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Odds to Win NL East – MLB Futures Betting

nl-east-futuresWhile the season is still young the race that is taking place in the National League East is unbelievably close.  With only 3 ½ games separating the division leading Atlanta Braves and the last place Philadelphia Phillies, we are already seeing drama unfold in the month of May.

The Braves are still the odds on favourites to win the division although they haven’t been able to pad their lead on the second place Washington Nationals as they only lead by 1 ½ games.

The Nats are without star hitting OF Bryce Harper until mid July however they still find themselves in most games.  Thanks in part to dominating pitching from their starting rotation which is headlined by Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman, this team is capable of winning any series against any opponent.  The stellar hitting of second year 3B Anthony Rendon along with Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth helps this team put up a lot of runs in a hurry.

The Miami Marlins are losing ground fast as they MVP like hitting of OF slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been overshadowed by the recent news that their ace SP Jose Hernandez is likely going to require season ending surgery.  They’ve lost four straight games and won’t be in the mix if they lose their franchise SP Hernandez.

The New York Mets have been a bit of a surprise this year due mostly in part to their offensive success.  3B David Wright, OF Curtis Granderson and OF Chris Young are key to the success of the Metropolitans going forward.

The Mets have to avoid the injury bug to their pitching staff that has already seen it’s ace Matt Harvey go down for the season with elbow surgery.

The Phillies are currently in last place, only 3 ½ games back however no team has gotten older faster than they have.  Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have all lost a considerable step, and SP Cole Hamels has not looked himself lately, meaning it’s up to SP Cliff Lee to keep them involved in games.  Problem with that is that Lee only pitches every 5 games and there is nobody to fill in the gaps.

This division will likely come down to the Braves and Nationals as they will both eventually pull away from the pack and battle for the Eastern crown.

William Hill Sportsbook Odds to Win NL East

Washington Nationals (1.80)     Atlanta Braves (2.37)

Miami Marlins (21.00)     New York Mets (21.00)

Philadelphia Phillies (29.00)

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