Even with the loss of slugger Jayson Werth and the health issues of Chase Utley the Phillies have the lowest betting odds to win the NL Pennant at 5dimes.com because of their pitching staff. Last season Ray Halladay won the Cy Young and along with Roy Oswalt and Cole Hammels they had the league’s 6th best ERA AND they added prize free agent Cliff Lee in the off-season. Even with the dominant staff the offense will need to stay healthy this season and last season Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jimmy Rollins missed a total of 140 games.
Milwaukee really upgraded their pitching staff, which ranked 26th in team ERA last season, by brining in 2009 Cy Young winner Zach Greinke Kansas City and Shaun Marcum from Toronto. Prince Fielder is in a contract year, so he may put up big numbers and the Brewers have a lot of good young hitters that can go deep in Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee. The offense should be a great one, but the new starters will be the keys to the Brewers’ success.
San Francisco Giants
Pitching, pitching, pitching, is what the Giants are all about and what carried them to the World Series win last season and will have to do so this season. San Francisco has, pretty much, the same team as last season with the only addition of note is Miguel Tejada, who will be needed to add some power to a Giants’ offense that only ranked 17th in runs scored last season.
While the Braves pitching staff is not the best in the NL East with the Phillies they are still in the top 5 in the Majors. Derrick Lowe ended the season on fire and Tim Hudson won 17 games last season. They brought in slugging 2B Dan Uggla and if Chipper Jones can bounce back and Jason Heyward continues to blossom into a superstar Atlanta has a great chance to get back the playoffs.
The Reds made the post-season for the first time since 2000 and the main reason was their dynamic offense. The only new player of note that they brought in was SS Edgar Renteria, as they locked up their talent by signing their young studs of pitcher Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo, MVP Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce. The offense should be solid again, but their pitching only ranked 12th in the NL in team ERA and that is the Reds’ main concern.
The Dodgers (+1200), Rockies (+1500), and Cardinals (+1500) may be in the mix, as L.A. and Colorado have a lot of young talent and St. Louis still has Albert Pujols, but will his contract issues be a distraction this season? On top of that the loss of St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright may really hurt the Cardinals chances to get out of the tough NL Central.
Here are the odds to win the NL Pennant at Betonline.com. as of Sept 1, 2011.
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers 5-19
The Giants beat the Dodgers last night 8-5 and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Bodog has the Dodgers as a -130 favorite tonight facing a Giants pitcher that has yet to win this season.
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