There’s only three games remaining in the 2010 MLB regular season and it’s clear who oddsmakers like to win the National League pennant this year.
Five teams remain in contention in the NL right now and oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com favor the Philadelphia Phillies at 10/11 to win the 2010 NL Championship. The San Francisco Giants have the next best odds at 10/3, while the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds are 4/1.
The San Diego Padres, who could be eliminated from postseason contention this weekend, remain long shots at 18/1.
Recent trends are in the Phillies favor when it comes to winning the NL pennant. They won the World Series two years ago and lost in the Fall Classic last year when the Yankees beat them 4 games to 2. They’ve scored less runs this year (747) than they did last year (820), but their pitching has also been better, thanks to the additions of Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt.
It’s been seven years since the Giants last played in the postseason. They were defeated 3 games to 1 by the Marlins in 2003, just one year after losing to the Angels in the ’02 World Series. They’ve allowed just 573 runs so far this year and have scored 688 times, which is the most runs they’ve scored in four years.
It’s only been five years since the Braves were last in the playoffs, but they have a history of losing in the NLDS or NLCS. The last time they played in the World Series was in 1999 when they were swept by the Yankees.
Of course, the Reds haven’t been to the postseason since 1995 and the World Series since 1990 when they beat the Oakland A’s. Their strength comes from first baseman Joey Votto, who has turned in a MVP-like performance in 2010.