The Los Angeles Dodgers have fully entrenched themselves as the favorites to win the NL Pennant. Do the Braves, Cubs, Brewers, or Phillies have any shot against the L.A. Dodgers? Check out updated the 2019 NL Pennant odds and analysis!
2019 MLB NL Pennant Odds and Predictions for Second Half
MLB NL Pennant Odds
- L.A. Dodgers +100
- Atlanta Braves +300
- Chicago Cubs +900
- Milwaukee Brewers +1100
- Philadelphia Phillies +1000
- Louis Cardinals +2200
- Colorado Rockies +3300
- Washington Nationals +1300
- Arizona Diamondbacks +4000
- New York Mets +10000
- San Diego Padres +4000
- Cincinnati Reds +4500
- Pittsburgh Pirates +5000
- San Francisco Giants +100000
- Miami Marlins +200000
Which team among the Dodgers, Braves, and Cubs is the best bet to win the MLB NL Pennant?
The Cubs are struggling to win the NL Central Division. They’re an underlay at the +900 odds. The Dodgers and Braves have both looked great this season.
The Dodgers have a commanding 14 games lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the NL West Division. Los Angeles has mowed through their NL West opponents. No doubt, L.A. wins the division. However, they’re not a lock yet for homefield advantage throughout the NL Playoffs.
Los Angeles is only 4 games ahead of the Braves for that distinction. Still, it’s hard to look past the chalk. Los Angeles has the second ranked starting rotation in baseball. Hyun-Jin Ryu has an incredible 1.78 ERA, 10-2 record, and .93 WHIP. Ryu should win the Cy Young if he keeps this up.
Although led by Ryu the Dodgers starting rotation is formidable, Atlanta might have the better mix of starters and relievers. The Braves rotation ranks twelfth in MLB while the bullpen ranks seventh. Like the Dodgers they’ve got a true ace in Mike Soroka, 2.24 ERA, 10-1 record, and 1.05 WHIP. Atlanta also signed Dallas Kuechel.
Kuechel’s thrown great in his last couple of starts. That gives Atlanta a couple of ace pitchers that can challenge Los Angeles’s ace pitchers, Ryu and Clayton Kershaw, which makes Atlanta the better play to win the pennant.
Which team among the Brewers, Phillies, Nationals, and Cardinals can win the National League?
The Nationals have no bullpen. Washington’s BP ranks twenty-ninth of thirty teams in MLB. The Phillies’ starting rotation ranks nineteenth in MLB. The Brewers’ starting rotation ranks sixteenth while Milwaukee’s bullpen ranks nineteenth.
None of those three teams should challenge the Dodgers or Braves for the National League Pennant. That leaves us with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cards’ starting rotation ranks eighth with a 4.04 ERA. The bullpen ranks eight with a 3.95 ERA. St. Louis only bats .243 as a team, though. If they can find more hitting, they’ll be tough. If they don’t, they won’t overtake the Cubs. However, St. Louis is the best play among the Cardinals, Brewers, Phillies and Nationals.
Is there a big underdog that can take the National League Pennant?
If the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cincinnati Reds somehow make it to playoffs, they could make waves. It’s a longshot for either to make it, but if they do, they might be tough. Cincinnati has the third ranked starting rotation based on ERA. Their pitchers will keep them in playoff games.
Pittsburgh has the fourth best hitting team in Major League Baseball based on batting average. The Pirates hitters will keep them in playoff games. Again, it’s a longshot for either to make the postseason. However, if they pull it off, they could surprise. So, consider backing either or both if you believe Pittsburgh and, or, Cincinnati plays after the regular season.