The front runner in the National League wild card race, a perennial contender by every measure, will try their luck against the hottest team in baseball this weekend, when the St. Louis Cardinals play host to the Atlanta Braves. It’s a late season pairing with significant World Series futures implications.
While the Braves currently sit front and center in the National League standings, even further along than the equally scalding Los Angeles Dodgers, they’re just the third team listed on the MLB futures with 13/2 odds of winning the World Series.
Now it’s only reasonable to be cautious with any long-term baseball betting strategy considering the handful of legitimate contenders atop the sportsbook, but the Braves have won 18 of their past 21 dating back to late July, a torrid streak that has experts reconsidering where they stand among the MLB elite.
Other franchises like the Cardinals, historically dominant ones, sit further down the futures list with 10/1 MLB odds.
When the Cards and Braves clash over the weekend, fans won’t get a guaranteed look at who will ultimately come out of the National League, but since it certainly appears as if both will be playing in October, it’s a matchup worth taking notes on.