Thanks to having their best month of the 2014 season, the Dodgers are once again one of the favorites to win the NL pennant and World Series championship. The Dodgers had a terrific month of June, mirroring their incredible 42-8 run last year that started in the month of June as well.
This time around the Dodgers haven’t gone on any kind of 42-8 run. They still have yet to win more than four consecutive games all season. Yet they continue to play solid Baseball since the beginning of Summer. That started with the beginning of June. There has been no June swoon for the Dodgers, and a great month of June has helped their odds considerably. If you would like to check out the rest of the odds for the other clubs, you can take a look at the odds for all 30 MLB teams via online sportsbook review sites such as SportsBookNation.com. The boys in blue are heating up this summer.
The Dodgers finished the month of June with an 18-10 record, which was good enough for second best in the MLB. The Dodgers used a combination of great starting pitching, improved defense, and some clutch hitting to make up over 9.5 games in the standings. The club is now in first place by a game and a half, thanks to another summer run.
The Boys in Blue led all of Baseball with a June staff ERA of 2.49. Their pitchers held opponents to a .223 batting average against, and the bullpen converted 10 out of 11 save opportunities. The Dodger starters held opponents to two walks or less for 36 consecutive games. The Dodger staff allowed the least amount of walks (54) in all of Baseball during the month of June. This was a far cry from early in the season when the Dodger pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone.
June was just a terrific month for the club. Especially for the Dodger defense. The Dodger gloves committed just six errors in June. The Dodgers used a very patient approach at the plate during June. While the pitchers limited walks, the Dodger hitters used walks to help their offensive attack. The club led MLB in June with 101 walks. Helping them to post a .336 OBP in the month of June.
All this leads to the Dodgers now having a 7-1 chance of winning the World Series. The only club with better odds at winning the World Series are the Tigers at 6-1.
Of course the trades the Dodgers end up making at this summer’s July 31st trade deadline may increase those odds even further. What areas of the club should the Dodgers focus on at the trade deadline? We’ll delve into that in a future article. In the meantime, the Dodgers remain heavy favorites to win the World Series in 2014. If they keep playing good Baseball those odds will likely increase. I like those odds.