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Why are Cubs Being Offered at This Price in NL Pennant Futures?

Despite a dismal run to cap off what was on pace to be a record-setting season, the Dodgers still sit firmly atop the odds to win the National League pennant. Last year’s World Series winners, though, will not be going out quietly and they could be the team to back if you’ve lost faith in Dem Bums.

According to the odds, a bet on Chicago could also be a wise move financially. Bovada has them pegged at +350 heading into the playoffs with the division-winning Nationals (+300) and Dodgers (+150) both in front of the defending champs.

It’s more than a little surprising to see the Cubs at that +350 price considering that two months ago – when they were 5.5 games back of the lead in the Central – the sportsbook had them pegged at +333.

Back then, I warned that the Cubs were unbettable at that price and I’m glad I stuck to my guns. They’re – obviously – in a much better position to win a second straight pennant now than they were in July and they’re being offered at a more attractive price.

Winning games at a rapid pace in the stretch run, Chicago appears to have rediscovered the form that led them to their first win at the Fall Classic in 108 years. It’s a tough road in the NL and their first-round opponents are no joke but the Cubs have gotten hot at the right time and they’re primed to make another deep postseason run.

Click here to check out our look at the 2017 American League pennant futures.

2017 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers+150
Washington Nationals+300
Chicago Cubs+350
Arizona Diamondbacks+600
Colorado Rockies+1200

Odds as of October 4 at Bovada

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Although it’s probably the worst few days on the annual sports calendar, the MLB all-star break gives us a chance to catch our breath and take stock of where teams sit with about 70 games left to go in the regular season.

Bovada has done just that with their latest round of odds where they’ve pegged the 61-29 Los Angeles Dodgers as the +240 favorites to represent the National League in the World Series.

Most of the Blue Crew’s success this year has come by virtue of their play at Dodger Stadium where they’ve earned a major league-best 39-11 record. Going into the break, the Dodgers had won 18 of their last 20 contests on home turf, smashing opponents in those W’s with an average margin of victory of 3.5 runs.

An influx of young talent has transformed a perennially competitive yet underachieving club into a World Series favorite but with the expert savvy that exists in the NL West, a lot can change in the coming months.

Behind the faves sit the 52-36 Nationals (+300) and the Cubs (+333), who will go into the Midsummer Classic with a record two games under .500.

The defending champs just haven’t been able to find the remedy for their World Series hangover as yet and the Brewers’ 5.5-game lead in the NL Central is starting to look a little insurmountable. Look for the Cubs to make a splash at the trade deadline but until there’s a clear path to the playoffs for Joe Maddon’s group, the North Siders are basically unbettable at the price they’re being offered.

Value seekers will still find plenty of interest in the D-backs and Rockies, however, as they’ve been slotted at +600 and +1000 respectively. Both clubs have the talent to win a pennant but the Snakes are legit contenders. Their starting pitching staff was second only to the Dodgers’ in the first half and they scored more runs at home than any other team.

The NL West is far and away the best division in baseball right now with three teams within its ranks in a playoff spot and the race for its crown will be a fun one to watch down the stretch as the Dodgers, D-backs and Rockies all jockey for position.

Click here to check out our look at the 2017 American League pennant futures.

2017 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Los Angeles Dodgers+240
Washington Nationals+300
Chicago Cubs+333
Arizona Diamondbacks+600
Colorado Rockies+1000
Milwaukee Brewers+1200
St. Louis Cardinals+2500
New York Mets+4000
Pittsburgh Pirates+4000
Atlanta Braves+7500
Miami Marlins+15000
Cincinnati Reds+20000

Odds as of July 10, 2017 at Bovada

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I needed to double, triple, quadruple and even quintuple check when I saw the odds to win the National League pennant in late June. The Chicago Cubs, who sit just two games above .500 and in second place in the NL Central, are in a three-way tie at the top of the oddsboard with the Nationals and Dodgers at +275. Meanwhile, the NL-leading Colorado Rockies are offering the best value in futures betting I’ve seen all season at +600, while the Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t far off at +800.

­Yes, the Rockies are a surprise this season. That narrative has been beaten to death already, so let’s get it out of the way and focus on why they’re so good — an elite offense combined with a top 10 starting rotation and a bullpen that rarely coughs up a lead. Their hitters are giving opposing pitching staffs night terrors and they’ve gotten better each month, posting an OPS of .750 in April, .767 in May and .847 so far in June. Combine that with a starting rotation that has the seventh-best ERA in the league and a closer in Greg Holland who leads the league in saves with 25, and we have ourselves a team that’s being seriously undervalued.

Another sign that the Rox should be taken seriously is their record within the NL West — maybe the best division in baseball. They have a winning record vs each divisional opponent and have gone 25-11 in divisional games. Keeping a similar pace throughout the remainder of the regular season should ensure a division crown and possibly the top seed in the National League.

As for the D-backs, who sit just two games back of the Rockies, they’d qualify for the second wild-card spot if the season ended today, and similar to the Rockies, they’re only getting better as the season progresses. Home-field advantage has been a big part of their success so far as they’re the only remaining MLB team without double digits in the loss column at home. After being a bust on the road for the first chunk of the season, they’ve put those troubles behind them, going 8-4 in their last 12 road games, bringing their road record to .500.

Given the potential and value both Colorado and Arizona are offering, along with the Cubs clearly not being the same team they were last year AND the Dodgers’ and Nationals’ track records of not being able to get over the hump in the playoffs, National League pennant futures offers two great bargains for bettors.

Click here to check out our look at the 2017 American League pennant futures.

2017 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+275
Washington Nationals+275
Los Angeles Dodgers+275
Colorado Rockies+600
Arizona Diamondbacks+800
St. Louis Cardinals+1800
New York Mets+2200
Milwaukee Brewers+2800
Pittsburgh Pirates+3300
San Francisco Giants+10000
Miami Marlins+10000
Cincinnati Reds+10000
Atlanta Braves+20000
Philadelphia Phillies+50000
San Diego Padres+50000

Odds as of June 21, 2017 at Bovada

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Just a season after winning their first National League pennant since 1945 and their first World Series in 107 seasons, the Chicago Cubs are massive favorites to repeat as NL champs and with the amount of young, generational talent on their roster, that should be a surprise to no one.

Their odds to hang another NL banner at Wrigley opened at +175 at online shop Bovada and considering they had +160 odds to take last year’s pennant in August when they were 64-41, you’re probably better off taking the “wait and see” method with the Cubs.

That being said, Chicago has the best team in baseball and in all likelihood, we’ll be seeing the Cubs back in the big series this October. If you do want to lay some coin down on the curse-rid Cubs, your best strategy is to be patient and strike when they go on a losing streak or open the season with a few losses. Keep in mind, their odds didn’t change much throughout the season last year so even if they begin the 2017 campaign on fire, you’ll still be able to get them for around the same price.

Beyond the Cubbies, we have teams like the Washington Nationals (+500), the Los Angeles Dodgers (+500), the San Francisco Giants (+600) and the New York Mets (+800), who all have the players to potentially compete with the reigning champions.

The Nats are coming off a 95-win season which saw them choke away a 2-1 lead in their NLDS against the Dodgers. This was a disappointing ending to an extremely promising year but as was evident by the development of players like Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner, the future is bright in the nation’s capital. In terms of talent, Washington has the best chance to knock off the Cubs but could be handicapped by Dusty Baker’s diminishing ability to manage the late stages of a playoff baseball game.

If you’re looking to make a preseason value bet, a case can be made for both the Pittsburgh Pirates at +2000 and the Colorado Rockies at +2200. The Bucs pitching staff, which now features Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole, is starting to resemble the one that saw Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard all rise to prominence for the Mets in their last NL pennant-winning season. Their position players are just as talented, if not more talented, than those who filled that 2015 Mets roster and, come September, this Pirates team should be in contention.

As for the Rockies, they’re being overlooked. The hitting prowess of this mile-high team has been talked about ad nauseam but it’s their pitching staff that’s underrated. Jon Gray has the potential to be a legitimate MLB ace and Tyler Chatwood is no slouch. The 27-year-old righty posted an 8-1 record and 1.69 ERA away from Coors Field last season and if he can figure out how to keep the ball on the right side of the fence at home, the Rockies will have a deadly one-two punch at the top of their rotation.

Click here to check out our look at the 2017 American League pennant futures.

2017 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+175
Washington Nationals+500
Los Angeles Dodgers+500
San Francisco Giants+600
New York Mets+800
St. Louis Cardinals+1100
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
Colorado Rockies+2200
Miami Marlins+3300
Atlanta Braves+4000
Arizona Diamondbacks+5000
Cincinnati Reds+6600
Milwaukee Brewers+6600
Philadelphia Phillies+6600
San Diego Padres+6600

Odds as of March 30, 2017 at Bovada

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Click here to check out our look at the 2016 American League Pennant futures.

The Cubs' odds to win the NL pennant and the World Series were bolstered recently by a trade deadline acquisition that gave them one of the best late-game relief tandems in the majors. Although they are not significantly outperforming any of the other division leaders, the money keeps pouring in from the public and their odds to win the Pennant are now set at +160.

Bovada had them at +170 at the time of our last update and barring a total collapse down the stretch I can only see that line moving in one direction and it’s not the one that makes you more money.

The Mets had the most significant movement of teams in the top six dropping from +800 to +1400. I think there is some value here after the Mets added some serious pop to their lineup in Jay Bruce. The Mets were in an eerily similar situation last year and were 54-50 as of August 1 (54-51 this year). They added Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline to give their lineup a power boost and went on to win the NL Pennant after a 36-22 run leading into the playoffs.

Washington’s odds improved from +400 to +300 after adding Mark Melancon to the bullpen to serve as the Nats’ closer in lieu of Jonathan Papelbon’s utter collapse. The Nationals have been making baseball fun again and it seems their bats have woken up. They will be a tough team to beat in the playoffs with that lineup clicking and guys like Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer on the starting bump. Washington is still my favorite bet on the board.

The Rockies have climbed the ladder and have improved their odds threefold from +15000 to +5000 after a nice run post all-star break that has seen them get back to .500. The Rockies stood pat at the deadline and will be a long shot to make the playoffs competing against teams like the Dodgers, the Mets and the Marlins for one of the two wild-card spots.

It’s an even number year and if you believe in trends it may pay off to bet on the Giants at +300 to win the Pennant or +650 to win the World Series. San Francisco has won the last three MLB championships that have fallen on even number years (2010, 2012, 2014).

2016 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+160
San Francisco Giants+300
Washington Nationals+300
Los Angeles Dodgers+800
New York Mets+1400
Miami Marlins+1400
St. Louis Cardinals+1600
Pittsburgh Pirates+3300
Colorado Rockies+5000
Philadelphia Phillies+25000
Milwaukee Brewers+25000
San Diego Padres+50000

Odds as of August 2 at Bovada

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Click here to check out our look at the 2016 American League Pennant futures.

The Chicago Cubs – and their backers – are starting to realize just how long the baseball season is. The North Siders lost eight of 10 games heading into the all-star break and have been overtaken by the Giants for the best record in Major League Baseball yet oddly enough, their NL Pennant odds have improved.

Bovada has moved their line from +180 to +170 since our last update. The Cubs are always heavily backed by the public and this is most likely why they are still such big favorites. The other top four teams haven’t moved position either with their odds changing only slightly.

Washington at +400 is my favorite bet on the board. They have looked like one of the most well-rounded teams in baseball and have really underachieved at the plate. The Nats are currently 13th in runs scored, but with the likes of Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, and Daniel Murphy in the batting order and rookie sensation Trea Turner waiting in the wings, expect that ranking to go up.

The Dodgers also offer some value at +850. They currently sit 2.5 games up in the wild-card race and have been one of the hottest teams in the league of late. Be wary though, the Hollywood hackers have not had much playoff success in recent years and have not won the NL Pennant since 1988. They have lost in the NL Championship Series the last three times they made it there, with the Dodgers’ last NLCS loss coming in 2013.

The list gets a little sketchy after LAD as the playoff-bound teams are starting to separate from the pack.

2016 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+170
San Francisco Giants+275
Washington Nationals+400
New York Mets+800
Los Angeles Dodgers+850
St. Louis Cardinals+1400
Miami Marlins+2000
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
Arizona Diamondbacks+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000
Philadelphia Phillies+20000
San Diego Padres+25000
Milwaukee Brewers+25000
Cincinnati Reds+75000
Atlanta Braves+75000

Odds as of June 3 at Bovada

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A few months into the MLB season, and the Chicago Cubs are exactly who we thought they were. Their league-best record has only improved their odds to capture the National League Pennant, but with the Cubbies taking over the baseball world, there’s a real opportunity to cash in on some of the NL’s other top contenders.

The Cubs’ +180 price tag to win the NL Pennant doesn’t offer much value as the MLB playoffs have proven to be a crapshoot. Last month I wrote about how only six teams over the last 30 years with MLB’s top regular season record went on to win the World Series, so you might be better off using your futures dollars elsewhere.

Instead of betting the Cubs to win the pennant, the Giants at +375 are much more appealing. They have just three less wins than Chicago and a postseason pedigree that doesn’t exist yet in Chicago’s north side. After a weak April where they went 12-13, San Fran rebounded in May to go an NL-best 21-8 — trumping the Cubs’ 18-10 May record, by the way.

A little further down the list is last year’s NL Pennant winner, the New York Mets, at +600. The Mets haven’t quite played to their ability yet, but if the season ended today, they’d land a Wild Card spot. The Mets could be the scariest team in baseball to face in a playoffs series, especially if Matt Harvey can get his act together.

A National League playoff staple who appears to be on the verge of being written off by oddsmakers is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards are in the middle of the odds list at +1600, down from +1000 odds a month ago. At 28-26, they’re third in the NL Central and a game and a half out of a Wild Card spot. This is a team that’s a season removed from an MLB-best 100 wins, and at their current price, they might offer the best value on the board.

2016 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+180
San Francisco Giants+375
Washington Nationals+500
New York Mets+600
Los Angeles Dodgers+750
Pittsburgh Pirates+1400
St. Louis Cardinals+1600
Colorado Rockies+2800
Miami Marlins+2800
Arizona Diamondbacks+3300
Philadelphia Phillies+4000
San Diego Padres+20000
Milwaukee Brewers+25000
Cincinnati Reds+50000
Atlanta Braves+50000

Odds as of June 3 at Bovada

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Click here to check out our look at the 2016 American League Pennant futures.

There are a few clubs across the Major League Baseball landscape that have gotten out to insanely-hot starts. The Washington Nationals and New York Mets are dominating over in the National League East with 19-8 and 17-9 records respectively. In the American League, the Chicago White Sox (19-9), Boston Red Sox (16-11) and Seattle Mariners (16-11) have each raced to division leads. But those teams have nothing on the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubbies have controlled the National League Central from the outset and enter Thursday’s action with a 20-6 record. They are already a whopping six-games up on the Pittsburgh Pirates and seven up on the St. Louis Cardinals in what is normally one of baseball’s most competitive divisions.

The Cubs have scored the most runs in all of baseball (159) and are second in OBP (.364) and fourth in OPS (.789). Making matters worse for the rest of the league is the pitching staff. The Cubbies boast an MLB-best 2.32 ERA and 60 earned runs. So good is the starting rotation plus offense that the Cubbies, they of the 20 wins, have just four saves on the season. That is third-worst in the major leagues.

The roster boasts stars all over the place so it’s tough to pick just one player when discussing the Cubs and their blazing-hot start. You can talk about Anthony Rizzo’s nine homers and 28 RBI, or Dexter Fowler’s .348 batting average. Maybe Jon Lester’s 38 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. While all of those players have been great, nobody is touching what Jake Arrieta is doing.

The big righty has gone 6-0 in six starts so far and boasts a microscopic ERA of 0.84 and a Hubble telescopic 0.74 WHIP. Many thought Arrieta would be hard pressed to replicate his stellar 2015 season, but he’s off to a flying start and could be even better this season. That's a scary thought for the rest of the league.

The baseball season is a long one and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. There is plenty of baseball left to be played, but the Cubs are so good, so balanced, that the National League pennant may very well be a foregone conclusion on May 5.

Here is a look at what Bovada is offering on the 2016 National League Pennant futures board:

2016 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+200
Washington Nationals+550
New York Mets+550
Los Angeles Dodgers+750
San Francisco Giants+750
St. Louis Cardinals+1000
Pittsburgh Pirates+1000
Arizona Diamondbacks+1400
Miami Marlins+2800
Philadelphia Phillies+3300
Colorado Rockies+3300
San Diego Padres+7500
Cincinnati Reds+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Atlanta Braves+20000

Odds as of May 5 at Bovada

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Baseball pundits were buzzing about the Washington Nationals heading into the 2015 season. They had the pitching, the division looked weak and Bryce Harper was poised to break out in a major way. Sportsbooks were offering the Nats as big favorites to win the National League pennant (3/1) and National League East (1/3).

Well, the pitching was good, the division was mediocre at best and Bryce Harper did put up the season that many hoped for. Still, that wasn’t enough as the Nats won just 83 games and the New York Mets ran away with the division crown.

Fast forward to 2016 and it's the Chicago Cubs who are big favorites for everything in the Senior Circuit and while it’s an exciting time for the franchise, perhaps it’s best to consider a team further down the futures board.

The Arizona Diamondbacks could very well be the team that emerges from the middle of the pack of the futures board much like the Mets were last year. The Mets were 14/1 at online shop Bovada entering last season and that’s where the D-backs are with Opening Day finally upon us.

We all know about the acquisitions of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller and those moves instantly transformed the pitching staff from “after thought” to “heavyweight” but the lineup features two players that are legit stars and MVP candidates and will be a big reason your D-backs futures wager will cash.

When you can boast Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock in the meat of your lineup, you’re already off to a great start. The pair finished third and fifth respectively in NL batting average and hit a combined 55 homers and drove in a combined 186 runs. Wellington Castillo, Yasmany Tomas, Jean Segura and David Peralta are the other names peppered throughout a lineup that looks like it has great value to compete for the the National League West and National League Pennant in 2016.

Arizona was 13 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West with a 79-83 record. The pitching is better and the lineup is still young and growing. The potential to shatter that 79 win total from last season is real.

Sure, the Cubbies look great on paper and will only improve following a playoff appearance in 2015., but there is always value further down the board and the Diamondbacks could very well be one of those teams that rises to the occasion and produces a nice pay day come October.

Here is a look at what Bovada is offering on the 2016 National League Pennant futures board:

2016 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+225
San Francisco Giants+550
Los Angeles Dodgers+550
New York Mets+550
Washington Nationals+700
Pittsburgh Pirates+1000
St. Louis Cardinals+1100
Arizona Diamondbacks+1400
Miami Marlins+2500
Cincinnati Reds+5000
San Diego Padres+5000
Milwaukee Brewers+6600
Atlanta Braves+6600
Colorado Rockies+6600
Philadelphia Phillies+6600

Odds as of April 1 at Bovada

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While the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox are co-faves (for now) over in the American League, the Chicago Cubs sit alone at the top of the futures board for the National League.

The Cubbies, chock full of young talent and fresh off an appearance in the NLCS, added Ben Zobrist to play 2B and Jason Heyward to patrol CF to an already-loaded lineup in 2016. Throw in a rotation that features Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester in the front end and the Cubs probably boast the most talented roster across MLB let alone the Senior Circuit.

If you believe in off-the-wall stats, maybe the San Francisco Giants are your pick at +550. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, so, with this being an even-numbered year, it stands to reason that 2016 is their year, right?

Kookiness aside, the Giants are second on the futures board at Bovada for a reason. The infield of Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Mike Duffy is one of the best in the game and when Madison Bumgarner is the ace of your staff, a staff that also added Johnny Cueto AND Jeff Samardzija mind you, you're going to be a contender. Handling that staff is just the best catcher in the game in Buster Posey, so that “kooky” fact of winning the World Series every other year could very well be in play once again.

Come to think of it, when do the 2018 World Series futures come out?

Here is a look at what Bovada is offering on the 2016 National League Pennant futures board:

2016 National League Pennant Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+225
San Francisco Giants+550
Los Angeles Dodgers+550
New York Mets+550
Washington Nationals+650
Pittsburgh Pirates+1100
St. Louis Cardinals+1100
Arizona Diamondbacks+1400
Miami Marlins+4000
Cincinnati Reds+5000
San Diego Padres+5000
Milwaukee Brewers+6600
Atlanta Braves+6600
Colorado Rockies+6600
Philadelphia Phillies+6600

Odds as of February 19 at Bovada

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With the exception of David Price’s mega-deal with the Boston Red Sox, it’s been National League clubs that have captured most of the headlines this offseason. With pitchers and catchers reporting as soon as February 18 for some teams, let’s take a look at pennant odds in each league and see what teams offer the best value.

American League Pennant Odds

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the American League team that made the biggest splash in free agency is also the team that’s favored to capture the AL pennant. The Red Sox are currently +350 favorites at Sports Interaction to represent the American League in the 2016 World Series. Boston is just a few years removed from their 2013 World Series victory, but they finished dead last in the AL East last season with 78 wins. With no other significant roster moves, will the addition of Price be enough to put the Sox in contention for another World Series run?

Behind Boston is the upstart Houston Astros (+401), powerhouse Toronto Blue Jays (+646), and one of last season’s biggest surprises, the Texas Rangers (+649).

If you’re looking for value in the AL, how about last year’s World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals? KC isn’t getting much respect heading into the new season, listed at +1000, behind five other teams. The Royals saw the departure of Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist this offseason, but as back-to-back AL Pennant winners, they deserve consideration as one of the league’s top contenders.

Odds to Win the American League Pennant
TeamOdds
Boston Red Sox+350
Houston Astros+401
Toronto Blue Jays+646
Texas Rangers+649
New York Yankees+800
Kansas City Royals+1000
Los Angeles Angels+1000
Cleveland Indians+1200
Detroit Tigers+1200
Seattle Mariners+1500
Baltimore Orioles+2500
Chicago White Sox+2500
Minnesota Twins+2500
Tampa Bay Rays+3000
Oakland Athletics+6000

Odds as of January 14 at Sports Interaction

National League Pennant Odds

This offseason in the National League, it’s been a case of anything you can do, I can do better. The Diamondbacks, Giants and Cubs spent big bucks like it was illegal not to. According to Sports Interaction, The Cubs currently stand head and shoulders above the rest as the favorite to capture the NL Pennant at +299. Building upon last season’s NLCS appearance, the Cubs added outfield Jason Heyward, second basemen Ben Zobrist, and starting pitcher John Lackey who will complement their already strong rotation.

The Giants (+400), Dodgers (+500) and Nationals (+500) trail the Cubs in what should be a hyper-competition race.

The best value in the NL might be found in the desert, with the Arizona Diamondbacks at +1000. The Diamondbacks were second to just the Colorado Rockies in the NL last season in runs scored. All they did this offseason was steal Zack Greinke from their division rival and trade for one of the best young arms in the league, Shelby Miller. The D-backs will hope the top of the rotation talent boost combined with one of the league’s best offenses can pave the way to a World Series appearance.

Odds to Win the National League Pennant
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+299
San Francisco Giants+400
Los Angeles Dodgers+500
Washington Nationals+500
New York Mets+650
Pittsburgh Pirates+650
St Louis Cardinals+651
Arizona Diamondbacks+1000
San Diego Padres+5000
Miami Marlins+6000
Milwaukee Brewers+6000
Cincinnati Reds+7500
Colorado Rockies+12000
Atlanta Braves+15000
Philadelphia Phillies+6000

Odds as of January 14 at Sports Interaction

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When it comes to postseason wagering in the MLB, there may be no safer play than the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards have made the NLCS or World Series in each of the past four seasons and when you combine that with their MLB best record they are currently the +210 favorite to win the NL Pennant according to Bovada.

Just two weeks before the playoffs started the Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers were tied at +250 to represent the National League in the World Series, but the Dodgers have since dropped to +290.

In the American League it is a two-team race according to the odds with the Toronto Blue Jays currently +145 and the Kansas City Royals at +200. The next closest team in the AL to the Jays and Royals is the Texas Rangers who are currently +550.

2015 American League Champion

Odds as of October 5 at Bovada

  • Toronto Blue Jays +145
  • Kansas City Royals +200
  • Texas Rangers +550
  • New York Yankees +700
  • Houston Astros +700
2015 National League Champion

Odds as of October 5 at Bovada

  • St. Louis Cardinals +210
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +290
  • New York Mets +325
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +500
  • Chicago Cubs +500

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets are now listed as co-favorites on the odds to win the National League Pennant at the sportsbooks. All of the above teams are listed at +250 to represent the NL in the Word Series at Bovada.

Both the Dodgers and the Mets have substantial leads within their respective divisions, but the Cardinals will need to hold onto their NL Central lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are currently fourth on the odds to win the NL Pennant at +500.

The odds gap between the top two teams in the AL, the Toronto Blue Jays (+175) and the Kansas City Royals (+210), and the pack continues to widen as they are several games ahead of the rest of the league. Behind those teams there is a logjam with the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers all at +650 to win the AL Pennant.

2015 American League Champion

Odds as of September 16 at Bovada

  • Toronto Blue Jays +175
  • Kansas City Royals +210
  • New York Yankees +650
  • Houston Astros +650
  • Texas Rangers +650
  • Minnesota Twins +2000
  • Los Angeles Angels +2200
  • Cleveland Indians +5000
  • Baltimore Orioles +10000
  • Tampa Bay Rays +15000
  • Chicago White Sox +25000
  • Boston Red Sox +25000
  • Seattle Mariners +25000
2015 National League Champion

Odds as of September 16 at Bovada

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +250
  • St. Louis Cardinals +250
  • New York Mets +250
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +500
  • Chicago Cubs +650
  • San Francisco Giants +4000
  • Washington Nationals +10000

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have slipped on the odds to win the 2015 National League Pennant with the month of August coming to a close, as the online sportsbooks have pushed them behind the St. Louis Cardinals on those updated baseball futures.

At Bovada the Dodgers are now the +400 co-second-favorites on the National League Pennant odds for this season, with the Cardinals a step ahead of them at +275. The New York Mets are also at +400 on those futures, with the Pittsburgh Pirates at +450, the Chicago Cubs at +550, and the San Francisco Giants at +650.

Over in the American League it's the Toronto Blue Jays that have risen to the top of the pennant odds, as they sit at +190 at Bovada. The Kansas City Royals have slipped to second on the AL Pennant odds at +225, with the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at +600, the Texas Rangers at +1200, and the Los Angeles Angels at +1400.

2015 American League Champion

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada

  • Toronto Blue Jays +190
  • Kansas City Royals +225
  • New York Yankees +600
  • Houston Astros +600
  • Texas Rangers +1200
  • Los Angeles Angels +1400
  • Minnesota Twins +2200
  • Baltimore Orioles +2500
  • Tampa Bay Rays +3300
  • Detroit Tigers +6600
  • Chicago White Sox +7500
  • Cleveland Indians +7500
  • Boston Red Sox +15000
  • Seattle Mariners +15000
  • Oakland Athletics +40000
2015 National League Champion

Odds as of August 30 at Bovada

  • St. Louis Cardinals +275
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +400
  • New York Mets +400
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +450
  • Chicago Cubs +550
  • San Francisco Giants +650
  • Washington Nationals +1400
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +10000
  • San Diego Padres +12500

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals sit deadlocked atop the odds to win the National League Pennant at the online sportsbooks heading into the month of August, with both of those teams set at a line of +350 on those baseball futures ahead of the +400 Washington Nationals and the +500 San Francisco Giants at Bovada.

Over in the American League it's then the Kansas City Royals that are pegged as the +200 favorites to win the pennant at the sportsbook, with the New York Yankees at +500 and the Los Angeles Angels at +600 on those betting lines at Bovada. The Houston Astros closely follow those leaders at +800 on the updated AL Pennant odds at the sportsbook.

2015 American League Champion

Odds as of August 1 at Bovada

  • Kansas City Royals +200
  • New York Yankees +500
  • Los Angeles Angels +600
  • Houston Astros +800
  • Toronto Blue Jays +1200
  • Baltimore Orioles +1600
  • Detroit Tigers +1600
  • Minnesota Twins +1600
  • Boston Red Sox +2500
  • Chicago White Sox +2500
  • Cleveland Indians +2500
  • Tampa Bay Rays +2500
  • Texas Rangers +3300
  • Oakland Athletics +4000
  • Seattle Mariners +4000
2015 National League Champion

Odds as of August 1 at Bovada

  • Los Angeles Dodgers +350
  • St. Louis Cardinals +350
  • Washington Nationals +400
  • San Francisco Giants +500
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +600
  • Chicago Cubs +700
  • New York Mets +1000
  • San Diego Padres +3300
  • Atlanta Braves +5000
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +7500
  • Cincinnati Reds +12500
  • Colorado Rockies +25000
  • Miami Marlins +25000
  • Milwaukee Brewers +25000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +50000

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Alex Gordon and the Kansas City Royals are the betting favorites on the odds to win the American League Pennant at the online sportsbooks, with the St. Louis Cardinals pegged as the favorites on the updated National League Pennant odds.

At Bovada the Royals sit as the 15/4 favorites on the AL Pennant odds, with the Tigers and the Astros both at 15/2 on those baseball betting futures. The Cardinals are the 7/2 NL Pennant odds favorites, with the Nationals at 15/4 and the Dodgers at 4/1.

2015 American League Champion

Odds as of July 1 at Bovada

  • Kansas City Royals 15/4
  • Detroit Tigers 15/2
  • Houston Astros 15/2
  • Baltimore Orioles 10/1
  • New York Yankees 10/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 10/1
  • Boston Red Sox 12/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 12/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 12/1
  • Texas Rangers 12/1
  • Cleveland Indians 16/1
  • Minnesota Twins 16/1
  • Oakland Athletics 25/1
  • Seattle Mariners 25/1
  • Chicago White Sox 28/1
2015 National League Champion

Odds as of July 1 at Bovada

  • St. Louis Cardinals 7/2
  • Washington Nationals 15/4
  • Los Angeles Dodgers 4/1
  • San Francisco Giants 5/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 13/2
  • Chicago Cubs 15/2
  • New York Mets 11/1
  • San Diego Padres 18/1
  • Atlanta Braves 40/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 66/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 75/1
  • Colorado Rockies 75/1
  • Miami Marlins 75/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 400/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies 500/1

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are back atop the odds to win the National League Pennant at the online sportsbooks, while the Kansas City Royals hold down top spot on the odds to win the American League Pennant.

At Bovada the Dodgers are the 15/4 co-favorite on the updated odds to win the NL Pennant along with the Washington Nationals, with those teams just ahead of the 4/1 St. Louis Cardinals. The San Francisco Giants are then a step back of those clubs at odds of 11/2.

Over in the American League it's the Royals that are listed at Bovada as the 7/2 favorites on the odds to win the AL Pennant, with the division-rival Detroit Tigers sitting behind them at 13/2 odds to represent the Junior Circuit in the World Series this season.

The Houston Astros are then at 15/2 on the AL Pennant odds at the sportsbook, with the New York Yankees at 9/1, the Tampa Bay Rays at 11/1, the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers at 12/1, and the Baltimore Orioles among four teams at 14/1.

Odds To Win 2015 AL Pennant at Bovada as of June 20
  • Kansas City Royals 7/2
  • Detroit Tigers 13/2
  • Houston Astros 15/2
  • New York Yankees 9/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 11/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 12/1
  • Texas Rangers 12/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 14/1
  • Cleveland Indians 14/1
  • Minnesota Twins 14/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 14/1
  • Boston Red Sox 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners 18/1
  • Chicago White Sox 22/1
  • Oakland Athletics 33/1
Odds To Win 2015 NL Pennant at Bovada as of June 20
  • Los Angeles Dodgers 15/4
  • Washington Nationals 15/4
  • St. Louis Cardinals 4/1
  • San Francisco Giants 11/2
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 13/2
  • Chicago Cubs 15/2
  • New York Mets 11/1
  • San Diego Padres 16/1
  • Atlanta Braves 40/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 66/1
  • Miami Marlins 66/1
  • Colorado Rockies 75/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 400/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies 500/1

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The Detroit Tigers have taken over as the favorite on the odds to win the AL Pennant at the online sportsbooks in the month of May, with the Los Angeles Dodgers atop that MLB futures list in the National League.

At Bovada the Tigers are sitting as the 3/1 favorites on the odds to win the AL Pennant this season, with the Kansas City Royals second at 5/1 odds, and the Boston Red Sox now tied with the New York Yankees at 7/1 odds. The Houston Astros have shot up to 9/1 odds.

In the National League it's then the Dodgers as the 11/4 favorites to win the pennant, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals at 17/4, and the Washington Nationals at 5/1. The Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets are both holding down 7/1 NL Pennant odds.

Odds To Win 2015 AL Pennant at Bovada as of May 5
  • Detroit Tigers 3/1
  • Kansas City Royals 5/1
  • Boston Red Sox 7/1
  • New York Yankees 7/1
  • Houston Astros 9/1
  • Seattle Mariners 11/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 12/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 12/1
  • Oakland Athletics 14/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 16/1
  • Cleveland Indians 25/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 25/1
  • Chicago White Sox 33/1
  • Minnesota Twins 50/1
  • Texas Rangers 200/1
Odds To Win 2015 NL Pennant at Bovada as of May 5
  • Los Angeles Dodgers 11/4
  • St. Louis Cardinals 17/4
  • Washington Nationals 5/1
  • Chicago Cubs 7/1
  • New York Mets 7/1
  • San Diego Padres 9/1
  • Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1
  • San Francisco Giants 14/1
  • Atlanta Braves 28/1
  • Cincinnati Reds 28/1
  • Colorado Rockies 28/1
  • Miami Marlins 33/1
  • Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1
  • Milwaukee Brewers 100/1
  • Philadelphia Phillies 200/1

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With the 2015 baseball season underway the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals remain the favorites on the odds to win their respective league pennants at the online sportsbooks.

In the American League the Red Sox sit as the 11/2 favorites on the odds to win the pennant at Bovada, followed by the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at 6/1, the Seattle Mariners at 13/2, and the Los Angeles Angels at 17/2. The Cleveland Indians are at 9/1.

Over in the National League the Nationals are then the 7/2 favorites to win the pennant at Bovada, followed by the 4/1 Los Angeles Dodgers, the 5/1 St. Louis Cardinals, and the 8/1 San Diego Padres. The Chicago Cubs are at 17/2 on those updated NL Pennant odds.

Odds to Win 2015 AL Pennant at Bovada as of April 15:

Boston Red Sox 11/2
Detroit Tigers 6/1
Kansas City Royals 6/1
Seattle Mariners 13/2
Los Angeles Angels 17/2
Cleveland Indians 9/1
Baltimore Orioles 10/1
Toronto Blue Jays 10/1
Chicago White Sox 12/1
Oakland Athletics 12/1
New York Yankees 18/1
Tampa Bay Rays 33/1
Houston Astros 40/1
Texas Rangers 50/1
Minnesota Twins 100/1

Odds to Win 2015 NL Pennant at Bovada as of April 15:

Washington Nationals 7/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 4/1
St. Louis Cardinals 5/1
San Diego Padres 8/1
Chicago Cubs 17/2
New York Mets 12/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 12/1
San Francisco Giants 12/1
Cincinnati Reds 20/1
Colorado Rockies 20/1
Atlanta Braves 25/1
Miami Marlins 25/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1
Philadelphia Phillies 150/1

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