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5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Dodgers Should Be Favored To Win World Series

5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Dodgers Should Be Favored To Win World Series

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With a few weeks left in the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to finish strong and hold off the San Francisco Giants for their second straight NL West title. While consecutive West titles or just back-to-back postseason appearances is all well and good, L.A. has more ambitious plans this season after they lost the NLCS last fall. Here are five reasons why the Dodgers should be favored to win the Fall Classic this time around.

5. They Should Build Momentum With Strong September

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5. They Should Build Momentum With Strong September

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There’s a lot of baseball left to play, but a hefty 16 of L.A.’s 23 remaining games are against teams with losing records. After a mediocre August, the Dodgers should take advantage of their weak schedule to bring them the No. 1 seed in the NL as well as the West crown. They don’t currently hold the best record in the NL, but don’t be surprised if they finish with it and enter October with lots of momentum and confidence.

4. L.A.'s Dangerous Combination Of Power and Speed

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4. L.A.'s Dangerous Combination Of Power and Speed

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The Dodgers boast one of the most unique lineups because they get a bit of everything and have a rare combo of both power and speed. They have guys who hit for average, guys who steal bases, guys who drive in runs and some just do it all. Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig jump-start the offense. Gordon leads MLB with 58 stolen bases, and Puig gets on base almost 40 percent of the time. Overall it's a potent offense that can score runs in many ways.

3. The Depth Of Their Pitching Staff

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3. The Depth Of Their Pitching Staff

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Similar to their lineup, the Dodgers hold one of the deeper pitching staffs in the league as well, something that’s paramount in the playoffs. Not only do they have notable starting pitchers with playoff experience, but they also have many tough relievers to back them up. Kenley Jansen is among the league leaders with 39 saves, and J.P. Howell has been outstanding all season long as a valuable lefty out of the ‘pen.

2. Clutch Hitting

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2. Clutch Hitting

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It’s crazy how the atmosphere shifts in the playoffs; every pitch is so important and runs are even harder to come by. Timely hitting is vital to any team's playoff hopes. Batting with runners in scoring position will make or break your chances at the World Series. L.A. leads the league with 340 hits WRISP and is second in the NL in batting average in those situations. If they continue their success with runners on base, they have a good shot.

1. Clayton Kershaw

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1. Clayton Kershaw

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It's a team game, but this should be no surprise. By no means is a World Series won by a single player; I also mentioned the pitching depth that L.A. has, but Kershaw’s on a level all his own and is the No. 1 reason the Dodgers should be favored to win it all. If the Dodgers reach the World Series and it happens to span seven games, odds are that Kershaw is pitching three of those games which is why if they win, he will be the main reason for it.