MLB NL Division Betting Preview Rivalry Games to Bet On 2023

MLB NL Division Betting Preview: Rivalry Games to Bet On 2023

The Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series but more good teams reside in the National League. To explain how deep the NL is, all we must do is realize that Philadelphia, the 2022 pennant winner, is the third choice to win their division. With that in mind, check out the top two rivalries in the NL East, Central, and West heading into the 2023 MLB Season.

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2023 MLB Regular Season

  • When: March 30 – October 1

NL East

  • New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves

Last offseason, the Mets landed Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer. This offseason, the Mets grabbed the great Justin Verlander.

Boasting a pair of first-ballot hall of fame pitchers in your starting rotation is rare. But that’s what the Mets have done. Both Max and Justin have a lot left in the tank.

Following Verlander and Scherzer in the rotation is three-time Nippon Professional Baseball all-star Kodai Senga. The Verlander, Scherzer, and Senga triumvirate will be tough to beat but 2021 World Series winning Atlanta Braves have won 5 straight NL East titles by making few changes.

The ATL knows that the key to winning rivalry series, division titles, and ultimately a World Series is more about how your starters set up your bullpen and how your bullpen sets up your closer. In that sense, we shouldn’t automatically jump on the Mets to win this season’s rivalry.

  • New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia is going to have a say as to who wins the NL East. While the Mets went with pitching, the Phillies signed former Dodger Trea Turner.

Turner is one of the best short stops in the league. So when it comes to their rivalry with the Mets, the Phils are betting their lineup can upset NYM’s hall of fame starting rotation. 

NL Central 

  • St. Louis Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis won the division. But the Cardinals will find it difficult to repeat. 

Milwaukee should have a chance to take back the division crown. The Brewers are deeper if Corbin Burnes dominates like he did in 2021. If not, the Cards grabs the series.  

  • Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals

Cubs versus Cardinals might be the second most historic rivalry in MLB after Yankees versus Red Sox. Chicago got better after signing James Tallion.

Will adding Tallion to the rotation be enough to overtake the Cardinals? Probably not, but when it comes to the rivalry series, the Cubs could beat St. Louis. 

NL West

  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres

The rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres should favor San Diego this season. LAD continues to boast a strong rotation, but without Walker Buehler, the Dodgers will struggle to keep the Padres from scoring runs.

San Diego star Fernando Tatis Jr. is set to join a lineup that includes Xander Bogaerts, who comes over from Boston, Manny Machado, and Juan Soto. This will be a good rivalry, but if Joe Musgrove and Yu Darvish are just okay against the Dodgers, the Friars should take the rivalry series. 

  • San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants and Dodgers believe they’re good enough to at least grab a wild card, which means the most heated, not most historic, but most fiery rivalry in baseball will have new meaning this season.

Which team has the edge? Based on the rosters, the Dodgers. SF has never backed down from LAD, though. Give every game between the Giants and Dodgers this season the careful consideration it deserves before laying money down on either. 


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