The Washington Nationals overcame a slow start and long odds to reach the National League Championship Series and are now the favorites to reach the franchise's first World Series.

The Nationals stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers with a late-inning rally in Wednesday's decisive Game 5 victory to advance to the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals opened as -120 favorites over the Cardinals in the NLCS at Caesars Sportsbook.

Washington was considered a contender entering the season but got off to a disappointing start. The Nationals were 19-31 in late May and were listed as a 70-1 World Series long shot at that point at SugarHouse sportsbooks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They're 7-2 now at SugarHouse.