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NL East Odds 2021: Braves Open As Faves With Mets Lurking

Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves are betting favorites in 2021 NL East Odds.

With the 2021 MLB season less than a week away, oddsmakers have wasted no time releasing betting odds for all six divisions and the Atlanta Braves lead the way in 2021 National League East odds.

The Braves, who have won the division for the last three seasons, sit at +135 in odds to win the NL East at the best baseball betting sites. The Braves finished 35-25 in the shortened 2020 MLB season and are returning pretty much the same roster.

Following the Braves are the retooled New York Mets at +140, who went talent shopping in the offseason and bolstered their lineup by adding SS Francisco Lindor and SP Carlos Carrasco from the Indians. The 2021 NL East odds then take a big jump with the Washington Nationals next at +650, followed by the Philadelphia Phillies at +1000 and Miami Marlins at +3000.

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Who Will Win The 2021 National League East Division?

Odds to win the 2021 National League East Division
Atlanta Braves+135
New York Mets+140
Washington Nationals+650
Philadelphia Phillies+1000
Miami Marlins+3000

Odds as of March 26 at Bovada

Atlanta Braves (+135)

After winning the NL East Division for the last three seasons and winning over 60 percent of their games each time, the Atlanta Braves deserve to be the favorites to win the divisional crown. The Braves boast arguably the most balanced batting order in the NL with players who can hit for power at nearly every position. The re-signing of LF Marcell Ozuna to a four-year extension was crucial for the Braves’ staying power in NL East odds as he finished 2020 hitting .338 to go with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs.

As awesome as Ozuna was in 2020, he wasn’t even the best hitter on the team, with 1B Freddie Freeman slugging his way to the National League Most Valuable Player award. The 31-year-old batted .341 and hit 13 home runs, all while battling the after-effects of having had COVID-19.

Atlanta’s starting pitching remains a solid stable of arms. Max Fried and Charlie Morton will hold down the top two spots in the rotation and Mike Soroka returns as a high-end No. 3 for an underrated pitching staff. At +135, the Braves look like a solid bet in NL East odds again in 2021.

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Odds as of March 26 at Bovada

New York Mets (+140)

The New York Mets have been in NL East purgatory for a few seasons as they typically are good enough to compete but haven’t been decent enough to make the postseason or win the division. Well, management made some win-now moves in the offseason that are sure to propel the Mets back into the conversation as NL East contenders.

The big acquisition for the team from Queens was nabbing shortstop Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians to shore up an infield that was in the bottom 10 in MLB in fielding errors in 2020. Aside from Lindor’s defense, his ability to hit for power at the top of the order was desperately needed to provide some cushion for 1B slugger Pete Alonso so opposing pitchers can’t just pitch around him as they did in 2020.

The Mets pitching staff is obviously led by superstar Jacob deGrom, who had another spectacular season in 2020 with an ERA of 2.38 and a WHIP of 0.96. DeGrom has been the victim of a lack of run support during a three-year streak of dominance and the Mets’ move to get Lindor should alleviate some of those issues. If starter Noah “Thor” Syndergaard returns this summer from Tommy John surgery, look out for the Mets in 2021.

New York Mets 2021 Futures Odds
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Odds as of March 26 at Bovada

Washington Nationals (+650)

Starting pitching has long been the bread and butter of the Washington Nationals and having a full 162-game season might be beneficial for a Nats club that was devastated by injuries in 2020. The SP trio of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin was already a solid base to build a team around and Washington decided to get more depth on that front by adding former Chicago Cub Jon Lester in case injuries pop up again in 2021.

From a batting perspective, the Nationals are led by NL MVP candidate Juan Soto, who might be one of the most electric players in all of baseball. Soto was in and out of the lineup in 2020 after contracting COVID-19 and his play suffered even though he still managed 13 home runs and 37 RBIs in 47 games.

Unlike the squad that went on to win the 2019 World Series, the offense for the Nationals may be their downfall because they don’t have as much talent on that front in 2021. That being said, they still have championship players from that team and barring major injuries to their starting rotation, the Nationals should still win at least 90 games, which makes the +650 odds very enticing.

Washington Nationals 2021 Futures Odds
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Odds as of March 26 at Bovada

Philadelphia Phillies (+1000)

Likely the most overhyped team in all of baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies just can’t seem to put it all together on the diamond. On paper, this batting order has a wealth of talent, led by Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins and Andrew McCutchen, but the team somehow only finished 28-32 SU in 2020.

After making a big splash in the 2018 offseason to bolster the batting order, the Phillies are hoping a full 162-game season can showcase a squad that should, in theory, run away with the NL East Division each year.

The Phillies at least have an ace in Aaron Nola who can be a reliable starter every four or five days but after Nola, it gets pretty dicey for starting pitching. The No. 2 for the Phils is Zack Wheeler, who was fairly solid in 11 starts in 2020 but should be in the No. 3 or No. 4 spot for a team hoping to contend for a World Series. This may be the year Philadelphia puts it all together but after three straight third-place finishes in the NL East, if the Phillies can’t make a decent showing in 2021, when will they?

Philadelphia Phillies 2021 Futures Odds
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Odds as of March 26 at Bovada

Miami Marlins (+3000)

After being written off by nearly every baseball analyst and major publication in 2020, the Miami Marlins did something that seemed impossible at the time and made it to the MLB playoffs. Although they shocked the world by finishing with a 31-29 record, it’s difficult to anticipate them replicating that same type of success in 2021, especially given how each team in the division has improved.

The Marlins were able to add some mid-level talent like OF Adam Duvall in the offseason to shore up some of their disadvantages but it may not be enough for a club relying far too heavily on young talent to carry them. At this point, the Marlins might still be another two seasons away before they can fully compete in the NL East.

miami Marlins 2021 Futures Odds
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Odds as of March 26 at Bovada