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Braves’ NL Pennant Odds Improve After Moving into First in NL East

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in MLB Baseball

Jun 13, 2019 · 3:45 PM PDT

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Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves sit atop the NL East. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr).
  • The Atlanta Braves lead the NL East by 1.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies
  • The Braves have won seven straight games
  • Atlanta’s odds of winning the NL Pennant dropped from +850 to +680 over a 10-day span

Is the National League East once again going to be the home of the Braves?

A seven-game winning streak has propelled the defending NL East champions to the top of the division standings, 1.5 games ahead of the injury-riddled Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s also had a significant impact on their NL Pennant odds. Atlanta’s odds to win the Pennant improved from +850 on June 3rd to +680 on June 13th.

2019 NL Pennant Odds

Team 2019 NL Pennant Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers +175
Philadelphia Phillies +600
Chicago Cubs +700
Milwaukee Brewers +700
Atlanta Braves +900
St. Louis Cardinals +1600
Washington Nationals +1600
Colorado Rockies +2000
New York Mets +2000
Arizona Diamondbacks +2500
San Diego Padres +2500
Cincinnati Reds +5000
Pittsburgh Pirates +5000
San Francisco Giants +25000
Miami Marlins +50000

*Odds taken 06/13/19

Atlanta won the NL East by eight games over the Washington Nationals in 2018.

Hotlanta Heating Up

A four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates was the latest success for the Braves. They’ve won 10 of their last 12 and scored at least seven runs in eight of those games.

Left fielder/third baseman Austin Riley was the NL Rookie of the Month for May despite making his MLB debut on May 15th. He hit .356/.397/.746 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs during the month.

Braves Boldly Go for Keuchel

Atlanta made a statement last week by signing free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel to a one-year, $13 contract.

The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner can bolster a pitching staff that is ninth in ERA (4.30) and 12th in WHIP (1.361).

A Weekend Litmus Test

The Braves and Phillies open a three-game series Friday in Atlanta that will temporarily establish the beast of the NL East.

The Phillies are scuffling. They’ve lost three of four and are 5-8 in their last 13 games. Philadelphia has coughed up 23 runs over the past four contests.

Philadelphia swept Atlanta in a three-game set to open the season, outscoring the Braves 23-11 in the process. Take away the glowing 8-1 slate against the Miami Marlins and Atlanta is a combined 2-7 against the rest of the NL East.

Is it a Braves New World?

Between 1991-2005 the Braves dominated the NL East, wearing 14 division crowns. They wouldn’t win again until last season, a surprise 90-72 showing.

With four regulars 25 and under, the thinking was that the young Braves would regress and endure a sophomore slump. It hasn’t happened yet.

This isn’t a team without issues, though. Atlanta lacks a legitimate closer.

The Braves might nip the Phillies for the NL East. It will go down to the wire. But they’re not ready to be players in the pennant race just yet.

If you’re looking for a price on an NL contender, the Cubs are a much better play.

Pick: Chicago Cubs (+700)

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