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Braves at 3-to-1 to win the NL East

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I just can't see how anyone would bet on baseball, but it happens... happens all the time. I guess some folks will bet on just about anything. I've never been into betting on baseball (or really any sport for that matter) because the outcomes are just so unpredictable -- I mean, the Rays vs. the Phillies!

That being said, the sportsbooks are giving us a pretty nice look early in the season:

The Atlanta Braves have moved back into the picture at least as far as the sportsbooks go.

The Braves are a 3/1 choice, but if they win it will be with almost an entirely new team than the one that Atlanta was used to winning with. John Smoltz is gone, but the good news for Braves fans is he was replaced with Derek Lowe.

The Mets are at 7/5 and the Phillies at 8/5, then the Braves, followed by the Marlins at 8/1 and the Nats at 25/1.

This post is by no means a promotion of gambling. Like I said above, I'm not a fan of sports gambling, but in the put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is department Vegas odds are a useful barometer of what the experts think about one team's chances over another. Right now, I like the Braves' odds.