Best MLB Future Bets: Winner Predictions For Each National League Division, Best Bets, and Sleepers

Best MLB Future Bets: Winner Predictions For Each National League Division, Best Bets, and Sleepers
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Frank Weber
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Frank Weber
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August 26th 2022 - 08:24 AM

Earlier this week I gave out my best bets to win the American League Divisions, and I have to say–they look great. Sure, it’s only been like a week of MLB action, but I pulled those picks out from the vault so I feel really good about them. Now it’s time for me to double down and give my National League Division winners, and it should be known: I’m undefeated when it comes to MLB future bets. It should also be known that this is my first year making MLB future bets but…that’s neither here nor there.

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Anyway, without further to do, let's get down to business and check out my best MLB Future division bets for the 2022 season.

NL East

The NL East is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, with the Braves, Mets, and Phillies all vying for the top spot. Living in New York, I watch a lot of Mets baseball, and I have to admit–there’s something different about this team. Not only are they hitting the ball, which is something they struggled with greatly last season, but they’re hitting the ball at the right TIME. Also, even though DeGrom is sidelined with an injury, their pitching has really stepped up to the occasion, allowing an opponent batting average of just under .200 through their first seven games. Yes, it’s early, but the signs are there.

All this said it’s hard to ignore the World Series ring-wearing elephant in the room. The Braves are still the Braves and will continue to be one of the best teams in the division for as long as they have this stacked lineup. And speaking of stacked lineups, the Phillies have the potential to have five guys hit 30+ homers, which is something done only once by the Twins in 2019. Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, JT Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber, and Rhys Hoskins can all take you deep, so this Phillies team will be a nightmare matchup all season.

Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central

You know, everyone seems to have this one already locked in for the Brewers, but I wouldn’t be too sure. They obviously have the best pitching in the division, but their lineup (whose centerpiece is still a crippling Christian Yelich) leaves much to be desired. The Cardinals have a much more dangerous lineup, cornerstoned by perennial All-Stars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. And if Tyler O’Neill, Dylan Carlson, and Harrison Bader all become the players that they’ve shown signs of being, then this Cardinals lineup could be just as stacked as the Phillies.

And please, don’t count out the Cubs. Sure, their lineup isn’t snazzy and none of their pitchers instill any semblance of fear, but at the end of the day, they’re a very scrappy team that could steal some wins from you if you’re not paying attention.

Prediction: St Louis Cardinals

NL West

And now, the division you’ve all been waiting for–the NL West. The West seems to be a bit of the “main event” this season, seeing as it’s home to three teams with high playoff potential–as well as the World Series favorite Dodgers. It’s hard to go against the Dodgers here, it really is–but if I had to, I’d make a case for last year’s dark horse team–the Giants.

The Giants have a really solid group of players headlined by a sneaky good pitching staff. They always seem to find wins in games that other teams would look lost in, and have a knack for pulling wins out of seemingly nowhere. But, no amount of rabbit-in-a-hat magic can stop this Dodgers team right now.

Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers

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