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NL East Predictions, Odds and Expert Picks for the 2022 MLB Season on FanDuel Sportsbook

Adam Taylor McKillop
NL East predictions, expert picks, projections and odds for the 2022 MLB season.
NL East predictions, expert picks, projections and odds for the 2022 MLB season. / Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Training is coming to an end and the 2022 MLB season is rapidly approaching. There's been no shortage of drama and stoppages this offseason, and baseball fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that we only have games to focus on.

The 2022 World Series race is wide open outside of the Los Angeles Dodgers (+470), but some early favorites stand out in the field, according to MLB odds from FanDuel Sportsbook. The Toronto Blue Jays (+950), Chicago White Sox (+1000), Houston Astros (+1000) and New York Mets (+1100) are all considered legitimate contenders.

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 2022.

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 websiteFanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of March 30, 2022.

USA Today: Atlanta Braves
PECOTA: New York Mets
Clay Davenport: Atlanta Braves
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Mets (+140)

The pick is split down the middle here. USA Today and Clay Davenport like the Atlanta Braves to take home the division crown as they look to repeat as World Champs. The other two sources side with the New York Mets after a fierce offseason spending spree.

New York Mets Predictions 2022

USA Today: 89-73
PECOTA: 91-71
Clay Davenport: 78-84
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 91.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +140

Clay Davenport's projections are the most notable of this grouping. The other sources firmly believe the one-two punch of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom will help New York win at least 90 games and take home the division crown.

Atlanta Braves Predictions 2022

USA Today: 94-68
PECOTA: 91-71
Clay Davenport: 91-71
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 91.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +150

It's hard to imagine the Braves not taking a step forward with their improved bullpen and the swapping of Matt Olson in for Freddie Freeman. USA Today favors the Braves most heavily with a solid 94-win campaign.

Philadelphia Phillies Predictions 2022

USA Today: 87-75
PECOTA: 86-76
Clay Davenport: 85-77
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 86.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +400

The Phillies round out this projected three-team race. Philadelphia improved on offense and made tweaks to the pitching staff, hoping the bats can quiet some questions around outfield defense. The projections see Philadelphia making some noise, but finishing in third across the board.

Miami Marlins Predictions 2022

USA Today: 73-89
PECOTA: 78-84
Clay Davenport: 75-87
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 76.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +2000

There's a big jump down to the final two division spots. PECOTA projects the best finish for the Miami Marlins in 2022, but still as a sub-.500 team.

Washington Nationals Predictions 2022

USA Today: 70-92
PECOTA: 70-92
Clay Davenport: 74-88
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 69.5
Odds to Win the NL East: +5000

The Washington Nationals are the consensus basement team in this year's NL East. FanDuel Sportsbook predicts the team will struggle to even find 70 wins.

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