The NL East division was owned by the Atlanta Braves in the mid and late-90’s as Atlanta won the division for 11 straight seasons from 1995 to 2005. It was a run of dominance in a division that MLB hasn’t seen since, but the most disappointing thing about that run for Atlanta fans is the fact that they only won World Series during that time. The Braves have gone through a few rough years lately, as the rebuilding Washington Nationals and New York Mets have taken claim to this division now.
Both of those franchises stock-piled tremendous young talent in the late-2000’s and beyond and are reaping the benefits of that now. Bettors are likely to see Washington and New York consistently be the favourites in MLB NL East betting odds.
MLB NL East Scores And Standings
The MLB NL East standings have typically been very top heavily the past few decades with the Braves going on their run and now the Nationals and Mets battling it out. This year’s current standings are listed here.
Bet On MLB NL East Games
The arrival of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg in Washington were the franchise-altering players that organization needed to become a consistent contender. Washington has yet to experience the type of success they’d prefer since getting those two superstars, but both are still quite young and better days are ahead of them. Recent MLB bettors know that the Nationals are continually in the -150 or higher range on any given night in this league and they typically start the year as one of the favourites to come out of the National League.
2015 saw Washington get a rival in that regard as the New York Mets found themselves as a prominent team once again. The Mets got hot for long stretches during the regular season and did so again in the postseason, making it all the way to the World Series. They’ve built a tremendous starting rotation with Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Jacob deGrom, and all four of these guys are just starting to come into their own as superstars. The Mets are another team bettors should expect to see high-priced favourite lines with for the coming years.
Washington and New York lay all that chalk because Miami, Philadelphia, and Atlanta are in various early stages of rebuilding their clubs. Starting with the 2016 season, it will take another couple of years before Philadelphia and Atlanta are consistently competitive again. Miami is a bit closer to being relevant, but they still are a year or two away from threatening the Mets and Nationals.
Yet, those three teams can be valuable underdog selections when the situation arises. Many opponents have no problem taking those three teams rather lightly, and even the worst teams in MLB still win about 40% of the time.