The Los Angeles Dodgers have come a long way in the past year, although where they find themselves now, as the MLB betting favorite, isn’t far off where it all began. In the past 12 months the Dodgers have been all over the place, beginning the 2013 campaign in the NL West division cellar and ending up atop the World Series futures.
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The question that baseball fans have to ask themselves is which club will show up early in the 2014 campaign. Will it be the team that crawled out of the gates just one year prior despite high praise in the preceding offseason or the one that battled valiantly to the top of the NL West last summer and held strong until an eventual NLCS loss?
Yasiel Puig will be back in the lineup hopeful to follow up an electrifying 19-home run rookie season. So too will Clayton Kershaw, the benefactor of a $215 million contract extension after a 2014 season in which he threw 232 strikeouts and posted a 1.83 ERA in 33 appearances.
Is that enough to justify their league leading 13/2 odds of winning the World Series?