgers win, the lower their odds get to win a third consecutive National League pennant. Heading into Wednesday’s action, the Dodgers had won three straight games, eight of nine and 11 of 13 to tie the New York Yankees for the best record in baseball.
Los Angeles is now an overwhelming -120 favorite (bet $120 to win $100) to make it to the team’s third World Series in a row.
Standing in the way of the NL West-leading Dodgers are the other two division leaders, the Atlanta Braves (NL East) and Chicago Cubs (NL Central).
The Braves are the +425 second choice (bet $100 to win $425) to win the NL pennant at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, and they lead the Washington Nationals by six games and the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets each by nine games in the NL East.
The Mets have been the hottest team in the league, winning 15 of 18, to lower their odds to +1200 along with the Nationals while the Phillies are a longer shot to win the pennant at +1800.
From the Central, the Cubs are +800 at online betting sites and continue to have the second-worst road record in the NL, but they are still clinging to a small lead in the division. They are in the midst of a 10-game road trip right now that could help decide their fate down the stretch, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers hot on their heels.
St. Louis is right behind New York and Washington on the betting board at +1400 to win the NL pennant, and defending NL Central champ Milwaukee is tied with Philadelphia at +1800.
The Nationals are in the top Wild Card spot and could be a dangerous playoff opponent considering their starting rotation, with the Mets, Phillies, Cardinals and Brewers all in the mix for the second.
Two other teams with an outside shot at a Wild Card berth are the NL West’s San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. Even though the Giants and Diamondbacks have virtually no shot at winning the division, they are listed at +3300 and +6000 to win the pennant based on the possibility that they could get in the playoffs.