The Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched the Atlanta Braves in four games and now await the winner of the more competitive NLDS matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
Thankfully, this in-depth breakdown on the latest and greatest MLB Odds surrounding the NL portion of the playoffs will let baseball betting buffs across the globe, whether the Dodgers, Cards or Pirates will actually win this season’s NL Pennant.
Now, with all of that said – and the NLCS set to get underway on Friday, Oct. 11 – it’s time to get started with this informative, fun-filled betting analysis on everything NL-related.
Odds To Win 2013 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/5
Boston Red Sox 9/5
St. Louis Cardinals 5/1
Analysis: The Boston Red Sox and L.A. Dodgers are favored to win the World Series and rightfully so, seeing as how they are the most talented teams remaining in their respective leagues. However, I am going on record right now to say that I wouldn’t be very surprised to see either, the Tigers or A’s to pull off an upset over the BoSox in the upcoming ALCS.
Odds to Win 2013 NL Pennant
Los Angeles Dodgers-5/8
St. Louis Cardinals-2/1
Analysis: The Los Angeles Dodgers are favored to win the NL Pennant and are co-favorites to win the World Series along with the Boston Red Sox, but I’m not so sure they’re going to have it very easy against the winner of Thursday’s matchup between the Cardinals and Pirates.
L.A. took the first game of their NLDS series against Atlanta 6-1 before the Braves bounced back to win Game 2 4-3. The Dodgers then pounded Atlanta’s pitching staff for a whopping 13 runs in Game 3 to win by seven runs. Last but not least, L.A. clinched the series by taking home the bacon in a 4-3 squeaker over the Braves.
Dodgers NLDS Results
LA Dodgers 6, Atlanta 1
Atlanta 4, LA Dodgers 3
LA Dodgers 13, Atlanta 6 (LAD leads 2-1)
LA Dodgers 4, Atlanta 3 (LAD wins series 3-1)
Now the Dodgers will wait to see which team they’ll play in the NLCS, so let’s take a look at how they performed against each possible opponent.
L.A. played Pittsburgh six times this season, winning all three of their home games against the Bucs while going 1-2 SU when they visited the Prates. Nevertheless, the Pirates played Los Angeles very tight, with no contest being decided by a larger margin than L.A.’s 6-2 win over the Pirates way back on April 7.
As far as the Dodgers chances of beating the St. Louis Cardinals are concerned, L.A. played the NL Central powerhouse seven times during the regular season while winning four of the seven meetings overall, including a 13-4 shellacking they recorded in St. Louis on Aug. 7 before following that win up with a 5-1 victory one day later.
Prognosis: The Cardinals will be at home against the Pirates in their NLDS series finale, but I like the feisty Pirates to advance and give L.A. all they can handle in the NLCS.
Unfortunately, they could very well face nearly unhittable southpaw Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83 ERA) at least two times and possibly three and that’s not a very good thing at all, seeing as how Kershaw shut down the Braves twice in four games.
The gifted left-hander allowed just three runs (one earned) in 13.0 innings against Atlanta and there’s no reason to believe he won’t do the same against either the Pirates or Cards.
It should be noted however, that the Dodgers are just 4-6 in Kershaw’s last 10 starts against the Cardinals, losing both outings this season as the southpaw allowed six earned runs over 13.0 total innings. The Dodgers have compiled a respectable 5-3 record in Kershaw’s eight career starts against Pittsburgh, though they did win both of his starts against the Bucs this season with the lefty allowing just one earned run over 14.0 total innings.
Analysis: Led by Kershaw and a group of talented hitters, none mores o than Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers have to be the pick to advance to the 2013 World Series – and that’s saying something, seeing as how I’d really love to see the Pirates in the World Series for the first time since I was a young teenager.
Here is the schedule for the upcoming NLCS.
National League Championship Series Schedule
Fri., Oct. 11: NLCS Game 1 (TBS)
Sat., Oct. 12: NLCS Game 2 (TBS)
Mon., Oct. 14: NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
Tues., Oct. 15: NLCS Game 4 (TBS)
Wed., Oct. 16: NLCS Game 5* (TBS)
Fri., Oct. 18: NLCS Game 6* (TBS)
Sat., Oct. 19: NLCS Game 7* (TBS)