The National League divisions have been clinched but there are two wild-card spots up for grabs. Here we discuss the MLB odds and which teams have the best postseason shot.
The MLB oddsmakers no longer have to worry about dealing lines on division winners as those races are all sewn up. The Chicago Cubs blazed their way to the NL Central crown with a league-best 100 wins on the season with six games still left to play. However, the Cubs can still be had in your MLB picks if you want to bet them to win the National League pennant. Currently, they are the odds-on-favorites to enter the World Series as the National League entry at anywhere from +102 at Bookmaker to +125 at BetOnline.
The Washington Nationals have claimed the East while the LA Dodgers staked their claim to the NL West and the two will meet in the divisional series. However, which team will hold home field advantage remains to be seen. As of this writing, the Nats can be found as high as +321 at Bookmaker to win the NL pennant while the Dodgers are being hung at +375 at several of the major offshore sportsbooks including Bovada, Heritage, and 5Dimes.
Wild Card Contenders
The New York Mets are leading the way for a chance to engage in a one-game playoff with their nearest wildcard rivals. Currently, the Mets have 83 wins under their collective belts and are being hung at a robust +1300 at Heritage to win the NL title. After New York, we must look for the second wildcard berth and that is where the fun really begins. As of this writing, the NL West San Francisco Giants and the NL Central St. Louis Cardinals are locked in a death-struggle for the final wildcard berth.
The Giants have a one game edge with 82 versus 81 wins as they battle with the Cardinals for what may be a photo finish with the Mets as the third horse in this three-way race to the wire. San Francisco is being dealt at +1450 at 5Dimes to win the NL title while St. Louis will return the highest odds of all the playoff candidates at a healthy +2000 at 5Dimes again.
For those bettors who believe the World Series winner will hail from the Senior Circuit then you may want to check out the odds on that future prop. Naturally the Cubs are getting the most love from the public and as a result, the oddsmakers are making them the favorite among both NL and AL clubs to win the World Series and break a championship drought that has lasted over 100 years in the Windy City.