Predicted NL West finish, based on Vegas odds
This definitely needs to be filed in the “for what it’s worth” category. Odds are based on the number of wagers made on a particular club. The Giants tend to fare well because there are more Giants fans than Diamondbacks fans, and the Giants are still feeding off their 2010 World Series title (although that carry-over didn’t help the Cardinals much, whose odds to repeat are at 25-to-1).
The Giants 16-to-1 odds to win the World Series is surpassed by only one National League club — the Phillies at 11-to-2 — and six teams overall (Phillies 11/2, Angels 13/2, Yankees 13/2, Tigers 8/1, Rangers 10/1 and Red Sox 10/1). The Giants’ 8-to-1 odds to win NL pennant is only surpassed by the Phillies and matched by the Miami Marlins.
So here is the predicted order of finish in the NL West based on odds to win the World Series and NL Pennant
1. San Francisco Giants 16/1 — 8/1
2. Arizona Diamondbacks 25/1 — 12/1
3. Colorado Rockies 35/1 — 16/1
4. Los Angeles Dodgers 40/1 — 20/1
5. San Diego Padres 100/1 — 45/1