Can anyone stop the Dodgers?

March 4, 2024

Dodgermania is running wild in the NL West and the unstoppable force may have somehow

become even more unstoppable. They have the money to take big swings and that’s just what

they did over the offseason. While they were busy spending their money, the Cinderella squad

that is the Arizona Diamondbacks held steady with the team that led them all the way to a World

Series appearance last year. They may be the division’s only hope to leapfrog the Dodgers in

the race for the NL West title.

Los Angeles Dodgers (-400)

There is no argument, the Dodgers are the team to beat in all of MLB. It doesn’t even matter

that Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch for Los Angeles this year, the Dodgers are absolutely stacked.

With players like Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, it’s easy to forget a stud like Teoscar

Hernandez signed with the club this offseason. On the mound they’ll still have Yoshinobu

Yamamoto, James Paxton and Tyler Glasnow in the rotation to complement Obby Miller and

Emmet Sheehan. Not to mention Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin and Dustin

May are all injured and could make their return this summer. They’ve won 10 of the past 11

division titles and finished atop the NL West with a cushion of 16 games. Not only are they

favoured to take the division once again, but they’re expected to be the top team in the league


Arizona Diamondbacks (+650)

Was it all a dream or is this reality for the Arizona Diamondbacks? That’s the question for the

squad heading into the 2024 season. They weren’t expected to even make the playoffs last year

but they willed themselves all the way into the World Series. They have a solid group of

youngsters led by NL rookie of the year Corbin Carroll and catcher Gabriel Moreno. They added

Joc Pederson to their outfield and still have a rotation that includes Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly.

There is little doubt that the Diamondbacks will be good but they’re not fooling anyone into

thinking they can overtake the Dodgers.

San Diego Padres (+800)

San Diego isn’t facing the enormous expectations they were a year ago. In fact, they’re more of

an afterthought if anything. The Padres aren’t even expected to contend for a playoff spot this

year. Their starting rotation has weakened significantly and looks as inexperienced as ever but

that was expected as the team didn’t do much to help themselves over the offseason. While it

looks more like a retool than a rebuild, they still have some big name talent such as Fernando

Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and Manny Machado who can surprise the competition.

Odds to Win the 2024 NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers -400

Arizona Diamondbacks +650

San Diego Padres +800

San Francisco Giants +850

Colorado Rockies +12500

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