Cardinals Odds to Hold Off the Cubs in the NL Central
a little under a month to go in the 2019 Major League Baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals sit atop the NL Central. For the first time since early May, the Cardinals are the favorites to win the division. On the back of a phenomenal team showing in the month of August, the Cards ride a 19-5 streak in their last 24 games into early September. As we know, sport, like betting, is all about getting hot at just the right time.
The Cards incredible pitching staff, alongside a ferocious defense, has propelled them to the top of the standings. Sliding themselves right past the vaunted Chicago Cubs. The surging Cardinals hold a slight three game lead into September. Moreover, the St.Louis Cardinals odds of winning the NL Central are now +100. Having just retaken the division lead, it appears Vegas is firmly in the Cardinals corner. August was the best month of St. Louis season so far, setting the team up to be another classic fall MLB story. Chicago sits just 12-12 in their last 24 and face an uphill clilmb in the last month of the season. The race is far from over, but with the Cubs in a tailspin it appears the division crown is the Cardinals to lose.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is at the heart of the Cardinals resurgence. Acquired from the Diamondbacks in an early December trade, the slugger has impressed in the final year of his contract. The 34 year old enters this week smashing the ball out of the park, while hitting 29 home runs. Look for the Cardinals to continue hitting home runs well into the fall. Now, the Cards may not have the bats the New York Yankees or upstart Atlanta Braves do.
The Defense and Timely Hitting Have Put the Cardinals Odds On Top of the NL Central Mountain
However, they may be Major League Baseball’s most fundamentally sound squad. The Cards lead the major leagues in fewest errors and own the best fielding percentage (.988) in baseball. Pitching and defense wins baseball games in the fall. With their fantastic pitching depth leading the way, the St. Louis Cardinals are a fantastic bet to win the NL Central and go deep in the playoffs.
Defense wins championships, in any sport. The Cardinals sit atop the Majors with a .988 fielding percentage. Soaring through the standings like their namesake has only been possible because of the Cardinals en fuego pitching staff. Nothing but scorching hot fire has been coming off the arms of Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson since the All-star break. Flaherty has been wholly impressive compiling an undefeated record, and allowing opponents to bat just .152 against him. The bullpen has even gotten in on the fun. Ranking second in baseball in ERA, saves, and winning percentage since the All-Star game. St. Louis has gotten hot at the right time. If this team is able to ride the momentum of an outstanding August all the way into the playoffs, anything can happen. Countless times throughout sporting history teams have gotten hot at just the right moment, riding the wave to a Championship season. Bet on the St. Louis Cardinals to continue that trend.
The St. Louis Cardinals odds of winning the 2019 World Series currently sit at +2200. If you believe in old-school pitching and defense, betting on the Cardinals is for you. In this age of wonky baseball’s and historic home run numbers, the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series would be poetic justice. The NL Central crown may come down to the very last weekend of the season. As the Cards and Cubs will battle it out a total of seven times in September. Whoever takes the series win should come out on top and waltz into the playoffs. My money’s on St. Louis. Hold on tight Cardinals fans, it could be a wild October.