How To Bet On National League

With a handful of legitimate contenders to make a World Series run in 2016, the National League has made strides in closing the talent gap between themselves and the American League. Last season the NL featured a variety of talented squads littered throughout. Starting with the best pitching rotation in the MLB, the New York Mets are the favorites to make another trip back to the World Series. Though New York was outmatched by the scrappy Kansas City Royals, the Mets return with their top four pitchers from last year.

 

Best National League Betting Lines

For a breakdown of every NL game being played on a daily basis, check out the betting lines breakout box below which will lay out the favorites for each game throughout the year. 

 

MLB
MLB
playoff - week-4
Match day
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Away Score Home Money Line
Tuesday 24 October
Houston Astros 20:00 Los Angeles Dodgers +153 -161 Odds
Wednesday 25 October
Houston Astros 20:00 Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday 27 October
Los Angeles Dodgers 20:00 Houston Astros
Saturday 28 October
Los Angeles Dodgers 21:00 Houston Astros
Sunday 29 October
Los Angeles Dodgers 20:00 Houston Astros

National League Standings

Finding the winning edge for your wagers throughout the season is not an easy thing to do, but with the standings tool below you can get an idea of how each team stacks up.  [+]

Prior to each bet, make sure to check in with how each team has been playing from week to week to get a better feel on what kind of squad they are and where they rank. 

While typical wins and losses are not the end-all metric for determining a successful team on a daily basis, this tool will be very useful if you keep a regular check on it. 

MLB
MLB
# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395

Online Tips For National League Bettors

The Mets, if they can stay healthy, have a great shot at making another run deep into the postseason. Opposite the Mets in the NL East are the Washington Nationals, led by baseball’s most exciting player — outfielder Bryce Harper. The 2015 NL MVP, Harper had his finest season to date but the Nationals finished with a sub-par 83-79 record.

The Nats made one significant addition in the offseason by signing New York standout Daniel Murphy. The battle in the NL East will be between the Mets and Nats, who have set themselves apart from the remaining three teams. 

The most closely-contested division in baseball this year will be the NL Central. Featuring three teams that finished with 95-plus wins apiece (only one other team in baseball had that many wins), the Central was the finest division in baseball in 2015. The Cardinals had the best record in baseball last year, 100-62, but we fancy the Chicago Cubs to emerge as NL champs. The Cubs have put together their best team since their last NLCS run in 2013 and have possibly assembled a squad that could bring the franchise a World Series title for the first time in over 100 years. 

The Phillies have bucked the odds and notched the MLB’s second-best record through mid-May. It is definitely worth noting that the team with the worst record in 2015 is having the best turnaround season. Another team to watch out for is the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The D-Backs feature the biggest free agent of the 2015 offseason in pitcher Zack Greinke and one of the NL’s best sluggers in infielder Paul Goldschmidt. 

As far as predicting division winners and playoff teams go, the NL will feature some competitive matchups down the line in each division. If you are looking for a World Series winner to emerge out of the NL, you can we bank on the Chicago Cubs. Fortune favors the brave and we’re sticking with our pick. 

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