Eric Uribe |  Thu 29/03/2018 - 07:18 EDT

2018 National League Pennant Odds To Win

2018 National League Pennant Odds To Win
The 2018 MLB season is barely underway, but you can already count on a close finish in the NL pennant race! Before you place that futures bet, check out our preview of league teams most likely to end up in the World Series!

Can you believe Thursday is already opening day? If it feels like the first pitch snuck up on you, that’s because it did. March 29 marks MLB’s earliest start date ever — not that we’re complaining! 

A few days ago we previewed the AL pennant picture, now here’s a breakdown of the NL. All betting odds are courtesy of BetOnline!

Los Angeles Dodgers (+275)

The redemption tour starts now for Los Angeles after a heartbreaking defeat to Houston in the Fall Classic that extended its World Series drought to 30 years.

Luckily for the Dodgers, they enter 2018 with arguably the most talented ballclub top-to-bottom. Corey Seager is one of the game’s best young hitters. Kenley Jansen is the league’s most-feared closer. And Clayton Kershaw, well, he’s the best starting pitcher of this generation (except in the playoffs sometimes). 

Aside from top-shelf talent, Los Angeles is loaded with depth. They didn’t miss a beat when Adrian Gonzalez went down a year ago. A broken wrist will keep Justin Turner sidelined to begin this season, and the Dodgers should chug right along for now or whenever the injury bug inevitably bites again during the course of the year.

It’s not a stretch to say the Dodgers don’t have any weaknesses. Yu Darvish — and his awful Game 7 outing versus the Astros — is now Chicago’s problem. If we’re nitpicking, the bullpen could be better, however, newly-added lefty Scott Alexander is looking like the answer. 

More than anything, this feels like Los Angeles last shot to finally win it all. For the first time in four years, the Dodgers don’t have the league’s highest payroll. Kershaw isn’t getting any younger and the 30-year-old can opt out of his contract this coming winter. The window is closing, and you can bet the organization feels it. 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget there was a point last season when the Dodgers were considered one of the best MLB teams of all time (before they lost 16 of 17 games but still won an MLB-best 104 games). For the most part, that club remains intact, and should be more motivated than ever. Without a doubt, Los Angeles is the runaway safe bet here.  

Chicago Cubs (+350)

The “championship hangover” got the best out of Chicago in 2017. However, the “down year” for the Cubbies still resulted in its third consecutive trip to the NLCS. With a replenished roster, the Cubs pose as the biggest thorn in the Dodgers’ side moving forward.

Not only did Chicago lure Darvish away from Los Angeles, clutch relief pitcher Brandon Morrow also followed. Game 7 disaster aside, Darvish finished last season with a 3.86 ERA. Morrow was an even bigger piece for the Dodgers as the bullpen ace before Jansen. Both bolster the Cubbies pitching staff, which proved to be its downfall during its repeat bid. 

It may not have felt like it, but the 2017 Chicago lineup was actually more prolific than its championship counterpart based on runs scored and home runs hit. What’s most scary is no projected starting hitter is over the age of 28 — meaning improvement is expected for years to come.

Here’s a stat to keep in mind: the Cubs played .662 ball following the All-Star break last season. At a full season’s pace, that’s 108 wins. Without the pressures of back-to-back titles and an improved roster, there’s no reason to believe Chicago can’t hit that win total.

Come October, no one will be surprised when the Cubs and Dodgers play in the NLCS for a third straight year. It’s a toss-up on who’ll win the grudge match, but it’s worth putting your money on Chicago. 

Washington Nationals (+350)

We’ll go ahead and admit it, the NL is two-horse race between the Dodgers and Cubs. However, if you want a darkhorse, then the Nationals are your best option.

Harper

Barring a miracle, this will be Bryce Harper’s last go for Washington. The 25-year-old is on the cusp of a $300 million contract — and that’s being conservative — when he hits free agency at year’s end. That check is too high for a middling franchise like the Nats to pay.

But for all we know, an even more monstrous season is in store for the free-agent-to-be, a performance that could drive up his megadeal more. Even after winning the NL East by 20 games, Washington wouldn’t mind being the beneficiary of that. 

Here’s why we’re staying away from the Nationals, though. Dating back to 1969, when the franchise was in Montreal, it’s won one playoff series. One! Since curses are such a huge part of baseball lore, isn’t time to start considering this drought a hex?

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 20 August
FT Atlanta Braves 1 - 0 Pittsburgh Pirates +118 -128
FT Baltimore Orioles 3 - 5 Toronto Blue Jays +158 -169
FT Cleveland Indians 5 - 4 Boston Red Sox +100 -105
FT Kansas City Royals 0 - 1 Tampa Bay Rays +195 -208
AEI Giants 2 - 1 New York Mets -115 +107
FT Chicago White Sox 8 - 5 Minnesota Twins +148 -159
FT Cincinnati Reds 2 - 5 Milwaukee Brewers +209 -227
FT Texas Rangers 0 - 9 Oakland Athletics +182 -192
FT St. Louis Cardinals 5 - 3 Los Angeles Dodgers +185 -200
FT Houston Astros 4 - 7 Seattle Mariners -164 +157
Tuesday 21 August
FT Phillies 4 - 10 Nationals +131 -137
FT Atlanta Braves 6 - 1 Pittsburgh Pirates -120 +113
FT Baltimore Orioles 2 - 8 Toronto Blue Jays +121 -130
FT Giants 3 - 6 New York Mets +107 -115
FT Kansas City Royals 1 - 4 Tampa Bay Rays +248 -270
AEI New York Yankees 2 - 1 Miami Marlins -208 +194
FT Chicago Cubs 1 - 2 Detroit Tigers -196 +183
FT Cleveland Indians 6 - 3 Boston Red Sox +139 -147
FT Minnesota Twins 5 - 2 Chicago White Sox +101 -106
FT Cincinnati Reds 9 - 7 Milwaukee Brewers +183 -196
FT San Diego Padres 4 - 3 Colorado Rockies +150 -152
FT Los Angeles Angels 4 - 5 Diamondbacks +210 -227
FT Texas Rangers 0 - 6 Oakland Athletics +212 -227
FT St. Louis Cardinals 5 - 2 Los Angeles Dodgers +196 -208
FT Houston Astros 3 - 2 Seattle Mariners -135 +125
Wednesday 22 August
FT Baltimore Orioles 0 - 6 Toronto Blue Jays +160 -169
FT Minnesota Twins 3 - 7 Chicago White Sox -101 -108
FT Cincinnati Reds 0 - 4 Milwaukee Brewers +245 -263
FT Texas Rangers 4 - 2 Oakland Athletics +142 -152
FT Houston Astros 10 - 7 Seattle Mariners -147 +140
FT Phillies 7 - 8 Nationals +145 -152
FT Atlanta Braves 2 - 1 Pittsburgh Pirates -108 -101
FT New York Yankees 3 - 9 Miami Marlins -161 +158
FT Kansas City Royals 3 - 6 Tampa Bay Rays +168 -179
FT Cleveland Indians 4 - 10 Boston Red Sox -120 +111
FT Giants 3 - 5 New York Mets +140 -149
FT Chicago Cubs 8 - 2 Detroit Tigers -175 +167
FT San Diego Padres 2 - 6 Colorado Rockies +235 -256
FT Los Angeles Angels 1 - 5 Diamondbacks +190 -204
FT St. Louis Cardinals 3 - 1 Los Angeles Dodgers +168 -175
Thursday 23 August
FT Phillies 2 - 0 Nationals +150 -152
FT Cleveland Indians 0 - 7 Boston Red Sox +185 -196
FT Chicago White Sox 2 - 7 Detroit Tigers +119 -128
FT Giants 3 - 1 New York Mets +139 -147
FT San Diego Padres 3 - 4 Colorado Rockies +185 -196
FT Atlanta Braves 5 - 0 Miami Marlins -175 +175
FT Kansas City Royals 3 - 4 Tampa Bay Rays +160 -167
FT Cincinnati Reds 1 - 7 Chicago Cubs +185 -200
FT Oakland Athletics 4 - 6 Minnesota Twins -167 +162
Friday 24 August
AEI Cincinnati Reds 2 - 3 Chicago Cubs +183 -196
AEI New York Yankees 7 - 5 Baltimore Orioles -179 +168
FT Phillies 2 - 4 Toronto Blue Jays -127 +120
FT Atlanta Braves 0 - 1 Miami Marlins -185 +178
FT Nationals 0 - 3 New York Mets -143 +135
FT Chicago White Sox 6 - 3 Detroit Tigers +128 -137
FT Boston Red Sox 3 - 10 Tampa Bay Rays -116 +106
AEI Oakland Athletics 7 - 1 Minnesota Twins -128 +120
AEI Pittsburgh Pirates 6 - 7 Milwaukee Brewers +118 -122
FT Cleveland Indians 4 - 5 Kansas City Royals -204 +190
FT St. Louis Cardinals 7 - 5 Colorado Rockies -115 +105
FT Seattle Mariners 6 - 3 Diamondbacks +155 -161
FT Houston Astros 9 - 3 Los Angeles Angels -130 +122
FT San Diego Padres 1 - 11 Los Angeles Dodgers +220 -238
AEI Texas Rangers 7 - 6 Giants +158 -167
Saturday 25 August
FT New York Yankees 10 - 3 Baltimore Orioles -244 +230
FT Cincinnati Reds 6 - 10 Chicago Cubs +162 -172
FT Texas Rangers 3 - 5 Giants +136 -145
FT Nationals 0 - 3 New York Mets -103 -105
FT Phillies 6 - 8 Toronto Blue Jays -133 +124
FT Boston Red Sox 1 - 5 Tampa Bay Rays -149 +140
FT Chicago White Sox 6 - 1 Detroit Tigers +108 -115
FT New York Yankees 5 - 1 Baltimore Orioles -189 +179
FT Atlanta Braves 1 - 3 Miami Marlins -167 +160
FT Oakland Athletics 6 - 2 Minnesota Twins -154 +147
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 9 - 1 Milwaukee Brewers +125 -133
FT Cleveland Indians 1 - 7 Kansas City Royals -286 +268
AEI Seattle Mariners 4 - 3 Diamondbacks +141 -152
FT St. Louis Cardinals 1 - 9 Colorado Rockies +148 -154
FT Houston Astros 8 - 3 Los Angeles Angels -200 +188
AEI San Diego Padres 4 - 5 Los Angeles Dodgers +320 -345
Sunday 26 August
FT Phillies 8 - 3 Toronto Blue Jays -112 +105
FT Atlanta Braves 4 - 0 Miami Marlins -179 +169
FT Nationals 15 - 0 New York Mets +100 -108
FT Chicago White Sox 7 - 2 Detroit Tigers -115 +107
FT Boston Red Sox 1 - 9 Tampa Bay Rays +106 -114
FT Oakland Athletics 6 - 2 Minnesota Twins +109 -119
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 4 - 7 Milwaukee Brewers +121 -130
FT Cleveland Indians 12 - 5 Kansas City Royals -227 +208
FT Cincinnati Reds 0 - 9 Chicago Cubs +245 -256
FT St. Louis Cardinals 12 - 3 Colorado Rockies +140 -145
FT Texas Rangers 1 - 3 Giants +142 -152
FT Houston Astros 3 - 1 Los Angeles Angels -122 +114
FT San Diego Padres 3 - 7 Los Angeles Dodgers +194 -208
FT Seattle Mariners 2 - 5 Diamondbacks +157 -164
FT New York Yankees 5 - 3 Baltimore Orioles -270 +248

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