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2020 National League Central Baseball Betting Predictions


NL Central Betting Odds & Forecast

2020 NL Central Division Odds

  • Chicago Cubs 43/20
  • St. Louis Cardinals 11/5
  • Cincinnati Reds 14/5
  • Milwaukee Brewers 3/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 80/1

The St. Louis Cardinals figure to be the Chicago Cubs toughest competition in the NL Central division after the Cardinals won the division and advanced to the NLCS in 2019. The Cincinnati Reds will be competitive with a rotation that looks intimidating on paper, while the Milwaukee Brewers can’t be counted out with Christian Yelich returning to action.

2020 National League Pennant Odds

  • St. Louis Cardinals 9/1
  • Chicago Cubs 11/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 15/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 18/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1

The luster has worn off Chicago, but it feels like the Cubs have some value due to their bats. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant are the core of a lineup that could be the best in the division, and this team should claim the NL Central if the pitching is above average.

The Chicago Cubs missed the playoffs in 2019 as third baseman Kris Bryant looks to lead the North Siders back to the postseason. (AP)

2020 World Series Odds

  • St. Louis Cardinals 20/1
  • Chicago Cubs 25/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 28/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 33/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 100/1

The Cardinals brought back virtually their entire roster from last season, so they could be even better than they were in 2019 as younger players like Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader continue to develop.

2020 NL Central Win Totals Odds

Regular Season Win Percentage Odds
  • Chicago Cubs 53
  • St. Louis Cardinals 53
  • Cincinnati Reds 52.5
  • Milwaukee Brewers 51
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 42

Win Totals Odds

  • St. Louis 88.5
  • Chicago 84.5
  • Cincinnati 83.5
  • Milwaukee 82.5
  • Pittsburgh 72.5

2020 NL Central Playoff Props

  • Chicago Cubs Yes +150 No -180
  • St. Louis Cardinals Yes +120 No -140
  • Cincinnati Reds Yes +150 No -180
  • Milwaukee Brewers Yes +190 No -240
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Yes +800 No -1400

2020 NL Central MVP Contenders

  • Christian Yelich (Milwaukee) 7/1
  • Javier Baez (Chicago) 18/1
  • Kris Bryant (Chicago) 25/1
  • Anthony Rizzo (Chicago) 33/1
  • Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis) 40/1
  • Eugenio Suarez (Cincinnati) 50/1

2020 NL Central Cy Young Contenders

  • Jack Flaherty (St. Louis) 8/1
  • Luis Castillo (Cincinnati) 18/1
  • Yu Darvish (Chicago) 20/1
  • Trevor Bauer (Cincinnati) 22/1
  • Sonny Gray (Cincinnati) 40/1
  • Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee) 50/1

2020 NL Central Rookie of the Year Contenders

  • Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh) 7/1
  • Dylan Carlson (St. Louis) 10/1
  • Nico Hoerner (Chicago) 18/1
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes (Pittsburgh) 25/1

2020 National League Central Predictions

Best Bet & Value on NL Central Division Winner

Best Value: Chicago Cubs (43/20)

Best Bet/Value on National League Pennant Winner

Best Value: Milwaukee Brewers (15/1)

Best Bet/Value for World Series Winner

Best Value: Chicago Cubs (25/1)

Best Bets/Value for NL Central Win Totals

Best Over: Milwaukee

Best Under: Cincinnati

Milwaukee has some upside heading into this season. The Brewers have arguably the best hitter and the best relief pitcher in the game, and Woodruff could become a bonafide ace. The variables are why this team is considered the fourth-best in the NL Central, but the potential makes the Brewers worth a small play.

Best Bets/Value for Yes/No in the 2020 MLB Playoffs

Best Value: Milwaukee - Yes (+190)

Best Bets/Value for Individual Awards

Best Bet MVP: Kris Bryant, Cubs (25/1)

Best Bet Cy Young: Trevor Bauer, Reds (22/1)

Best Bet Rookie of Year: Dylan Carlson, Cardinals (10/1)

Bryant cranked at least 30 home runs for the second time in his career in 2019, posting a .903 OPS, but he has not been great with ducks on the pond.

The Reds are hopeful that Bauer can put together a solid season with free agency looming in the offseason and throw like he did during his All-Star season in 2018. Bauer has been erratic over his career though, alternating great seasons with below average campaigns.

Odds Subject to Change
T&C's Apply, 21+

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