Dodgers favored to beat Giants in historic NLDS battle originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
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The Giants won 107 regular-season games and were the best in baseball, but they are underdogs in their National League Division Series matchup with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Per PointsBet, the Dodgers will enter the best-of-five series as -160 favorites to advance to the NL Championship Series against the winner of the Atlanta Braves-Milwaukee Brewers series.
That the Dodgers are favored shouldn’t be a surprise. Yes, the Giants won 107 games, but they needed every single one of them to fend off the 106-win Dodgers to win the NL West crown.
Each team enters the historic NLDS matchup missing an important bat. The Giants will be without first baseman Brandon Belt (fractured thumb) while the Dodgers will not have first baseman Max Muncy (dislocated elbow). LA also will be without Clayton Kershaw, who will miss the entire postseason with a forearm injury.
This is the first time the NL West rivals will meet in the playoffs. Game 1 will take place Friday at Oracle Park with Buehler getting the ball for the Dodgers and Logan Webb toeing the rubber for San Francisco.
Source: Yahoo Sports