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 East shaping up in 2020.
Picks to Win the National League East
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 website. FanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of March 15, 2021.
USA Today: Atlanta Braves
PECOTA: New York Mets
Clay Davenport: New York Mets
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Mets (+130)
The pick is nearly unanimous here. USA Today likes the Braves to repeat as the division leader in 2021, but the other three sources all like the New York Mets to vault to the top of the standings.
New York Mets Predictions 2021
USA Today: 86-76
Clay Davenport: 93-69
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 91
Odds to Win the NL East: +130
In addition to being the only source not picking the Mets to win the NL East, USA Today also projects them for the lowest win total of the group by a sizable margin.
Atlanta Braves Predictions 2021
USA Today: 93-69
Clay Davenport: 89-73
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 91.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +140
The Braves have one of the widest range of projections in the division, being picked for anywhere from 82 to 93 wins. Despite trailing the Mets in the odds to win the division, their win total over/under is actually half a game higher.
Washington Nationals Predictions 2021
USA Today: 85-77
Clay Davenport: 89-73
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 84
Odds to Win the NL East: +650
There's sharp drop-off in the odds after the Mets and Braves, though all three projections call for the Washington Nationals turning in a respectable season, with anywhere from 84 to 89 wins.
Philadelphia Phillies Predictions 2021
USA Today: 83-79
Clay Davenport: 85-77
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 81.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +850
The Phillies make for team No. 4 in the NL East that all sources are projecting to secure a winning record, though nobody projects them to finish any higher than third in the division.
Miami Marlins Predictions 2021
USA Today: 75-87
Clay Davenport: 67-95
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 71.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +3500
The unanimous pick for the bottom spot in the NL East in 2021, none of the projections have the Marlins even coming close to sniffing a .500 record.
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