How To Bet On National League Central

The NL Central, with three teams making the 2015 postseason, is quite possibly baseball’s most stacked group of teams, especially at the top of the division. The Cardinals won the division in 2015 but didn’t advance as far as the Cubs in the postseason. Also based off of how the 2016 season has started, Chicago might have surpassed St. Louis as Central Division king thanks to their plethora of young stars. Nonetheless, the Cubs still have to prove they can win consistently from year to year. [+]

With multiple collisions between the Bucs, Cubbies and Cards down the line, the future isn’t looking very bright for the remaining two teams in the division: the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds. Both the Brew Crew and the Reds suffered in 2015 and finished with under 70 wins. Though each team brings a star or two into the mix and will contend in some games throughout 2016, don’t expect much out of either except a high draft selection. With three titans waging a battle at the top, Cincy or Milwaukee might both be in for some tough seasons unless they can catch a slew of sweet breaks. 

It’s not out of the question to expect three teams to emerge again in the 2016 playoffs. With Chicago adding slugger Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey, the Cardinals young pitching rotation hitting their stride and the Pirates still featuring one of the best players in baseball — outfielder Andrew McCutchen — expect the Central to be another shootout again in 2016. 

 

 

National League Central Standings

You can easily decipher which team is leading the division and setting the pace for the rest of the squads with the breakout tool below.  [+]

This function will easily lay out all the standings throughout the season so make sure you keep tabs regularly to be on the pulse of the NL Central division race. 

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 Central Bettors

By the end of the 2015 season, three games separated the division-winning Cardinals from the second-place Pirates and third-place Cubs at the top of the NL Central. In the 2016 playoffs, the Cubs reversed that order by defeating Pittsburgh in the one-game Wild Card playoff and then knocked off the Cardinals in the NL Division Series.

Chicago is the odds-on favorite to not only win the NL Central but also the World Series in 2016, so it’s hard not to like what the Cubbies bring to the table other than 100-plus years of bad luck. Even with the curses of Billy Goat, black cats and Steve Bartman, Chicago dominated their NL Central compatriots in 2015 to the tune of a 48-30 record. 

However, one should still be warned that the Cardinals were the only team to end up with a winning record against the Cubs in their division. While both the L.A. Dodgers and lackluster Phillies ended up with a positive record against Chicago, the Cubs dominated the rest of baseball. The battles this year between the Cardinals and Chicago will be close again, but barring some catastrophic injuries, the free-agent additions of two ex-Cardinals by Chicago should push them ahead of St. Louis. 

As far as the remaining teams in the division go, it might be a little more muddled. While Pittsburgh was the second-best team in 2015, they actually had a losing record against every other team in the NL Central. St. Louis, on the other hand, was the only team with a winning record against every team in the regular season. Milwaukee finished in the middle of the pack with a split winning/losing record against the other NL Central squads. 

As is the case with other pages on this website, make sure to use the breakout box below to help you find the best betting fit for you and your wager. 

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