Vegas Odds On 2014 National League Division Series
The 2014 National League Division Series of Major League Baseball is a best of 5 series, including the 3 NL division winners and a wild-card squad. The Nationals topped the wild-card Giants in the 3rd game of their NLDS matchup, and San Francisco now holds a 2 - 1 lead going into game 4. The St. Louis Cardinals lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 2 - 1 in that NLDS tilt. The Nationals Bryce Harper became just the 4th player ever to total 3 or more postseason home runs before the age of 22, joining Mickey Mantle, Miguel Cabrera and Andruw Jones. The 2-run homer he hit in the 7th inning were the first runs for either team, and instrumental in the Nationals' victory.
2014 National League Division Matchups
The Washington Nationals will travel to San Francisco for a 9:07 PM game 4 matchup with the Giants Tuesday. The Nationals appear to have the pitching edge in game 4, with Gio Gonzalez scheduled to face off against the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong at AT&T Park. The St. Louis Cardinals also posted a 3 - 1 victory, winning game 3 against the Dodgers at home behind a Kolten Wong go-ahead 2-run homer in the 7th. Righty John Lackey got the win for the Cards, who play game 4 at home against LA at 5:07 PM Tuesday. The Dodgers hand the ball to Clayton Kershaw, but will be pitching on just 3 days rest.
About NL Division Series
Major League Baseball did not always have a National League Division Series playoff format. Beginning in 1981 because of a strike shortened season, the NLDS format was finally officially adopted in 1993 when Major League Baseball restructured both the American and National leagues into three divisions each. Up until 2013, the Atlanta Braves have led the way in the National League, appearing in 11 NLDS playoffs. On the other end of the spectrum, as mentioned above, the Pittsburgh Pirates have never played in a NLDS matchup, and recently the World Series representative from the National League has been more successful than its American League counterpart.
In the first 12 years of the 21st century, the National League Division Series winner has won seven World Series championships. And from 2006 to 2012, five of the seven World Series winners came from the senior circuit. National League Division playoff formatting pits the winner of the one-game, two team wild-card matchup against the National League division winner with the best seasonal record. The winner of that contest plays the victor from the matchup of the two remaining division winners, and those two teams play for the right to represent the National League in the MLB World Series.
Savvy gamblers looking to exploit Las Vegas odds on National League Division Series champions would be wise to check out a startling correlation between the winner of the All-Star game and that year's World Series champion. From 2003 to 2009 the American League won the All-Star game, giving its ALDS winner home-field advantage in the World Series. During that seven year stretch, the National League still won four of seven World Series titles. But more recently, the National League won the All-Star game and World Series home field advantage in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Those three years saw the National League sweep the World Series, with San Francisco taking two titles. This NLDS strength in recent years may or may not continue in the future, but is exactly the type of information you should consider when consulting the Vegas odds on NLDS playoffs.
Las Vegas NL League Division Series Betting Odds
Below is the most current Las Vegas odds on who will win the National League Division Series.
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