Baseball Futures Betting – 2018 National League OddsPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
One of the most challenging things about Baseball Futures Betting will be the 2018 National League futures pennant race. This is where the combination of public betting and savvy value evaluation will come into play. The National League futures board includes two of the most popular public choices in any sport with the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Washington Nationals are not necessarily a public team but certainly well respected. The St. Louis Cardinals can garner a lot of public support but also may offer better than expected value. Then there are teams such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers that may be considered value picks for the 2018 pennant.
2018 National League Futures
Date and Time: Season opens March 29, 2018
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Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened as a strong +225 MLB game lines favorite to repeat as National League champions. Also considered to be among the favorites to win the National League flag were the Washington Nationals +300, Chicago Cubs +400, St. Louis Cardinals +750, Arizona Diamondbacks +1000, New York Mets +1000, and Milwaukee Brewers +1200.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a fascinating sportsbook commodity. Until the end of August they were on a blistering pace to post the best record ever in the modern era. They had not been swept in a series all season until August’s end. But from September on, the wheels literally came off for the Dodgers and their backers. Because of the huge record that they built up, the Dodgers ended up as the highest overlay on the board.
Oddsmakers made the price on LA ridiculously high in order to try and scare off front runners. It didn’t work, at least for the public, who continued to bang the Dodgers in record numbers. There was a lot of blood on the floor as a result when the September slump came. The Dodgers did manage to make the World Series when they were ambushed by the upstart Houston Astros. It is likely that Los Angeles will again be an overlay as a beaten champion. They are also the most public of teams regardless. Buyer beware!
The Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs are another classic example of a public team coming off success. The Cubs were coming off their magical World Series title of 2016 and had a year long struggle maintaining betting value. Even with a record of 92-70 the Cubs were a -1198 loser on the board. The betting public simply drove their value into the ground.
Matchup to Watch
When make a futures bet it is imperative to assess actual wagering value. To find a good team that is being overlooked by the public. The Milwaukee Brewers fit the bill as a potential MLB game lines gem of a betting value. The Brew Crew went 86-76 last year. Milwaukee finished second in the NL Central to the Cubs. The Brewers got strong pitching combined with power hitting to build on their success. They will be overlooked behind the more popular and public commodities.
2018 National League Championship Betting Odds Picks
The Milwaukee Brewers bring the ability and the bargain price to make for an outstanding futures pick.
Baseball Betting Online Pick: Milwaukee Brewers to win the National League