Milwaukee Brewers +700
The Brewers enter the break 2.5 games behind the Cubs with a 55-43 listing and have the fourth-best NL run differential at +49. Milwaukee has two starting pitchers on the disabled list in Zach Davies and Jimmy Nelson, nevertheless has enabled the third-fewest runs in the NL (377). The Brewers might find a boost on the offensive side of the ball as they would be the front-runner in the odds to property Orioles standout Manny Machado.
Milwaukee has a yearlong crime and its two significant acquisitions in the offseason are carrying the load. The Brewers traded for Christian Yelich in January, and also the California native ranks third on the team using a .292 batting average and has been named to the NL all-star team. Similarly to Yelich, Lorenzo Cain combined Milwaukee at the offseason, signing a $80-million contract, and has also been named to the NL all-star team. Cain’s batting average is one percentage point better than Yelich’s at .293 however he paths in OPS .823 into .820. Aside from both new players, Jesus Aguilar is leading the NL with 24 home runs and is currently third in RBIs with 70.
The Brewers have some work to do if they want to capture the Cubs in the NL Central Division. However, both offseason acquisitions have hit their stride. Late-season comebacks for a few starting pitchers and a potential huge trade with the Orioles and this bar could be poised to snag the NL pennant.