2019 MLB FUTURES – NL PENNANT BETTING LINES
Looking for 2019 National League Pennant Futures Odds and MLB Betting props today? The National League felt a lot more top-heavy a year ago than it does entering this season. There’s still a handful of elite teams that many will expect to be playing the bulk of games come October, but there are more teams that appear capable of stepping up and grabbing one of those spots, leading to some interesting opportunities for futures bettors with a higher tolerance for risk.
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:
2019 National League Pennant Futures Odds – My Top 3 Teams
Los Angeles Dodgers +400
The Dodgers shipped some very familiar faces to the Cincinnati Reds this offseason in what may have looked like a cost-cutting deal, but this franchise is hardly focused on anything other than another run at the NL pennant.
While other free agents drew more attention, the Dodgers’ addition of A.J. Pollock is a major addition if they’re able to keep the injury-prone Pollock on the field. And on that topic, they really need to start considering shutting down Clayton Kershaw for a period of time so they can have him right by the time October rolls around.
Philadelphia Phillies +450
The Nationals and Braves are certainly still in the hunt, and the Mets shouldn’t be so easily forgotten, but the offseason additions of Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto have placed a target firmly on the backs of the Phillies in the NL East.
The team has a lot of talent, and a lineup that can lineup side by side with any in the league, but the futures board is all about identifying value in areas the general public may be overlooking or neglecting, and with the spotlight firmly planted on the Phillies, there’s just no value in backing the team at their current price.
Chicago Cubs +550
It’s becoming more and more common for pundits to write off the Cubs, but one only needs to take a step back and look at all the talent on the roster to understand just how good this team really is, and how dominant they’re capable of being.
The roster is certainly aging in spots, but there’s still a lot of good, young talent with room to improve. This is a team that’s capable of not only getting back on top of the NL, but being really dominant in doing so. Being coached by Joe Maddon doesn’t hurt, either.
2019 National League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Little Luck
Washington Nationals +700
The Nationals have become the forgotten team in the National League. For years, Washington was a virtual lock to win the AL East, but the departure of Harper has really taken some of the luster off this club.
Nevertheless, the Nationals are still buoyed by a very strong pitching staff, and the emergence of Juan Soto should help ease the pain of the loss of Harper. Couple that with an increased role for rookie of the year candidate Victor Robles, and a bounce back season from Brian Dozier, and the Nationals may be in better shape offensively than they were a year ago.
New York Mets +1000
Starting pitching may appear to be going out of style as teams show a willingness to deploy a litany of relievers across nine innings, but a solid rotation is more important than ever in the game as teams look for those types of solid starters who can eat up innings and smother opposing hitters.
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No team has a top-three group of starters that beats out the Mets’ offering, with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and the emerging Zack Wheeler helping the Mets to a 38-30 record after the All-Star break in 2018. The Mets could step up and catch some of their NL East rivals who have overshadowed them this offseason.
2019 National League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Lot More Luck
- Louis Cardinals +650
- Atlanta Braves +750
- Milwaukee Brewers +1000
- Colorado Rockies +1800
- San Diego Padres +2800
- Cincinnati Reds +4000
- San Francisco Giants +4000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +5000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +15000
- Miami Marlines +50000
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