With the Chicago Cubs set to begin their pursuit of their first World Series title since 1906 against the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals looking to take down the Los Angeles Dodgers, let’s get started with these betting odds.
In Depth Analysis On The MLB National League Pennant Free Picks
Odds to win the 2016 NL Pennant
|Los Angeles Dodgers||18/5|
|San Francisco Giants||4/1|
Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco GiantsAnalysis: The Chicago Cubs have been, hands-down, the best team in all of baseball all season long. Under the leadership of manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs scored the third most runs in the majors this season (808) while allowing the fewest (556). The Cubs have a plethora of seriously gifted young stars starting with third baseman Kris Bryant (.292, 39 HR, 102 RBI) and shortstop Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32 HR, 109 RBI). At the plate, Chicago has outscored their opponents by 1.5 runs per game this year (4.9-3.4)
Chicago also has a fantastic starting rotation headed up by perennial all-star Jake Arietta (18-8, 3.10 ERA), veteran southpaw hurler Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA). While the Cubs basically blew their opponents away all season long, that certainly was not the case for the San Francisco Giants.
Led by otherworldly left-hander Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), Frisco finished fourth in team ERA (3.69). Right-hander Johnny Cueto also had a stellar season in recording a team-high 18 wins (18-5, 2.79 ERA), but after the pair of starters, the Giants’ pitching gets much thinner. At the plate, no Giants player reached the 20-home run plateau this season, although a whopping seven players did hit 10 or more. Still, San Francisco ranked a modest 11th in team batting average (.258) and just doesn’t seem to have enough bats – or bullpen depth – to get past the Cubs.
My Pick: Chicago in Four Games
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington NationalsAnalysis: The Los Angeles Dodgers ranked an uninspiring 22nd in team batting average (.249) and just 16th in team home runs, but they also finished the regular season ranked a stellar fifth in team ERA (3.70). The Dodgers only had three starting pitchers reach the double-digit win mark but four players managed to hit at least 25 home runs. While L.A. posted a fantastic 53-28 mark at home, they’re also just 38-43 on the road.
For Washington, the Nats went 50-31 at home and 45-36 on the road, so apparently they can win anywhere. Not only that, but the Nats finished the regular season having allowed the second fewest runs (612) in the league this season (3.7 runs per game allowed) thanks to their plethora of gifted hurlers.
Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57 ERA) are all fantastic pitchers, but Washington will have to overcome the loss of staff ace Stephen Strasburg (again). At the plate, veteran infielder Daniel Murphy hit an incendiary .347 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while Wilson Ramos batted .307 with 22 homers and 80 RBI. Call me crazy, but I’m going with the series upset by Washington.
Washington Nationals in Four Games