With one more month to go, the National League playoff picture is starting to take shape. Entering Sunday’s action, the division leaders are all at least 3.5 games ahead of their closest competitor, and even the two Wild Card teams (Pirates and Cubs) have a comfortable lead against the Giants (currently 4.5 games behind the Cubs for the final Wild Card spot).
Not only are those top five teams in the NL winning, but they are winning big. Runline players have been cleaning up over the last few weeks backing these teams while getting a favorable payout laying a run and a half.
The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games, with all six victories coming by at least two runs. Pittsburgh has won 10 of their last 12 games overall, with seven of those ten victories coming by at least two runs.
Chicago has cooled off a bit, losing four straight heading into Sunday, however we can give them a pass due to their 21-4 winning streak just prior to that four-game skid. And again, we find runline players cleaning up at the most online sportsbook as the Cubs won by at least two runs in 16 of those 21 victories.
The LA Dodgers are our pick to come out of the National League, and they are heating up with five straight wins entering Sunday. That includes a pair of wins over the streaking Cubs this weekend, and of those five wins four of them have come by at least two runs.
The New York Mets are the final team in the top five, and they too have performed well for MLB runline bettors. The Mets have won seven of their last nine games overall with six of those seven victories coming by at least two runs.
Remember, even if our team loses the game outright, we are still laying a smaller price than we would betting them on the MLB moneyline. This trend of the NL contenders not only winning at a high percentage, but winning by margins of 2+ runs is a trend that should continue until these teams lock up their playoff spot and begin to rest their starters.
We’ll be back next week with a look at the American League Playoff contenders and see how they are performing from an MLB betting runline standpoint.