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MLB Baseball Betting: Season Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are unquestionably the most improved team in the National League, and will try to turn all of their potential into a successful run here in 2013.

Going off at 9/1 to win the World Series and 4/1 to win the National League at Bovada, the Dodgers were the beneficiaries of a huge salary dump by the Boston Red Sox last season in acquiring Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Beckett in a blockbuster trade. Not shying away from a huge payroll, the Dodgers also re-signed Andre Ethier this offseason and added former Cy Young winner Zach Greinke, highly-touted South Korean superstar pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, and projected closer Brandon League. All of the pieces appear to be in place for an NL West title and beyond.

As impressive as a staff led by Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu looks on paper, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than the Washington Nationals staff led by Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmermann. A 7/2 favorite to win the National League and a 7/1 favorite to win the World Series at Bovada, the Nationals still look like the team to beat in the NL.

As far as value goes, does it get much better than the San Francisco Giants at 12/1? Overlooked every season in favor of more high-powered offenses and big-name pitchers, this group continues to win baseball games and has won two of the last three World Series championships along the way.

Very much like the Dodgers in the NL, the Toronto Blue Jays are far and away the most improved team in the American League. They added Jose Reyes, Joe Buck, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson in a salary dump by the Miami Marlins, and also went out and signed reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Toronto is projected as the team to beat in the AL at 15/4 and is 8/1 to win the World Series at Bovada.

Of course, they may have to get through the defending AL champion Detroit Tigers (8/1 to win the World Series, 17/4 to win the American League) if they want to go all the way. With a pitching staff led by Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Doug Fister and an offense featuring AL MVP Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, there is no shortage of firepower here.