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Written by Tamhas Woods
The Dodgers entertain the Orioles in a three part series that spans July 5-7, and it has the potential to be a hugely fascinating affair, with little to separate the sides in terms of their overall win rates. In the NL West, frustration has been a constant theme for the LA Dodgers, and it is only the recently uncompromising form of the San Francisco Giants which has prevented the Dodgers from establishing a prolonged reign at the summit.
Pictured: Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers are about to host the Orioles for the first time in 12 years. Prices for games involving the LA Dodgers can be found at Betfair (Betfair Casino).
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This latest chapter in the Dodgers-Orioles saga is the first since April 2013, when the Dodgers managed to score a consolation win in a 2-1 road series defeat. The Dodgers last hosted a series against the Orioles twelve years ago, claiming a three-game whitewash which bodes well for them, albeit only on a psychological basis.
That Dodgers whitewash over the Orioles was a huge boost to their cause when it came to winning the division and qualifying for the playoffs. The margin of Win % which won the division was just .012 in favor of the Dodgers over none other than San Francisco Giants. By contrast, the Orioles failed to qualify for the playoffs by virtue of a curiously terrible home record, which stood at 38-43.
Twelve years on, the situation has changed significantly for the Orioles, but the signs point at another three-game haul for the Dodgers. Though the Orioles spent much of June 2016 top of their own division, their form was not as consistent as any of the other division leaders in the American League, and they have been heavily reliant on home comforts throughout the current season.
However, weakly as they have travelled so far this season, it is a sign of the Orioles’ unpredictability that road wipeouts are not a frequent occurrence. When wipeouts have occurred, landslide victories in individual games have generally been a rarity, with geographical location having little impact on the Orioles’ margins of defeat.
There is still much to play for in the interim, between now and the arrival of the Orioles in Los Angeles, and this will be reflected in the constant shifting of prices in the coming weeks. It is set to be a close race for victory in the NL West, but for outright victory in the National League, a Dodgers triumph currently ranges between +900 and +1400.