Braves Remain Favored to Win NL East on Would-Be Opening Day

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Opening Day odds to win the NL East still favor the Atlanta Braves. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Today's not a fun day for baseball fans. March 26 was originally scheduled to be Opening Day for the 2020 MLB season, but that has been pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This has been shaping up to be a fun season of baseball, and few divisions showcase that as much as the wide-open NL East. As of the originally scheduled Opening Day, the Braves are slim favorites to win the division in 2020, getting +185 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see the Braves as favorites, considering they won the division with a 97-65 record in 2019, return five of their six position-player leaders in wins above replacement (WAR), and added Marcell Ozuna in the outfield.

Their pitching staff remains impressive as well, with Mike Soroka looking to establish himself as a true ace after having a breakout season at 22 years old in 2019.

Trailing the Braves in the odds are the Washington Nationals (+250), New York Mets (+300) and Philadelphia Phillies (+330). The only team in the division that doesn't seem to have a legitimate shot at finishing in first is the Miami Marlins (+15000).

There's still time for these odds to shift before the season gets underway, but the Braves have the early lead on the group.

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