A pair of National League powerhouses will collide in the first series back after the All-Star Game, ushering the second half of the Major League Baseball betting season. With the lion’s share of the year in the rear view mirror, each team’s odds of winning the World Series comes more and more into view. Both the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are above .500 after the first 80-plus games of the regular season, but they’ll have to continue to show that they’re more than just collections of All-Star talent and celebrity. With 15/2 World Series odds
in the futures market, the Nationals are slightly favored over their Dodger opponents (17/2). So far throughout this 2015 campaign we’ve seen Bryce Harper establish himself as a superstar, but the franchise has little to show for his ascent so far. Harper’s 26 home runs and 61 RBI heading into the break have the 22-year-old outfielder’s name on the tips of everyone’s tongues, but any late season success will have to come from the team as a whole. Expect the Dodgers, whose roster boasts All-Star Game starting pitcher Zach Greinke, to come out swinging in the second half of the season. With a 51-39 record straight up, they’ll face a lot of pressure going forward.