The National League Central Division was created in 1994 and still consists of five teams, primarily all which are founding members. The Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers make up the NL Central, which also at one point included the Houston Astros before the club was moved to the American League in 2013. The division is widely considered to be one of the most competitive in all of Major League Baseball.
The Cardinals are a big reason why the franchise has captured 11 World Series crowns — sitting only second behind the New York Yankees. The Cardinals won two World Series in a six-year window and also reached the final in 2013 before losing to the Boston Red Sox in the championship round. The Cards’ last World Series crown came in 2011, when the club went on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the final.
The Reds and Pirates are next on the list, with five World Series titles, followed by the Chicago Cubs with three. The Brewers are the only team in the division to have never won a championship.
The Chicago Cubs are also a team to be reckoned with in the NL Central. The Cubbies snapped a century-old championship draught in 2016, winning its first World Series since the 1908 season. The Cubs needed seven games to take down the Cleveland Indians in the final.
NL Central Betting Lines Today
Don’t let your guard down when putting your money on National League Central teams. It is crucial to do the required research involved before placing a wager.
Our competition widget allows you to keep track of every team in the division throughout the entire season. The widget also features live odds, making it easier for bettors to find the latest wagering lines before putting money down.
NL Central Standings Right Now
A simple glance at the standings every day can be enough to put you over the top when betting on NL Central teams.
Our standings widget makes it easy for bettors to track each team’s progress throughout the season while also offering key statistics such as runs for/against and winning percentage.
|AL - East|
|1||Boston Red Sox||27||16||11||140||118||0.593|
|3||Toronto Blue Jays||29||14||15||113||109||0.483|
|4||Tampa Bay Rays||26||12||14||90||100||0.462|
|5||New York Yankees||25||9||16||89||116||0.360|
|AL - Central|
|1||Chicago White Sox||28||19||9||108||83||0.679|
|3||Kansas City Royals||27||14||13||90||103||0.519|
|AL - West|
|3||Los Angeles Angels||28||13||15||105||115||0.464|
|WC - East|
|2||New York Mets||26||17||9||120||76||0.654|
|WC - Central|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals||28||14||14||158||117||0.500|
|WC - West|
|1||San Francisco Giants||29||15||14||146||136||0.517|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers||28||14||14||121||110||0.500|
|5||San Diego Padres||28||11||17||103||130||0.393|
How To Win At NL Central Betting
The NL Central is always a tough division to predict which team will come out on top. The Cardinals have won the division 10 times and are always a favorite to come out of the NL Central. However, the Chicago Cubs have positioned themselves to be a powerhouse for many years to come. After winning the 2016 World Series, the Cubs will only get better — especially considering the club has one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.
The Cubs were remarkable on home soil in 2016, posting a 57-24 record at Wrigley Field. The 2016 champs were equally impressive on the road with a 46-34 record. Chicago also recorded a league-best +252 run differential during the 2016 campaign — driving in 808 while only surrendering 612.
On the mound is where the Cubs will excel. A 3.15 team ERA led the National League in 2016 as the Cubs’ rotation finished with 100 quality starts — a stat that recognizes a starting pitcher that completes at least six innings while allowing three runs or less.
National League Central contests tend to be high-scoring affairs, especially if top clubs like the Cubs and Cardinals are taking on weaker teams in the division.
Where to bet on the NL Central Online
Ready to put your money on National League Central games? Take a look at some of these leading online sportsbooks before placing your wagers.