2018 MLB FUTURES – NL PENNANT BETTING LINES
Looking for 2018 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, and other teams throwing in the towel and giving up on this season with an eye toward the future.
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Here’s a look at five teams in the hunt for the No. 1 spot in the N.L. standings this season:
2018 National League Pennant Futures Odds – My Top 3 Teams
Los Angeles Dodgers +220
Even with all the resources possible at their disposal, the Dodgers just haven’t been able to break through and win a World Series. Last season looked like it was going to be their year, but they just couldn’t find that last bit of magic in the World Series to finally capture that title.
Clayton Kershaw certainly exorcized some postseason demons, and the emergence of Cody Bellinger as an elite middle of the order slugger really lends credence to the idea that the Dodgers will become a consistent participant in the fall classic as the years go by, and they certainly have the talent and the resources to do so.
Chicago Cubs +320
Following up 2016’s World Series victory was always going to be a tall order for the Cubs, who won the hearts of an entire city with their long-awaited triumph. 2017 wasn’t all that bad – they qualified for the postseason by winning the N.L. Central, and gave the eventual N.L. champion Dodgers a run for their money in the postseason.
But it certainly felt like a down year for the Cubs and their litany of star players. This is a team poised for a big bounce back in 2018, with so many players having the potential to outperform their 2017 output on a squad with a definite championship pedigree.
Washington Nationals +400
For as long as they continue to roster Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer, the Nationals are going to be a team that will have all of America watching. But this continues to be one of the perennially underachieving teams in baseball that just can’t get over the hump when the postseason begins.
This could be the year the Nationals finally get through, if they can have some breaks go their way. A full, healthy season from Harper and Stephen Strasburg would be a key starting point, while Scherzer is locked and loaded right now coming off back-to-back Cy Young campaigns. The other offensive weapons on the roster make this team a dangerous one, and it seems they may finally have some answers in their bullpen.
2018 National League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Little Luck
Milwaukee Brewers +1500
The Brewers gave the Cubs and the rest of the N.L. Central a real run for their money a year ago, and the team looks to follow up on that momentum in 2018. The N.L. West is loaded again, so a wild card spot may not be in the offering, and that’s why the team added some big guns in the offseason.
The front office went out and acquired outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in the offseason, putting the Brewers in position to continue their high-scoring ways this season. If the pitching holds up, Milwaukee will be a very dangerous team when it matters most.
San Francisco Giants +1500
The Giants had a very disappointing 2017 season after entering the year with playoff aspirations. They did some interesting retooling of their lineup, bringing in some veteran sluggers to their lineup, both of who can still contribute but are on the wrong side of the hill.
Evan Longoria will man the hot corner after so many seasons as a mainstay in Tampa, and Andrew McCutchen looks to rejuvenate his career in San Francisco after many MVP-caliber seasons in Pittsburgh. But the Giants will always be led by their pitching staff, so healthy campaigns from Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto will be most important.
2018 National League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Lot More Luck
- Louis Cardinals +1100
- New York Mets +1500
- Arizona Diamondbacks +1700
- Colorado Rockies +2500
- Philadelphia Phillies +4500
- Pittsburgh Pirates +5500
- Atlanta Braves +10000
- San Diego Padres +12000
- Cincinnati Reds +16000
- Miami Marlins +25000
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