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NL East Odds 2021: Braves Pulling Away From The Pack

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

As we continue through the latter half of the 2021 MLB season, the once-tight NL East Division race has suddenly opened up. Oddsmakers currently have the division-leading Atlanta Braves as heavy favorites to close it out with about 35 games remaining.

The Braves, looking to win their fourth straight NL East title, are sitting as -400 favorites at the best baseball betting sites. The Braves finished 35-25 in the shortened 2020 MLB season and returned pretty much the same roster this year.

Following the Braves are the Philadelphia Phillies, whose current odds land at +400. Before the Braves went on this recent run to separate themselves from the pack, the Phillies had a run of their own, surpassing the Mets and Braves to take the division lead. However, they have cooled off and the Braves have been red-hot. Beyond the Braves and Phillies, the NL East odds then take a massive jump with the New York Mets sitting at +1100 and the Washington Nationals at +100000.

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Who Will Win The 2021 National League East Division?

Odds to win the 2021 National League East Division
TeamOdds
Atlanta Braves-400
Philadelphia Phillies+400
New York Mets+1100
Washington Nationals+100000

Odds as of August 26 at Bovada

Atlanta Braves (-400)

After winning the NL East Division for the last three seasons and winning over 60 percent of their games each time, the Braves deserve to be the favorites to win the divisional crown. However, after an injury to superstar outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., it appeared as if the Braves’ playoff hopes were very much in question. That narrative quickly shifted, though, and the Braves offense has somehow improved without the dynamic Acuna.

The key to the Braves’ success is Freddie Freeman. The reigning NL MVP is having an outstanding year, hitting .296 with 27 home runs and 70 RBIs. His supporting cast has also been much improved since the all-star break. Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson all have 70 or more RBIs this season.

Atlanta’s starting pitching got off to a slow start but has improved in the second half. One pitcher who has been outstanding since the break is left-hander Max Fried. The Braves’ most reliable pitcher, however, has been ageless wonder Charlie Morton, who continues to impress. The odds are very high at -400, but the Braves, who are currently five games up on the Phillies, appear to be on their way to their fourth straight NL East crown.

Atlanta Braves 2021 Futures Odds
NL East OddsWorld Series Odds 
-400+1600 

Odds as of August 26 at Bovada

Philadelphia Phillies (+400)

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

The Phillies, who went into the season with the fourth-best odds to win the division, have turned a lot of heads. They opened August down several games to the division-leading New York Mets but vaulted 2.5 games ahead on the heels of eight straight wins to start the month. Since then, however, the Phillies have gone 4-10.

Although their playoff hopes have taken a hit, there are some bright spots that can be taken from this season. It appears former MVP Bryce Harper has rediscovered that form as he is playing at an increasingly high level. Also, the Phillies have a potential Cy Young Award winner in Zack Wheeler.

The Phillies are a streaky team, so if they have any hope of making it to the postseason, they are going to have to get on one of those hot streaks to close the season. They are by no means out of it in the NL East and at +400 the value may be there to take a shot.

Philadelphia Phillies 2021 Futures Odds
NL East OddsWorld Series Odds 
+400+5000 

Odds as of August 26 at Bovada

New York Mets (+1100)

The New York Mets went into the season with high expectations. In fact, they were the slightest of underdogs to win the NL East at +140 (the Braves were +135).

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.

The Mets’ starting rotation has done its job this season, although Jacob deGrom, probably the best pitcher in baseball, has been sidelined by an arm injury since July 7. However, the issue with the Mets over the past couple of years has been their inability to score runs. While the pitching is in the top 10 in most categories, the offense continues to be in the bottom 10 in most hitting metrics.

The Mets are currently seven games back of the Braves and will need to go on a major run to close out the season if they want to give themselves a shot. At +1100, the only hope they have is to cut the lead to a couple of games before their season-ending series with the Braves.

New York Mets 2021 Futures Odds
NL East OddsWorld Series Odds 
+1100+6600 

Odds as of August 26 at Bovada

Washington Nationals (+100000)

Starting pitching was supposed to be the strong suit of this team going into the season. The trio of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin played a significant part in winning a World Series in 2019. But where are they now?

Scherzer is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers since being shipped to Hollywood at the trade deadline. Strasburg has pitched a grand total of 21.2 innings this season and Corbin is 7-12 with a 5.82 ERA.

In terms of hitting, the Nationals are led by MVP candidate Juan Soto, who might be one of the most electric players in all of baseball. He’s had another phenomenal year with a slash line of .300/.442/.503.

Going into the season, the offense was expected to be the downfall of this team. However, the pitching has been nothing short of disappointing. Losing their superstar pitcher and sitting 13.5 games back in the NL East, the rebuilding Nationals currently sit at +100000 to win the division.

Washington Nationals 2021 Futures Odds
NL East OddsWorld Series Odds 
+100000N/A 

Odds as of August 26 at Bovada