Best National League Betting Sites

The National League is the oldest professional baseball league and has been called the Senior Circuit, as it came 15 years before the American League. That, however, was a long, long time ago, with the NL being founded in 1876. The current NL champions are the Mets, who won the title in 2015 only to go on and lose the World Series final to Kansas City 4-1. With 15 teams in the NL, the sides are divided into three divisions (East, West and Central) with the winners from each division heading to the postseason, as well as possible Wild Card entries.

Unlike the American League, there is no ‘designated hitter’ rule and the National League is seen as a more traditional league in general. Managers in the National League are consequently under greater pressure to make the correct offensive changes during pitching substitutions.

Interleague games have taken place during the regular season since 1997, the National League and American League both having 15 teams. With The San Francisco Giants the record holders of NL Pennants (with 23), the most successful World Series team from the National League are The Cardinals, with an incredible 11 victories. The Giants (8) and Dodgers (6) aren’t too far behind.

The East Division is comprised of the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Washington Nationals, with 2016 seeing The New York Mets and The Washington Nationals rated as favorites to make the postseason.

In the Central Division, The Chicago Cubs are pre-season favorites, and will frequently battle the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and another very strong side in the St. Louis Cardinals for supremacy. In the West Division, The Arizona Diamondbacks are the newest franchise, entering the NL in 1998. They take on the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and the mighty San Francisco Giants in their fight to make the playoffs.

Who will win the 2016 National League? It’s anyone’s guess after the New York Mets stunning comeback year in 2015. Rule no-one out until they have no chance of taking the Pennant!

National League Betting Lines Today

Want to know what the latest moneyline is and who’s favorites to the National League? Keep an eye on all 15 teams game odds and evaluate where you can make the most money. 

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New York Yankees 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
SFG 16:10 ARI
Chicago Cubs 20:35 St. Louis Cardinals

National League Standings Right Now

With just three of the 15 teams guaranteed to go through to the playoffs by winning their division, who will hold top spot at season’s end? [+]

Teams such as the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are fancied, but there is almost always a surprise package in the National League. Check out the current standings below.

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# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 878 694 0.574
2 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 163 90 73 764 668 0.552
3 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 163 89 74 746 720 0.546
4 New York Yankees New York Yankees 162 84 78 680 702 0.519
5 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 68 94 672 713 0.420
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 161 94 67 777 676 0.584
2 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 161 86 75 750 721 0.534
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 81 81 675 712 0.500
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 78 84 686 715 0.481
5 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 162 59 103 722 889 0.364
AL - West
1 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 95 67 765 757 0.586
2 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 86 76 768 707 0.531
3 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 84 78 724 701 0.519
4 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 74 88 717 727 0.457
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 69 93 653 761 0.426
NL - East
1 New York Mets New York Mets 163 87 76 671 620 0.534
2 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 161 79 82 655 682 0.491
3 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 71 91 610 796 0.438
4 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 161 68 93 649 779 0.422
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 103 58 808 556 0.640
2 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 86 76 779 712 0.531
3 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 78 83 729 758 0.484
4 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 73 89 671 733 0.451
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 716 854 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 91 71 725 638 0.562
2 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 163 88 75 718 631 0.540
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 162 75 87 845 860 0.463
4 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 162 69 93 752 890 0.426
5 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 68 94 686 770 0.420

How To Make Money on The National League

The oldest league in professional baseball may never have a more thrilling year than it enjoyed in 2015 thanks to the New York Mets rising like a phoenix from the ashes of a poor season to go all the way to the World Series, winning the National League Pennant 4-0 in the championship series on route. 

With no Daniel Murphy, will the Mets struggle to retain the title they won in such fine style? The odds pre-season don’t look to reflect that, with both The Mets and The Nats +100 to take down the East Division.

The Chicago Cubs (-100)are hot favourites to win NL Central, with St. Louis, who are off to a decent start also fancied pre-season at +200. In the West Division, San Francisco are favourites, with the L.A. Dodgers fractionally behind.

We like The Dodgers to come on strong in the second half of the year and these would be our pick at +160 to make the playoffs via the West Division title, but when it comes to winning the National League trophy itself and going through to the World Series, we like the look of San Francisco.

The Giants won’t have the battle that the other top teams have to get into the postseason and can call on a lot of history when it comes to the crunch games.

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