The second half of the 2021 MLB season is underway. The NL East was projected to be one of the best divisions in baseball this year. Through the first half of the season that prediction has been very accurate so far as three teams are separated by just five games which is the second smallest separation between the top 3 teams in the MLB behind the NL West that has the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants separated by just two games.
New York Mets -240
The NL East has been one of the more competitive divisions in baseball this season. Currently, the New York Mets lead the division with a record of 50-43. The Mets have a two-and-a-half-game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets currently have the best odds to win the division at -175.
Philadelphia Phillies +380
The Philadelphia Phillies have the second-best odds to win the division at +380 on FanDuel Sportsbook. The Phillies currently sit in second place in the division with a record of 50-50. The Phillies finish the first half on fire as they won their last three series. One thing that has really held the Phillies back from contention is their bullpen. Even with the additions in the offseason their bullpen still needs work. Look for the Phillies to be buyers as the trade deadline gets closer.
Atlanta Braves +600
The team with the next best odds to win the NL East is the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit in third place in the NL East. The team currently is at +600 odds to win the division. Coming into the season it seemed like this was the Braves division to lose since they won it in 2020. The odds decreased for the team when Ronald Acuna suffered a severe leg injury on July 10th. The Braves are four games back of the Mets in the division.
Washington Nationals +2000
The Washington Nationals are in fourth place in the division with a record of 46-54. The Nationals currently sit at +2000 Odds to win the division. The Nationals have struggled throughout the season. The team has dealt with a lot of injuries most of which are in their pitching rotation bullpen. The most notable injury for the team has been Stephen Strasburg who was put on the injury list with a neck injury.
Miami Marlins +8500
The team with the worst odds to win the NL East is the Miami Marlins. The Marlins currently sit in the basement of the NL East with a record of 44-57 and +8500 odds to win the division. The Marlins are 10 games back of the Mets in the division.
Best Bet and Final Thoughts.
Even though the NL East is still wide open. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are the two teams with the Best Betting value to win the division. Although any team in the division could make a move at the trade deadline and take the division.
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