MLB American League Betting Lines

Thrilling fans for over a century should grant any sports league a Senior status. That’s not the case with MLB American League betting lines though as they are still a “Junior” to the National League odds. Established a quarter century after the NL, the Western Baseball League morphed into the American League when it was formed with eight teams in 1901. To level the AL and NL, at 15 squads a side, the Houston Astros moved from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013.

Odds On MLB American League Games

Considering teams can play over 200 matches a year, Boston played 206 contests en route to their improbable 2004 MLB World Series Championship, there are a plethora of odds on MLB American League games. Those numbers include some 30 preseason primers, 162 regular season tilts and up to 20 playoff battles per team. Check the lines on any MLB contest with our LIVE odds feed below.

MLB
MLB
playoff - week-2
Match day
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 09 October
FT Houston Astros 5 - 4 Boston Red Sox -119 +114 Odds
FT Nationals 1 - 2 Chicago Cubs -106 +102 Odds
FT Cleveland Indians 3 - 7 New York Yankees +148 -152 Odds
FT Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - 1 Diamondbacks -112 +105 Odds
Tuesday 10 October
Ppd Nationals 17:30 Chicago Cubs +152 -154 Odds
Wednesday 11 October
FT Nationals 5 - 0 Chicago Cubs -109 -101 Odds
FT New York Yankees 5 - 2 Cleveland Indians +175 -175 Odds
Thursday 12 October
FT Chicago Cubs 9 - 8 Nationals -111 +106 Odds
Friday 13 October
New York Yankees 20:00 Houston Astros +166 -175 Odds
Saturday 14 October
New York Yankees 16:00 Houston Astros

MLB American League Scores And Standings

Compared to the NBA, NFL and NHL North American “Big Four” sports, the pace of play is slower when the Boys of Summer hit the playing field. That said, the action is always running hot as scores and standings change fast during the 162 game MLB American League regular season race. In-play match results are updated in real time above and our AL/NL rankings table is always current below. 

MLB
MLB
# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395

Bet On American League Games

Home to some of the greatest hitters in history, legends like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth come to mind, the American League (AL) has always been known more for their batting than pitching. That reputation was bolstered when the AL adopted the Designated Hitter rule back in 1973. From 1901 to 1972, the National League held a 33-29-10 advantage for overall season batting average. From 1973 to 2016, the Junior circuit hit better every year. Over four campaigns from 2013 to 2016, with the two leagues balanced at 15 squads each, AL teams produced 2,235 more runs than the NL did.

While those numbers are not an “end all – be all” they are worth noting when betting on American League games at a baseball sportsbook veteran like Bodog. Bettors also need to remember that the DH rule affects Interleague games as pitchers from both teams bat in National League parks and the NL adds a DH to the lineup during trips to American League sites. Those rules stay in place once the World Series begins which should give the AL some extra incentive to post a better regular season mark. That is due to Home Field advantage no longer being decided during the Midsummer Classic.

Top Major League Baseball Sportsbook Betting Sites

Speaking of the MLB All-Star Game, the overall record in that American League vs National League duel was spilt almost evenly over the first 87 contests as the NL holds a 43-42-2 mark through the 2016 match. The end of that run was lopsided though and CSB top rated sportsbooks paid out a lot of dough to AL backers as the Junior Circuit went 16-3-1 from 1997 to 2016. The AL outscored the NL by a 96-72 margin during those 20 contests. That’s definitely food for handicapping thought once the MLB Midsummer Classic takes center stage during the second week of July each season.

Regardless of the league bettors wager on, there’s no denying that online bookmakers give Canuck ‘Cappers an edge over the house favouring out-dated options served up by Provincial Sports Lottery groups. That debate can be started and ended by simply stating that online sportsbooks allow single game bets on baseball action everyday – while the lottery schemes do not. From MLB futures bets, to Spring Training contests and the 162-game regular season schedule, plus four rounds of thrilling playoff battles, offshore betting houses always give hardball bettors more bang for their buck. Our CSB recommended list below presents some of the best baseball wagering websites on the planet.