Marlins And Braves Bets Look Good In First Week Of Season
The Florida Marlins and the Atlanta Braves are not the first two teams that analysts talk about when it comes to the National League East. The Mets and Phillies get that distinction, but it may be the Braves and Marlins who are emerge as the best teams in the division.
Any gamblers who placed season win total bets and took the over for Atlanta and Florida have to be happy with what has transpired in the first series of the year. The Marlins opened the season with a series sweep and the Braves took two of three from the defending champion Phillies..
Of course, one series does not make a playoff team. Especially in baseball where the teams play 159 more games each. What the opening series' did prove, however, was that neither the Braves or Marlins appear ready to concede the division title to the Mets or Phillies.
Philadelphia is coming off a season in which they won a World Series title. They certainly played two of the first three games of 2009 as though they had a championship hangover.
The Mets executed their off season plan to perfection as evidenced by their first win of the year on opening day. Johan Santana was his usual stellar self, but more importantly, J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez did what they were signed to do. Putz pitched the eighth and Rodriguez the ninth in a 2-1 win over Cincinnati.
The season is only three days old, but already some important facts have been established in the National League East. The Mets and their revamped bullpen do not plan on blowing twenty seven leads this year. The Braves and Marlins do not plan on watching the Mets and Phillies run away with the division, and the Phillies had better plan on waking up sometime soon from their World series dream.
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