The National League’s East Division is one of the tightest-fought and thrilling leagues, not just in Major League Baseball, but in world sport, and this season should be no less exciting as teams battle for the perennial aim of making the playoffs and chasing their dream all the way to the World Series final. But who is best equipped to top the table and march on to glory this season? With the NL East founded in 1969 and currently comprising five teams, all with the sole aim of making the postseason playoffs, competition is fierce.
The Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and The New York Mets, who won the division in 2015 and made it all the way to the World Series before losing 4-1 to Kansas City from the American League, are all fighting for coveted playoff spots.
The Atlanta Braves are the most successful side in East Division history, with 12 East Division titles to their name. They are actually the most recent franchise to ‘Go East’, joining in 1994, so their phenomenal record is all the more impressive. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are founding members with Miami’s Marlins joining a year before Atlanta in 1993.
The New York Mets, although they won last year, were in the doldrums for a large chunk of the season when a late surge saved their season. They were the first East Division team to make the world Series since the Phillies in 2009. Philadelphia was the last side, in 2008, from the NL East Division to win the World Series.
This season sees The Phillies outsiders for the World Series win, quoted at +20,000 at the start of the season! But with The Mets and The Nats looking strong, who can go all the way?
NL East Betting Lines Today
Check out the latest odds for the moneyline on who will win the NL East Division. Can the Mets make it two titles on the bounce, or will the Nationals have something to say about that?
NL East Standings Right Now
The current National League East Division standings tell you all you need to know about who is in pole position to finish top of the league and make it directly into the playoffs. With the battle for a Wild Card berth as tough as ever, every game of the regular season will be vital.
|AL - East|
|1||Boston Red Sox||162||93||69||878||694||0.574|
|2||Toronto Blue Jays||163||90||73||764||668||0.552|
|4||New York Yankees||162||84||78||680||702||0.519|
|5||Tampa Bay Rays||162||68||94||672||713||0.420|
|AL - Central|
|3||Kansas City Royals||162||81||81||675||712||0.500|
|4||Chicago White Sox||162||78||84||686||715||0.481|
|AL - West|
|4||Los Angeles Angels||162||74||88||717||727||0.457|
|NL - East|
|1||New York Mets||163||87||76||671||620||0.534|
|NL - Central|
|2||St. Louis Cardinals||162||86||76||779||712||0.531|
|NL - West|
|1||Los Angeles Dodgers||162||91||71||725||638||0.562|
|2||San Francisco Giants||163||88||75||718||631||0.540|
|5||San Diego Padres||162||68||94||686||770||0.420|
How To Make Money Betting on NL East Division
With 2015 bringing glory for the New York Mets (see highlights below), what does 2016 hold?
Well, one of the biggest moves on the pore-season saw Daniel Murphy depart the Mets and go across the country but stay in the East Division as he was traded to The Washington Nationals. How crucial could that signing be at the end of the season? You only have to look at the runs he hit in the past 12 months to see that it will make a difference to things. While both The Mets and The Nats have got off to a strong start, we rate The Nats stronger over the back nine as it were.
Pre-season, the odds for winning the World Series for NL East sides were stark in their contrast. the Mets were +1000 and The Nats 1100, both sides just behind the favourites The Chicago Cubs. Philadelphia could be picked up +25000 … and have drifted even further since to +30000! With Miami (+2800 to +5000) and Atlanta (+8000 to +15000) each drifting, it looks a two-team race for the East Division title.
We rate The Nats (+110) as the best pick against The Mets (+100) but even better is The Nats for the National League Pennant at a lip-smacking +600. Get on.