The Florida Marlins are off to a torrid start.
They have the best record in all of baseball at 11-3. Their rotation is the envy of all other NL general managers. They have brilliant young stars and they even have superstition on their side. Their last two World Series wins? 2003 and 1997. 1997, 2003 and 2009. Perfect symmetry.
The bookmakers have yet to wake up to the potential of the Marlin, you can still back them to win the World Series at stand out odds of 22/1 with some stores. The thing is, why bother risk the Marlins coming undone against a veteran, deep AL lineup like the Angels, Red Sox or Yankees? Imagine you placed five hard earned dollars on them at 22/1, only for them to fall at the final hurdle. Wouldn't it make way more sense to back them to win the National League? You can do that at odds of up to 10/1, although most bookmakers have them tabbed around the 8/1 mark. Still a tasty price.
Who in the NL is fit to stop them? The woefully inept Mets? The rebuilt and still awful Braves? The Phillies? Give me a break, the Phillies had their fun and are busy imploding as we speak. The Dodgers? Sorry, bad joke, I know.
You can break it down even further of course, and back the powerful, talented and pitching-deep Marlins (no other NL team has 6-7 starting pitchers as good as Florida) to win the NL East at odds of 2, 3 and even 4 to one in some places. That might be the strongest, easiest bet of the three.
Either way, take a nibble at any of those options, and you are at the very least going to get a very decent run for your money.
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