MLB Baseball Futures Odds – 2019 NL West Predictions
Looking for 2019 NL West Predictions? The Dodgers are the odds on favourite and for good reason but Colorado was a playoff team last season and San Francisco and Arizona haven been recently as well. San Diego made a huge splash in free agency so who knows how the division shapes up.
NL West Predictions & Handicapping Insight
Picking the Dodgers to repeat as champs has little value but it is not a bad bet. The rest of the division is full of intriguing options.
Colorado is solid at 5/1 and the Padres have jumped all the way to 10/1 after getting Machado. Even San Francisco is not a terrible play at 30/1. .
Los Angeles Dodgers NL West Predictions
Dodgers NL West Division Odds: -400
Dodgers Win Total Odds:: 93.5
The Dodgers have won several division titles in a row and been to back to back World Series so it is easy to start with them in any discussion about the NL West. I am not sure they are as good as they were a year ago though. .
Since we saw them lose to Boston they have turned over their roster quite a but losing Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal and trading away Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.
Having Corey Seager healthy for a whole season will help but he is not exactly the most proven commodity, nor is Cody Bellinger nor Max Muncy. I think their lineup could be a little light.
On the mound they are much stronger with the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. The bullpen is good but a year older and they need Kenley Jansen to be better. L.A. is no sure thing to me.
Colorado Rockies NL West Predictions
Rockies NL West Division Odds: +500
Rockies Win Total Odds: 84.5
The Rockies have not made any major acquisitions but I still think they could close the gap with L.A. Most of their key guys are in their prime and can have big seasons together.
The biggest add was veteran Daniel Murphy, who should put up his biggest numbers yet in this environment. Nolan Arenado got a big deal and he is totally worth it. This lineup should score a lot of runs.
I like the starting staff to be even better this season. German Marquez and Kyle Freeland were really good a year ago but Jon Gray not so much. He can be a lot better. The pen profiles well but Adam Ottavino will be missed.
San Diego Padres NL West Predictions
Padres NL West Division Odds: +1000
Padres Win Total Odds: 76.5
Getting Machado was huge and unexpected. They have a lot of young players in their lineup and he can make them better by taking some pressure off. They have been so anemic on offense lately and now they might be average.
They still need a lot of help on the mound. They have not made significant additions in this area so they are going to need guys to show internal improvement. Kirby Yates is a power arm at the back of the bullpen.
San Francisco Giants NL West Predictions
Giants NL West Division Odds: +3000
Giants Win Total Odds: 73.5
A healthy Giants team might have enough pitching to compete for a Wild Card team. Last year they had a tremendously difficult time keeping the rotation on the field. The bullpen is probably good enough.
There is not a lot to like about the lineup though. Buster Posey seems to always struggle with healthy and Evan Longoria’s first season in the NL was a dud. I am not sure where the offense comes from this season.
This team could easily be picked apart by other teams looking for specific roles. .
Arizona Diamondbacks West Predictions
Diamondbacks NL West Division Odds: +3000
Diamondbacks Win Total Odds: 73.5
A couple of years ago it felt like this team was really on the rise with a nice mix of experienced and emerging players. Now they could be the worst team in the division.
Trading away your best bat is never a way to improve. No “Goldy” means extra pressure on everyone in that lineup to produce. There is no star in the making to pick up the slack.
Even though Patrick Corbin left in free agency there is still some arms in the rotation. Robbie Ray can be nasty and Zach Greinke is not done yet. Archie Bradley can be dominant in the pen. If the pitching holds this team could be decent (that’s a low ceiling).
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