2017 MLB Futures – NL Pennant Betting Lines
Looking for 2017 National League Pennant Futures Odds and MLB Betting props today? The National League is as top-heavy as ever, with a handful of teams holding a legitimate shot at finding themselves at the top of the standings at the end of the year.
MLB Predictions & Handicapping Insight – NL Pennant
Here’s a look at five teams in the hunt for the No. 1 spot in the N.L. standings this season:
2017 National League Pennant Futures Odds – My Top 3 Teams
Chicago Cubs +180
The Cubs return a roster that’s largely unchanged from the one that won the World Series a year ago. The loss of Dexter Fowler will hurt the team at the top of the lineup, but they’ve been warmed up for that after Fowler’s extended absence from the lineup last season.
Aroldis Chapman is gone, but the team made a masterful trade in sending Jorge Soler, a once much-hyped prospect who’s been a bust in Chicago, to Kansas City for an elite closer in Wade Davis.
A lot will need to break right in order for the Cubs to repeat as World Series champions.
Last year’s victory puts a giant target on their backs, but the pitching is there, the hitting is there, and the defense is there for this team to compete with anyone in the National League for 162 games.
Los Angeles Dodgers +350
Getting over the hump in the postseason has been no small task for the Dodgers, who return largely the same roster from a year ago. Rather than bringing in a high-priced free agent, the team dumped its resources into re-signing key pieces from last year’s team.
While the team’s postseason struggles have been largely critiqued, the Dodgers have so much talent that they’re a threat to win night in and night out over a 162-game schedule.
With such a deep pitching staff that could contain three or four legitimate aces, the Dodgers are going to post a big win total if they can keep those aces off the DL and on the mound.
New York Mets +600
The Mets were a bust last season after making it all the way to the World Series in 2015.
They’ve got the pitching staff to win a lot of games, and that group will enter the season healthy.
Re-signing Yoenis Cespedes was huge.
He’ll pair with Jay Bruce to give the team as much punch in the middle of the lineup as they’ve had in years.
Injuries have been a big thorn in the team’s side in recent years, so they’ll need to avoid those pitfalls if they’re going to remain in the hunt for N.L. supremacy.
2017 National League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Little Luck
San Francisco Giants +600
The Giants saw their even-year World Series streak come to an end last season, but they’ll hope to get an odd-year streak going in 2017.
Their pitching rotation is as deep as any in the league, and Madison Bumgarner has proven to be a true ace, and the man each and every team would like to throw out on the mound in a must-win situation.
The lineup doesn’t have quite the depth beyond the top six or so. Avoiding injuries to those key hitters is going to be more important for the Giants than any other team, as they simply can’t afford to lose any offense.
Any sustained injuries to key hitters will do-in the Giants’ hopes of earning home-field advantage in the N.L.
Washington Nationals +600
The Nationals had a bit of a strange season last year.
It was a definite down year for one of the elite teams in the N.L., but they were able to back into the playoffs on the back of a major slide by the other teams in the N.L. East.
A bounce back from Bryce Harper has to be expected, and Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg provide as good a 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation as any in baseball.
A full season of Anthony Rendon in full health could be what the Nationals needed to get over the top.
2017 National League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Lot More Luck
- St. Louis Cardinals +1500
- Colorado Rockies +3000
- Miami Marlins +5000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +5000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +6000
- Atlanta Braves +6000
- Philadelphia Phillies +6000
- Cincinnati Reds +15000
- Milwaukee Brewers +15000
- San Diego Padres 25000
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