Padres Being Disrespected by Odds to Win World Series
The San Diego Padres have been one of the most surprising teams this MLB season, full of youth and excitement they have made their way to the ALDS to take on the No. 1 seeded and World Series favorite Los Angeles Dodgers.
This team was expected to compete for a championship within the next few years, but not right away as they came into the season ranked in the lower half of the league when it came to World series odds. Despite their success, they rank fifth out of eight teams left with +850 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and continue to be underrated.
In fact, the Dodgers are -250 favorites to win this ALDS series and the Padres have +210 odds to pull off the upset, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Only the Miami Marlins post less favorabe odds in the divisonal round.
The Padres have what every well-rounded team needs in order to compete game in and game out. First off, they have a roster full of offensive talent lead by NL MVP candidates Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado.
They rank third in the league with 5.46 runs scored per game and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 with 55 stolen bases. In Game 2 of the Wild Card round, the Padres became the first team to hit five home runs in the sixth inning or later and proved they are never truly out of the game despite what the score may be.
On the other hand, the Padres are no slouch when it comes to pitching, either. They just advanced to the ALDS by pitching a shutout in a decisive Game 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals using a postseason record nine different pitchers. San Diego found a way to win the series without their two aces Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet available to pitch. If they are able to return for the ALDS series, this team’s pitching only gets better.
As a team that is known for leaving it all out on the field, the San Diego Padres should not be overlooked as a World Series contender. A balanced young team with nothing to lose is something to fear in these MLB playoffs.
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