Heading into this season, it appeared that the Atlanta Braves were going to win the NL East once again. With the talent that have on offense combined with the free agents signings of Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly, they seemed to be in good shape. But as we get closer to the All-Star break, it’s been the New York Mets, who have jumped to the front of the division and are the favorites to win it, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Can the Braves get their act together or will the Mets win the division for the first time since 2015. Let’s breakdown it all down below?
1. New York Mets (46-38) —
2. Atlanta Braves (43-44) 4.5 GB
3. Philadelphia Phillies (42-44) 5.0 GB
4. Washington Nationals (42-45) 5.5 GB
5. Miami Marlins (38-49) 9.5 GB
It is the Mets’ division to lose, despite them not having an explosive offense. New York has the best rotation in the NL East led by Jacob deGrom, along with in Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker, who have ERAs under 3.00 this season. The Braves and Phillies could catch up to Mets, but each team has their own set of problems to sort through. Atlanta’s starting pitcher has been inconsistent, while the Phillies cannot find solid relievers to hold things down in the bullpen.
NL East Division winner odds
In the game of baseball, quality starting pitching will get you far. New York has that and could get back Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard in the second half. If that happens, then the sky is the limit for this team. The Mets started off the season with +140 odds to win the division and are now at -286. The only thing that could New York back is their record on the road, which sits at 19-26. However, they have a great home record at 27-12, which is the best in the NL East.
Betting value: Mets -286
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