The National League is one of the two (along with the American
one) which make up the MLB, and with the new season very close to
starting, speculation about which teams are in with a realistic shot at
the pennant has been underway in earnest for weeks now. Those interested
in betting on the issue will have been placing future bets on the
winners for almost as long, but as there will be some who have not bet
yet, it is useful to know who the favourites are. There is no question
that the Washington Nationals are listed as pre-season favourites, with
odds of 7/2, but they certainly aren’t the only team in the running.
Many people consider the LA Dodgers to be just as realistic a shot for
the National League pennant this season, and you can get 7/2 on them at
some sports betting sites. They have spent massively to build a side
which can win, not just the West Division, or the National League, but
the World Series – and the strength of their LA rivals the Angels in the
AL will surely provide further motivation. Despite not having made any
real changes to their line-up the Cincinnati Reds are also expected to
be serious contenders for the National League this year – having won the
Central Division by nine points last year.
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predictions during the season, which is why it is sometimes wiser to
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We’re experimenting with having a live Minor League Game Thread here on opening day. So please feel free to post comments below as today’s minor league openers for all four of the A’s full-season affiliates unfold.
The Double-A Midland RockHounds are scheduled to kick off today’s action at 4:00pm Pacific/6:00pm Central, followed by the Class-A Beloit Snappers at 4:35pm Pacific/6:35pm Central, and then the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats and Class-A Stockton Ports at 7:05pm Pacific.
You can listen to broadcasts of all the games free of charge online via MiLB Gameday Audio at http://www.milb.com/milb/multimedia/audio.jsp. Broadcasts are also available on your iPad or iPhone via the MiLB.com app.
So be sure to check out all the minor league action and share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Thursday’s Opening Games – April 4th, 2013:
Las Vegas @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT
(Wheeler vs. Werner)
Midland @ NW Arkansas – 4:00pm PT / 6:00pm CT
(Smith vs. Arguelles)
Bakersfield @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT
(TBD vs. Granier)
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids – 4:35pm PT / 6:35pm CT
(Alcantara vs. Rogers)