Odds News: Dodgers Remain Favorites Despite Recent Struggles
Chris Taylor
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The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their opening game to the Colorado Rockies on April 1st, by the score of 8-5, and then went 13-1 run with the only loss coming in a 10 inning affair against the Oakland Athletics. That run ended with a 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on April 18th.

Since then, the Dodgers have been in a small rut. They managed to split the short 2-game series with the Mariners up in Seattle but lost 3 of 4 at home against San Diego to fall to 15-7 on the season.

In last night’s game, the Padres score seven unanswered runs to beat Dodgers in 11 innings, marking the first time this season that Los Angeles has blown a lead of 5 or more runs. This is also the first time the Padres have won a season series against the Dodgers since 2010, a span that saw the Dodgers go 118-61 against them.

Next up for Los Angeles is a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, before heading out on the road against Milwaukee and Chicago. The Dodgers return to California on May 7th but don’t play another home game until May 11 against the Mariners.

Los Angeles Notes

  • Julio Urías (3-0, 2.81 ERA) returns to the mound tomorrow against Cincinnati. Urías struck out 11 Mariners over seven scoreless innings in his last outing vs. the Mariners.
  • Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts confessed to having to go deeper than he wanted into his bullpen because David Price strained his hamstring while pitching the seventh inning.
  • During the Padres series, Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer Tweeted a question whether Fernando Tatís Jr. peeked back at the catcher’s signal before his second homer Saturday.
  • Mookie Betts went 3 for 18 in the series dropping his OPS to a season-low .804

Dodgers Remain Heavy Favorites

Despite the small slide, Los Angeles remains the heavy favorites to repeat as Division, League, and World Series champs. According to sites listed at SBO.net, the Dodgers are a +300 favorite to win the World Series, ahead of the New York Yankees +800, New York Mets +1000, and division rival Padres +1200. Los Angeles is +150 to win the National League, and a ridiculous -800 to win the National League West Division.

Dodgers Injury Update

Earlier today the Dodgers underwent a roster shuffle. Los Angeles sent David Price to the Injured Reserve with a Grade 2 hamstring strain while activating infielder Gavin Lux who has been sidelined for almost two weeks with a wrist injury.

Price joins utility man Zach McKinstry, pitcher Tony Gonsolin, and former league MVP Cody Bellinger on the injured reserve list.