Midseason NL Predictions
July 6, 2018
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The All-Star Break is now only about a week away, after which we will see free agency moves really start to kick into high gear. This is all a sign that the second half of the season is underway, and what a season it has been to this point.
While the divisions in the AL are pretty much playing out as we expected, the same cannot be said for the National League. There are some definite surprise teams rising to the occasion, although the second half of the season is very often where we see those dark horse teams begin to come back to the pack. Very often, it is the decision to spend in free agency or stand pat that plays a major role in how things play out.
Let’s take a look ahead at the second half of the season in the National League, review the future betting odds currently listed at YouWager.eu and start making some predictions as we go.
2018 National League Pennant: Odds to Win
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS +500
ATLANTA BRAVES +450
CHICAGO CUBS +300
CINCINNATI REDS +60000
COLORADO ROCKIES +1600
LOS ANGELES DODGERS +380
MIAMI MARLINS +50000
MILWAUKEE BREWERS +380
NEW YORK METS +25000
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES +650
PITTSBURGH PIRATES +12000
SAN DIEGO PADRES +80000
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS +1600
ST LOUIS CARDINALS +1300
WASHINGTON NATIONALS +750
NL Division Winners
2018 NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST DIVISION - TO WIN
ATLANTA BRAVES +110
MIAMI MARLINS +60000
NEW YORK METS +50000
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES +150
WASHINGTON NATIONALS +160
2018 NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION - TO WIN
CHICAGO CUBS -250
CINCINNATI REDS +80000
MILWAUKEE BREWERS +120
PITTSBURGH PIRATES +6500
ST LOUIS CARDINALS +1100
2018 NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST DIVISION - TO WIN
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS +160
COLORADO ROCKIES +750
LOS ANGELES DODGERS -190
SAN DIEGO PADRES +20000
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS +750
The NL East s perhaps the most surprising division of the lot. This was supposed to be a rather simple walk in the park for the Washington Nationals, but things have not gone to plan, and they are now sitting in 3rd, a hefty 6 games out of the lead. It is the young Atlanta Braves who are holding top spot at the moment, a game up on the Phillies. The Braves have been slumping of late, but I think the break will give them an opportunity to recharge and go on to win the division.
The Milwaukee Brewers made a big step forward last season and are currently proving that their strong year was not a fluke. They are a game and a half up on the Chicago Cubs, who have suddenly come to life over the past couple of weeks. I think we are going to see a great race in the second half, with the Cubs taking the division late in the season.
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The LA Dodgers saw their season get off to an absolutely brutal start, but they have clawed their way back to the top and will likely head into the break with the lead in the West. The Arizona Diamondbacks are hot on their heels, while the Rockies and Giants are not that far off the pace. The Dodgers will open up a bigger lead in the second half and hit the playoffs as a division winner.
NL Wild Card
While the Nationals are in disarray right now, I do think they will get their act together in the second half, doing just enough to get into the playoffs via the Wild Card. The Milwaukee Brewers don’t look as they are going to go away, and while I think they will finish behind the Cubs in the Central, I think their finishing record will be more than good enough to get them into the postseason.
NL Playoff Predictions
I think there is a very strong possibility that we will see a repeat of the World Series from last year. The Astros very much look like the team to beat over in the American League, while the Dodgers will eventually reveal themselves as the class of the NL. The Cubs may prove to be the biggest threat here, but I still like LA to move on to the World Series.
7-1 L4 Days, 19-6 Run, 5-0 G-Plays
7-1 Picks, 5-0 Totals, 11-3 G-Plays
6-2 +438 L4 Days, +2,472 TY
9-4 Totals, 7-3 G-Plays, +3,677 TY
4-0 +455 L4, 9-3 +616 L12 Picks
4-1 L5 Guarantees, +1,410 Overall
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6-3 L9, 16-7 Run, +2,347 Overall
8-4 L12, 27-12 +1,484 L39 G-Plays
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