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 02 July
AEI Detroit Tigers 3 - 2 Toronto Blue Jays +128 -133
FT Boston Red Sox 4 - 3 Nationals +167 -179
AEI Atlanta Braves 5 - 3 New York Yankees +185 -200
AEI Tampa Bay Rays 2 - 3 Miami Marlins -130 +122
FT Chicago White Sox 3 - 5 Cincinnati Reds +188 -200
AEI Minnesota Twins 5 - 6 Milwaukee Brewers +108 -118
FT Cleveland Indians 9 - 3 Kansas City Royals -263 +245
FT Giants 2 - 5 Colorado Rockies -104 -105
FT St. Louis Cardinals 6 - 3 Diamondbacks +130 -141
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 1 - 17 Los Angeles Dodgers +199 -213
Tuesday 03 July
FT Detroit Tigers 3 - 5 Chicago Cubs +184 -189
FT Minnesota Twins 0 - 2 Milwaukee Brewers +140 -145
FT Boston Red Sox 11 - 4 Nationals +105 -114
FT Atlanta Braves 5 - 8 New York Yankees +141 -149
FT Baltimore Orioles 2 - 3 Phillies +161 -167
FT New York Mets 6 - 8 Toronto Blue Jays +114 -123
AEI Tampa Bay Rays 9 - 6 Miami Marlins +102 -111
AEI Chicago White Sox 12 - 8 Cincinnati Reds +200 -208
FT Houston Astros 5 - 3 Texas Rangers -169 +165
FT Giants 1 - 8 Colorado Rockies +130 -141
FT Cleveland Indians 6 - 4 Kansas City Royals -161 +150
FT San Diego Padres 2 - 6 Oakland Athletics +119 -128
FT St. Louis Cardinals 2 - 4 Diamondbacks +130 -137
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 3 - 8 Los Angeles Dodgers +229 -244
FT Los Angeles Angels 1 - 4 Seattle Mariners +100 -109
Wednesday 04 July
FT Boston Red Sox 3 - 0 Nationals -133 +129
FT Atlanta Braves 2 - 6 New York Yankees +195 -204
FT Tampa Bay Rays 0 - 3 Miami Marlins -135 +128
FT Detroit Tigers 2 - 5 Chicago Cubs +204 -217
FT Baltimore Orioles 1 - 4 Phillies +192 -200
FT San Diego Padres 2 - 4 Oakland Athletics +157 -164
FT Los Angeles Angels 7 - 4 Seattle Mariners -110 +100
FT Minnesota Twins 2 - 3 Milwaukee Brewers +100 -110
AEI Houston Astros 5 - 4 Texas Rangers -169 +163
FT New York Mets 6 - 3 Toronto Blue Jays +165 -175
FT Chicago White Sox 4 - 7 Cincinnati Reds +165 -175
187' Pittsburgh Pirates 4 - 6 Los Angeles Dodgers +212 -227
FT Giants 0 - 1 Colorado Rockies +120 -127
FT Cleveland Indians 3 - 2 Kansas City Royals -256 +235
66' St. Louis Cardinals 0 - 0 Diamondbacks +101 -110
Thursday 05 July
Miami Marlins 19:05 Nationals +160 -167
Texas Rangers 19:10 Detroit Tigers +100 -105
Atlanta Braves 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Baltimore Orioles 20:10 Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox 20:10 Houston Astros +245 -256
San Diego Padres 21:40 Diamondbacks +134 -139
Los Angeles Angels 22:10 Seattle Mariners -102 -108
St. Louis Cardinals 22:15 Giants +122 -127
Friday 06 July
Cincinnati Reds 14:20 Chicago Cubs
Phillies 19:05 Pittsburgh Pirates
Miami Marlins 19:05 Nationals
New York Yankees 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays 19:10 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 19:10 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 19:10 Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Baltimore Orioles 20:10 Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox 20:10 Houston Astros
Boston Red Sox 20:15 Kansas City Royals
San Diego Padres 21:40 Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 22:07 Los Angeles Angels
Colorado Rockies 22:10 Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals 22:15 Giants
Saturday 07 July
Baltimore Orioles 14:10 Minnesota Twins
Cincinnati Reds 14:20 Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals 16:05 Giants
Phillies 16:05 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Yankees 16:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 16:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Oakland Athletics 16:10 Cleveland Indians
Tampa Bay Rays 16:10 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 16:10 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers 16:10 Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox 19:15 Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Dodgers 19:15 Los Angeles Angels
Miami Marlins 19:15 Nationals
San Diego Padres 22:10 Diamondbacks
Sunday 08 July
New York Yankees 13:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays 13:10 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 13:10 Detroit Tigers
Oakland Athletics 13:10 Cleveland Indians
Phillies 13:35 Pittsburgh Pirates
Miami Marlins 13:35 Nationals
Atlanta Braves 14:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Baltimore Orioles 14:10 Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox 14:10 Houston Astros
Boston Red Sox 14:15 Kansas City Royals
Cincinnati Reds 14:20 Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals 16:05 Giants
San Diego Padres 16:10 Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers 20:05 Los Angeles Angels

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