Fernando Tatis Jr.’s Broken Wrist Shifts Betting Odds in NL West
Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images. Pictured: Fernando Tatis Jr.
A fractured wrist will cost Fernando Tatis Jr. a good chunk of his season, and the betting market has shifted odds away from the San Diego Padres and in even more favor of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres announced the injury on Monday, with president of baseball operations A.J. Preller suggesting it could take up to three months to recover. Surgery is on the table but not decided upon just yet.
Before the injury, Tatis was the co-favorite to win NL MVP at +350 odds at PointsBet. He was tied with Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Odds were taken off the board across the market.
Where the market did adjust was in NL West odds.
The Padres were +275 to win the division, trailing the favored Dodgers at -150. After the injury, San Diego dropped slightly to +300. The Dodgers became more of a favorite at -165. Interestingly, the San Francisco Giants saw their odds lengthen as well from +350 to +400.
The Padres were 14-1 to win the World Series at PointsBet prior to the injury news, and those odds have not changed as of this writing.
Tatis entered the offseason as our No. 2-ranked shortstop in fantasy baseball.
The Padres can replace Tatis in the short term with Ha-Seong Kim, who was a big free agent signing last offseason but served as mostly a utility player in 2021. Of course, you can’t count Preller out from any big moves. Carlos Correa and Trevor Story are two major free agent possibilities on the market.
The Giants are the defending champions in the division and started the re-booted offseason by signing Carlos Rodon from the White Sox after the lockout was lifted.
The Dodgers brought back Clayton Kershaw and are in the mix for Freddie Freeman, among others.