The St. Louis Cardinals find themselves in a surprising dogfight with the Pittsburgh Pirates for first place in the NL Central standings – and in the entire Senior Circuit – heading into July, but they're atop the odds to win the NL Pennant at the sportsbooks.
A stumble over the past couple of weeks has put the Cardinals neck-and-neck with the surging Pirates in the NL Central standings, but the latest MLB futures at the sportsbooks still have St. Louis pegged as the 3/1 favorites to win the NL Pennant.
And they are not far behind in odds to win the World Series either, according to several online sportsbooks.
The Pirates, meanwhile, are back in fourth on that latest NL Pennant odds list with oddsmakers and bettors still waiting to see if they can sustain their recent high level of play.
Pittsburgh holds down 6/1 odds to win the National League Pennant, putting them behind the Cardinals, Atlanta Braves (17/4), and Cincinnati Reds (11/2) on that chart.
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