When’s the last time the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t at the very top of National League pennant odds?
The Dodgers didn’t even win their division last year and they still remained World Series and NL pennant favorites up until they were eliminated. So, as expected, Los Angeles leads the NL odds again this year.
So far in 2022, the Dodgers remain on top of NL odds at online sportsbook BetUS. As +150 favorites, the Dodgers are followed by the New York Mets (+200) and San Diego Padres (+650). Find full National League pennant odds below:
2022 Odds To Win The National League
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+150|
|New York Mets||+200|
|San Diego Padres||+650|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1100|
|San Francisco Giants||+12500|
Odds as of August 12 at BetUS
Los Angeles’ +150 odds to win the National League mean that a $100 bet on the Dodgers would profit you $200. Additionally, our sports betting calculator tells us that the Dodgers’ odds represent an implied win probability of 40.00 percent.
Here’s a look at the odds to win the American League.
Why Is LA Favored In The Odds To Win The National League?
If you look at the Dodgers roster from top to bottom, you can see that on paper, they are in a league of their own. A blistering 106-56 regular-season record and a +269 run differential showed their dominance last year, but they somehow still lost their division to the Giants. Los Angeles won’t be making the same mistake this year.
The Dodgers are once again on pace for over 100 wins and have a 16-game lead in the NL West. Mookie Betts has found a new level, Freddie Freeman has fit right in and the Dodgers have about five or six other MVP candidates up and down the roster and in the rotation. There simply isn’t a flaw on this LA team and betting against them is a big risk.
NL Pennant Odds: Sleeper Picks
If there's one team trying to take down the Dodgers out west, it's the Padres. I'm not sure if they really count as a sleeper, considering they might be the most talked about team in baseball right now, but they are still good NL pennant value.
Adding Juan Soto and Josh Bell to a lineup with Manny Machado and, eventually, a healthy Fernando Tatis Jr. is almost unfair. If the Padres get some top-tier pitching performances from Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, and their other big rotation pieces, watch out.
The National League is setting up to be a wildly competitive circuit, especially the duel in the NL West between the Dodgers and Padres and the odds are incredibly tight in the NL East. So, avoiding those two divisions for a sleeper pick to win the NL pennant leaves me with the NL Central and the Milwaukee Brewers at +2000.
The Brewers are currently a game out of the NL playoff picture, but also only a game back from winning their division. They sold off a bit at the deadline, getting rid of Josh Hader, but this Brewers team should still compete for a spot in October. If they make the playoffs, I like the high-upside pitching of Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta to upset some teams in the postseason.
How To Bet On NL Pennant Odds
When you visit your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see an option to bet on the NL Pennant odds futures, which is a long-term bet on which team will represent the National League in the World Series. You would see odds listed like this:
The lower down the odds board, the less likely the odds deem the team to win, but the bigger payout you get if they do. If you were to bet $100 on the Brewers in these futures and they won the NL, you’d get a payout of $1,600 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $1,500. On the other hand, the same bet amount on the Padres or Dodgers would give you a payout of $475 – you get your $100 back, plus the winnings of $375.
Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.
NL Pennant Odds FAQ
Can you bet on the NL pennant?
Yes, you can absolutely bet on the NL pennant. You can place bets on which team you think is ultimately going to come away as Major League Baseball’s National League champion. You can also make wagers on which baseball team you believe will win the American League pennant.
Who is the favorite to win the NL pennant?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the current betting favorites to win Major League Baseball’s National League pennant. The 2020 World Series champions sit at the top of the list at +150 odds, with the New York Mets and San Diego Padres rounding out the top of the NL pennant odds.
Who won the NL pennant in 2021?
The Atlanta Braves won the National League pennant in 2021, knocking off the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the NLCS. For the Braves, it was a monumental moment after being eliminated by the Dodgers in 2020.
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Odds Shark Staff Sat, Aug 13, 10:14am