Updated 2019 NL Pennant Odds
Spring Training is about to start in Florida and Arizona and with that, here’s a look at the updated pennant odds for every team in the National League. In what shouldn’t be a surprise, the defending NL Champion Dodgers are at the top of the odds list.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Dodgers have 4/1 odds to win the National League pennant this upcoming season, followed by the Cubs at 11/2. Chicago’s National League Central rivals the Cardinals are 13/2, meanwhile, followed by the Phillies and Nationals at 7/1, respectively.
The Braves are also in the mix to win the pennant after making a surprise postseason run a year ago. Atlanta is listed at 15/2 to win the NL championship in 2019, followed by the Brewers and Mets at 10/1, respectively. After winning the wild card a year ago, the Rockies are 18/1 to win the National League pennant.
From there, the odds drop off a cliff. The improved Reds are 40/1 to win the NL championship, followed by the Pirates, Padres and Giants at 50/1, respectively. The Diamondbacks are 150/1 after trading Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals this offseason, but they don’t have the worst odds on that board. That honor belongs to the Marlins, who are 500/1 long shots to shock the baseball betting world by winning the NL pennant in 2019.
Of course, these odds will change dramatically depending on which team signs Bryce Harper this offseason. While he could wind up in the American League, Harper remains connected to National League clubs. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that Harper currently has multiple long-term offers on the table with an average annual value in excess of $30 million. Based on media projections, the Phillies are viewed as the favorites to land the superstar, but Heyman notes that Harper’s market is “evolving.”
In related news, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Harper will ultimately land a larger contract than the 10-year, $300 million offer that he turned down from the Nationals last September. The White Sox, Padres, Giants and Nationals are all believed to be in the mix, but the Phillies are the team that keeps popping up in relation to the superstar outfielder. Stay tuned.