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NL Central Predictions, Odds and Expert Picks for the 2021 MLB Season on FanDuel Sportsbook

Isaiah De Los Santos
NL Central predictions, expert picks, projections and odds for the 2021 MLB season.
NL Central predictions, expert picks, projections and odds for the 2021 MLB season. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Spring Training is underway and the 2021 MLB season is rapidly approaching. There's been no shortage of drama this offseason, and baseball fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that we have games to focus on, and the on-field product is once again the center of attention.

The 2021 World Series race is wide open, but some early favorites stand out in the field, according to MLB odds from FanDuel Sportsbook: the Los Angeles Dodgers (+400), New York Yankees (+550) and Atlanta Braves (+900). Before they worry about the World Series, though, teams need to focus on the regular season and take care of their division.

With that in mind, here is how industry experts see the National League Central shaping up in 2021.

Picks to Win the National League Central

Predictions from USA Today come from their panel of six experts, PECOTA projections come from Baseball Prospectus, and Clay Davenport (who co-founded Baseball Prospectus) projections come from his personal websiteFanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of March 15, 2021.

USA Today: St. Louis Cardinals
PECOTA: Milwaukee Brewers
Clay Davenport: Cincinnati Reds
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Cardinals (-105)

The pick is nowhere near unanimous here. The St. Louis Cardinals earned two nods from the experts, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds earned picks as well, showing no clear favorite.

St. Louis Cardinals Predictions 2021

USA Today: 90-72
PECOTA: 80-82
Clay Davenport: 80-82
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 86
Odds to Win the NL Central: -105

USA Today and FanDuel Sportsbook seem to be much more bullish on the Cardinals' outlook heading into the 2021 season than the other sources, although the Nolan Arenado trade is hard to ignore.

Milwaukee Brewers Predictions 2021

USA Today: 83-79
PECOTA: 90-72
Clay Davenport: 80-82
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 82
Odds to Win the NL Central: +340

PECOTA is projecting a serious bounce-back season for Milwaukee, while Clay Davenport has the Brewers playing just under .500 ball in 2021.

Cincinnati Reds Predictions 2021

USA Today: 79-83
PECOTA: 79-83
Clay Davenport: 82-80
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 81.5
Odds to Win the NL Central: +330

The Cincinnati Reds could be a sneaky division winner, with Clay Davenport seeing them rise above the other teams to capture the division and FanDuel Sportsbook giving them the second-best odds to win the NL Central.

Chicago Cubs Predictions 2021

USA Today: 82-80
PECOTA: 85-77
Clay Davenport: 80-82
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 78.5
Odds to Win the NL Central: +500

Despite not getting a pick to win the division, the projections still aren't counting out the Chicago Cubs.

Pittsburgh Pirates Predictions 2021

USA Today: 57-105
PECOTA: 62-100
Clay Davenport: 63-99
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 58.5
Odds to Win the NL Central: +10000

It would be an utter shock for the Pittsburgh Pirates to take home the NL division crown in 2021, with the team being the unanimous last-place finisher according to the experts.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.