National League Betting Lines

As the oldest league in the MLB, the National League was established on February 2nd, 1876, well before the founding of the American League. Despite the fact that the NL has an excellent collection of teams, the American League has managed to win the majority of World Series titles, lead by the New York Yankees. In the NL, the St. Louis Cardinals have the most championships, making them the traditional top dog when it comes to National League betting lines.

National League Betting Lines Today

All the teams from the National League involved in MLB games will be listed in this section. National League betting lines today include interleague play with the American League as well.

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Tuesday 22 October
Nationals 20:08 Houston Astros +180 -189
Wednesday 23 October
Nationals 20:07 Houston Astros
Friday 25 October
Houston Astros 20:07 Nationals
Saturday 26 October
Houston Astros 21:07 Nationals

National League Standings

The National League standings have been dominated by traditional NL powerhouses like the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals for quite a while. Check to see how challengers are fairing throughout the regular season.

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# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 New York Yankees New York Yankees 162 103 59 943 739 0.636
2 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 96 66 769 656 0.593
3 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 84 78 901 828 0.519
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 67 95 726 828 0.414
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 54 108 729 981 0.333
AL - Central
1 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 162 101 61 939 754 0.623
2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 93 69 769 657 0.574
3 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 161 72 89 708 832 0.447
4 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 59 103 691 869 0.364
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 161 47 114 582 915 0.292
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 107 55 920 640 0.660
2 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 97 65 845 680 0.599
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 810 878 0.481
4 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 72 90 769 868 0.444
5 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 68 94 758 893 0.420
NL - East
1 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 97 65 855 743 0.599
2 New York Mets New York Mets 162 86 76 791 737 0.531
3 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 81 81 774 794 0.500
4 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 57 105 615 808 0.352
NL - Central
1 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 91 71 764 662 0.562
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 89 73 769 766 0.549
3 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 84 78 814 717 0.519
4 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 75 87 701 711 0.463
5 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 69 93 758 911 0.426
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 106 56 886 613 0.654
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 162 85 77 813 743 0.525
3 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 77 85 678 773 0.475
4 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 162 71 91 835 958 0.438
5 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 70 92 682 789 0.432

The National League has slightly different rules than the American League, with the main difference being the existence of the designated hitter rule. Unlike the AL, the National League still makes its pitchers take at-bats, which drastically changes the stats involved in betting on National League squads. Put simply, since the majority of pitchers are terrible hitters, run production and earned run averages are suppressed, altering the expected outcomes.

Prop bets and over/unders involving the number of runs given up in the game are affected the most by the DH rule. When National League teams visit American League clubs for interleague play, the offensive output of NL teams is likely to rise, further complicating the determination of which team will win. All in all, since the majority of NL wagering involves single games within the league, the DH rule will be a factor for a limited number of games per year.

The odds that you get for these games will arrive in the form of moneylines. When the Los Angeles Dodgers are listed at -225 before they face the Pittsburgh Pirates with a line of +275, you’ll be able to tell right away that the Pirates are the underdog because of the plus sign beside their number. This means that you have to bet $100 on the Pirates to win $275, while investing a $225 bet on the Dodgers will net you only $100 in profit. These types of moneylines are also used when betting on postseason games and series, including bets where you attempt to predict the number of games it will take for a team to close out the series.

Regardless of the team or the situation that you’re betting on, smart wagering always involves performing research before you put your money down. Checking out factors like hot streaks, rivalries and teams pushing to make the postseason gives you insight in terms of which team is the better ballclub to bet on.