Kershaw hurls, Dodgers WS favorites
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (The Spread) - Clayton Kershaw was excellent in his opening debut for a Dodgers team that remains favored to win the World Series.
Kershaw gave up just one run over 6 2/3 innings Saturday as the Dodgers beat the NL West rivals the Diamondbacks 3-1 at the MLB season opener at Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia. Kershaw allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five to earn his first victory of the season. The lone run scored on an RBI ground out by Mark Trumbo in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Scott Van Slyke also had himself quite an opening night performance as he went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double, and a walk in the victory. He started in left field with Carl Crawford on the paternity leave list and he took full advantage of the opportunity. His double in the second inning just missed going over the fence while his two-run shot in the fourth cut just inside the right field foul pole.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Dodgers are 7/1 favorites to win the 2014 World Series while the Cardinals have the next-best odds at 15/2. The Tigers follow those odds at 9/1, while the Nationals are 11/1 and the Red Sox and Rays are both 12/1, respectively.
The Dodgers are also favored to win the NL West Division at -200 money line odds. The Giants are +350 to win the division, while the Diamondbacks are +700, the Padres are +1000 and the Rockies are +1600.