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NL Divisional Playoff Odds and Preview

NL Divisional Playoff Odds and Preview

In the grand scheme of things, only the Los Angeles Dodgers are considered legitimate favorites to win the World Series out of the National League. They’re also the near even money favorites to win the National League with the fast charging Milwaukee Brewers in their rearview mirror. The young Atlanta Braves are nothing more than an afterthought as the franchise gets its first taste of postseason baseball since 2013. The Colorado Rockies won the play-in game this time around; can Bud Black’s squad play the role of spoiler this time around?

ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL LEAGUE

MLB - ODDS TO WIN - 2018 NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT
Atlanta Braves +445 Colorado Rockies +425
Milwaukee Brewers +215 Los Angeles Dodgers +130

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers -215

The Braves entered their 2018 campaign with a 74.5 game season win total a year removed from only winning 72 games to finish third in the NL East standings. They ended up shattering that total this season by winning 90 games to win a division many had them pegged to finish fourth in. They can thank the Mets and Marlins for stinking up the joint, but also themselves for taking the next step forward in once again becoming a force in the National League.

Atlanta got it done this season with solid offense, exceptional defense and above average pitching. The starting rotation doesn’t have any studs littered within it, but Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb grew up right before our eyes with each logging winning overall records. The addition of Kevin Gausman at the trade deadline helped solidify the rotation. Freddie Freeman is the team’s lone All-Star bat, but youngsters Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. look to be the studs of the future.

The Dodgers have been there and done that. They represented the NL in the World Series last season where it ultimately fell to the Houston Astros in seven games. Of the four teams remaining in the NL, Dave Roberts’ squad has the most experience. That’s one of the main reasons why their favored on the odds to win the National League Pennant. Mostly due to injury, LA’s pitching staff is fresh with no starter logging more than 162 innings of work. That’s great news for Dodger fans with the staff ranked No. 2 overall. Manny Machado, Max Muncy and a rejuvenated Matt Kemp make an already impressive offensive lineup that much more formidable.

Los Angeles dominated the 2018 rivalry with the Braves winning five of the seven overall confrontations with the over cashing four times. Atlanta scored an average of just 2.6 runs per game while LA countered with 5.0. The teams last saw one another at the end of July.

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Though the Rockies lost the NL West tiebreaker game to the Dodgers, they went into Wrigley Field the following day and defeated the Cubs 2-1 in front of an extremely disappointed crowd. Colorado pitching held Chicago to just six hits and 1 ER through 13 innings to punch their ticket back into the playoffs. While the pitching staff checks in at No. 20 overall, they’ve got some very underrated arms at their disposal in Jon Gray, German Marquez and Kyle Freeland. It also doesn’t get much better in the backend with Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis. Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story all put forth marvelous regular season campaigns, and they’ll be eager to show their talent in NLDS betting action at BookMaker.eu.

Hats off to the Milwaukee Brewers who learned from last year’s September swoon and saw it all the way through this time around. Craig Counsell has got an extremely confident ball club at his disposal right now after the Brew Crew was able to track the Cubs down and beat them in the NL tiebreaker game to win the NL Central. In winning 96 overall games, the Brewers surpassed their season win total by 10 games. They’ve received a whole lot of love since the readjusted playoff betting lines have been released, and now only sit behind the Dodgers as favorites to win the National League.

Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain proved to be exceptional pickups this past offseason with the duo two of the main reasons why Milwaukee finds itself in its current position. The former is likely to win the NL MVP in batting .326 with 36 HR and 110 RBI. The latter batted .308, stole 30 bases and got on base at nearly the same exact clip as Yelich ( .395 ). Thrown in the huge seasons from Jesus Aguilar and Travis Shaw, and it’s no wonder Milwaukee owns one of the more feared offenses in the league. All Counsell wants from his starting staff is 5-6 innings. From there, he hands it off to Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel. That trio was mostly lights out this MLB betting season; especially Hader!

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Milwaukee held the upper hand over Colorado in the regular season winning five of the seven overall meetings. The matchups were dominated by both pitching staff with the under cashing at a 4-2-1 clip. The Rockies scored an average of 4.4 runs per game, while the Brewers went for 5.7. These teams last crossed paths in early August.