The 2022 Major League Baseball Season is rapidly approaching, it’s time we take another look at the National League divisions so you can keep planning your bets against the MLB NL Division Betting Odds.
2022 MLB NL Betting Odds and Predictions for the Upcoming Season
- Atlanta Braves (+135)
The defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves come into the season as the favorites to win the NL East, but they aren’t without their faults. The biggest concern on the minds of Braves’ fans is whether the club will re-sign star first baseman, Freddie Freeman.
What was initially seen as a foregone conclusion has all of the sudden turned into doubt. While a deal could still get done after the lockout, that would obviously have a huge ripple effect on the rest of the roster.
Still, the team is loaded with talent like Ronald Acuna Jr, Ozzie Albies, and Austin Riley, and their pitching staff may be one of the best in the big leagues. In fact, last season, the Braves ranked sixth in earned run average at 3.82.
While they will definitely have competition within the division, the Braves should once again compete for an NL East crown.
- New York Mets (+140)
Arguably the biggest competition in the East for the Braves will be the rival New York Mets. Owner Steve Cohen has already proven he has deep pockets and the Mets are better for it.
Before the lockout, the Mets brought in a haul for their roster. First, they brought in one of the best starters in the game in Max Scherzer to pair with an already elite starter in Jacob deGrom.
Furthermore, they brought in Starling Marte, Mark Canha, and Eduardo Escobar to help solidify an offense that ranked 27th in scoring last season at 3.93 runs per game.
If they weren’t busy enough, it wouldn’t be shocking if the Mets remained active in improving their roster leading up to the start of the season.
- Milwaukee Brewers (-125)
It is a tale of two sides of the ball for the Brewers. In terms of their pitching, they are elite. In fact, behind Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta, they led the Brewers to the third-best ERA in the majors at 3.48.
Offensively, they are far more inconsistent averaging just 4.48 runs per game (good for 15th overall). The offense would get a huge boost if Christian Yelich could return to form after hitting just .248/.362/.373 with nine home runs last season.
- St Louis Cardinals (+210)
The biggest competition for the Brewers will be the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are led by some future Hall-of-Famers including Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. Not far off the trail are players like third baseman Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.
It will be interesting to see how Tyler O’Neill performs this season after hitting a career-high 34 home runs, 80 runs batted in, 89 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases last season. If he can maintain that production, the Cardinals’ offense is very deep.
On the mound, Adam Wainwright was spectacular last year, but he is also 40-years-old. If the combination of Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, and Steven Matz can lead the rotation, the Cardinals should have a chance of overtaking the Brewers.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (-150)
Not only are the Dodgers the favorite to win the division, but they are the favorites to win the World Series (+600) this season. The offseason has been tough thus far as they have lost both Max Scherzer and Corey Seager, and there is a good possibility they could lose Clayton Kershaw as well.
Still, this offense will be electric behind Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Will Smith, Max Muncy, and more. If Cody Bellinger could return to form after hitting just .165 with 10 home runs, they could be really lethal.
The starting pitching lacks some depth right now, but they do have two of the best young starters at the top. Walker Buehler and Julio Urias will be the one-two combo, followed by Tony Gonsolin, Andrew Heaney, and David Price. Of course, it also wouldn’t be shocking if the Dodgers made some more moves to bolster their rotation after the lockout.
- San Diego Padres (+200)
The Padres may have the single most exciting player in baseball in shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Last season, Tatis hit .282/.364/.611 with 42 home runs, 97 runs batted in, 99 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases in just 478 at bats.
In addition to Tatis, the Padres also have Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth, Trent Grisham, and others to help lead the offense.
Their pitching staff isn’t too bad, either. The trio of Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove will lead the staff while Mike Clevinger would be a huge addition if he can come back healthy.