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June 6, 2023

We are past the one-third mark of the MLB season, and clear division favorites have taken shape. But what about potential value plays on teams that could make their run‍♂️ later in the season?

So we brought in our favorite baseball expert Ariel Epstein to get her thoughts on which non-MLB division favorites you should be eyeing right now.

Cubs to win NL Central: +900
Epstein: “Both Central divisions are the most dangerous ☠️ for the favorites. The Cubs have the most reliable lineup in the division. Chicago just needs to get Justin Steele and Cody Bellinger healthy. The addition of Dansby Swanson is huge and I do like their starting rotation, especially with how Marcus Stroman is pitching right now.”

Padres to win NL West: +700
Epstein: “The Padres are going to go on a heater at some point this season. Then it’s WATCH OUT! There’s no way a lineup with Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. stays inside the bottom 10 in OPS. The Padres have the seventh-best team ERA and third-best bullpen ERA.”