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Resurgent Reds Moving Up in NL Power Rankings

Phillies Running Away in NL East

The Los Angeles Dodgers just took two of three games on the road against the American League East-leading New York Yankees. Is that going to be enough for the star-studded Dodgers to leapfrog the Philadelphia Phillies for the top spot in the latest National League Power Rankings?

Next up for the Dodgers is a showdown with the reigning World Series champion Texas Rangers while the Phillies will be squaring off with the Baltimore Orioles later this week,

Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 Of The San Diego Padres (R) Is Congratulated By Jurickson Profar #10 / Denis Poroy / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp

The Brewers, Padres and Giants all opened a series against American League teams with wins on Monday.

If the playoffs began today, the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers would be the division champions while the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants would also be in the postseason. There are three teams within a half-game of the Giants for the final playoff spot.

The reigning National League pennant-winning Arizona Diamondbacks have closed within 1½ games of a playoff spot.

The MLB odds have the Diamondbacks with the ninth-best odds to win the National League title and only six teams from the NL qualify for the playoffs.

When it comes to the run line numbers, the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres would be the division leaders, with the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates the other playoff teams.

When looking at MLB futures odds, the Dodgers lead the way with +150 odds of winning the National League pennant followed by the Phillies at +275 and the Braves at +375.

 

 

Here’s a look at the current pecking order in the National League as only four teams have a winning record this season.

 

1. Philadelphia Phillies (-15000 to make playoffs)

The Phillies won five of their first six games in June before a ninth-inning rally came up just short as the two-game set against the New York Mets in London ended with a split.

Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos already have two home runs in June while Ranger Suarez became the first 10-game winner in the National League. We’re not sure how many had that on their bingo card when the season began. He is among the top contenders per the Las Vegas odds in the National League Cy Young Award race.

There were a total of nine runs scored in three games before the offense picked up with 20 runs in the two games in London.

 

 

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (-15000 to make playoffs)

It has been a quiet start to the month of June for MVP candidates Shohei Ohtani and Mookie Betts, but that didn’t stop the Dodgers from taking a high-profile series against the New York Yankees. Teoscar Hernandez was 6-for-12 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the three games.

Gavin Stone has won his last three starts and allowed two runs in 17⅔ innings during that stretch. If that continues, the Dodgers might be even harder to beat come playoff time.

The Dodgers begin a six-game homestand against a Texas Rangers team struggling after winning the franchise’s first World Series title.

 

3. Milwaukee Brewers (-450 to make playoffs)

The Brewers have won three of their last four games after being swept by the Phillies.

Colin Rea allowed three hits and one run in seven innings in Monday’s series-opening win over the Toronto Blue Jays in his longest outing since 2016. That was just what the doctor ordered for a Milwaukee team that has seen multiple starting pitchers spend time on the injured list this season.

After hitting .218 as a rookie, infielder Brice Turang is starting to live up to expectations with a .302 batting average and 23 stolen bases.

The MLB playoff odds have seen the Brewers’ probability of making the playoffs move from -210 to -450 in the last week.

 

4. Atlanta Braves (-1600 to make playoffs)

Is it time to start worrying about the Braves?

Atlanta just got swept by the Washington Nationals and now faces a talented Baltimore Orioles team on the road.

The Braves have a 5.43 ERA in June with the starting pitchers going 1-3. Atlanta does have eight home runs in the last eight games but is hitting just .213 in those games.

The numbers could be much worse if Marcell Ozuna didn’t have a .323 average and five extra-base hits in June. The Braves recently got catcher Sean Murphy back after he started the season on the injured list. However, he is batting just .147 through his first six games.

 

5. Cincinnati Reds (+250 to make playoffs)

The Reds had won six games in a row before falling to the Chicago Cubs in the series finale on Sunday as they made the biggest move in the power rankings.

Cincinnati has nine home runs over its last six games while Nick Lodolo is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.08 ERA in his last three starts as the Reds are fighting with several other teams for the final playoff spot in the National League.

Expect more ups and downs for one of the younger teams in the majors. Right now, they are trending in the right direction.

 

6. San Diego Padres (+135 to make the playoffs)

7. San Francisco Giants (+175 to make the playoffs)

8. Washington Nationals (+2000 to make the playoffs)

9. Pittsburgh Pirates (+425 to make the playoffs)

10. Arizona Diamondbacks (+160 to make the playoffs)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (+220 to make the playoffs)

12. Chicago Cubs (+125 to make the playoffs)

13. New York Mets (+500 to make the playoffs)

14. Colorado Rockies (+2500 to make the playoffs)

15. Miami Marlins (+3000 to make the playoffs)

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Who is leading the National League in batting average?


Jurickson Profar of the San Diego Padres leads all National League players with a .322 batting average. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers is next at .310.

Which National League teams have the best records at home and on the road?


Philadelphia tops the National League with a 27-10 record at home. No other National League team has more than 21 home wins. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers are the first two teams from the NL to win 20 road games.

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