Friday, June 18, 2010

MLB Betting – National League Pennant

We recently passed the one-third portion of the Major League Baseball season, time to have a look once again at the MLB betting odds to win the National League pennant. When last we checked in, it was the Philadelphia Phillies’ to lose. Well guess what? They’re not even leading their own division. While they remain the favorites long term, this thing is wide open, so let’s check out the Sports Betting MLB odds on the NL title.

The Phillies odds at Sports Betting still have them favored to reach a third straight World Series at 5 to 2. However, there are a variety of contenders nipping on their heels. For starters, the Tony LaRussa-led St. Cardinals odds aren’t too far behind Philly’s odds. The Cards are 3 to 1 to get back to the World Series for the first time since 2006.

But there are a whole host of other viable candidates to come out of the National League. Over in the west, the Los Angeles Dodgers odds closely follow those of the Braves. L.A. is 4 to 1 to make the World Series. Manager Joe Torre has brought a certain level of legitimacy to the Dodgers with baseball betting experts.

Meanwhile, the team leading the Phils in the NL East is the Atlanta Braves. Bobby Cox and the Braves are currently listed at 7 to 2 MLB odds to win the NL pennant.

Next up, how about wagering on the Cincinnati Reds odds to win the NL title? The Reds are 8 to 1 shots to return to the championship since 1990. Cincy is waging a tough NL Central battle with the Cardinals at the moment. The fact that they are significantly trailing the Cardinals in the odds department means bettors aren’t buying into them as a contender just yet.

Looking for a longshot? How about the San Diego Padres? They’ve been in an NL West dog fight all season with the Dodgers. However, Sports Betting has them listed as 18 to 1 shots to win the NL pennant. A $100 MLB betting wager on the Padres gives you terrific value should they come home with the coveted league championship.

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