2017 Major League Baseball AL Outright Odds Update
There’s only around 45 days left in the season, so now’s the best time to check out those futures bets. If always better to wait till late to put in these kinds of plays, because you don’t have your money wrapped up for as long, and you get to see the direction of each team, and if they peak to early, or are a consistent side. Today, we’ll be looking at the American League outright odds, and update you on where they stand now.
AL World Series Futures Update
Currently, books have the Dodgers favored to win the World Series, but the AL teams are close behind with some fierce competition. The Astros (73-46) are at +500 at Sports Interaction to win it all. Despite their superb record, they’ve been in a slump recently, but it’s best to slump now, and slowly gain momentum again in September to be ready for the postseason. It’s rare a team can go on a tear like Houston has, and with their often under priced lines every night, the books knew they couldn’t keep it up longterm (unlike the Dodgers with their high priced lines).
The Red Sox (68-51) are right up there too at +700. They have competition in the AL East with the Yankees on their tail, but with Aroldis Chapman and Aaron Judge simply not delivering, Boston should maintain their lead. Even with a large turnaround, they are pretty much guarateed a spot in the postseason, but skipping the Wild Card game will be huge for them on their road to the W’s.
Next in the AL would be the Cleveland Indians (65-52). They currently sit at +750, and though very inconsistent with wins and losses, and hitting, their pitching has still been stellar. This team lost the World Series in 2016 by a single run and was up three games to one to a superstar Cubs team. Don’t count out the Indians! They most certainly won’t make it as far this season, but +750 is a ton of value for this squad. If you’re more into long shots, the New York Yankees are at a solid +1000, and Judge should be back to being his old home run swinging self.
Here are some other AL teams and their odds, however slim:
- Kansas City Royals: +3300
- Seattle Mariners: +6600
- Tampa Bay Rays: +6600
- Minnesota Twins: +7500
- Los Angeles Angels: +10000
- Baltimore Orioles: +10000
- Toronto Blue Jays: +10000
- Texas Rangers: +15000
- Detroit Tigers: +50000
AL Pennant and Wild Card
The World Series is pretty fun to bet on, but we’ve got futures on the AL Pennant we can look at too. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Houston Astros are favored to win it at +220. The BoSox and Indians are also at a respectable +275 and +300 respectively. New York sits at +500, but after that, teams fall off and it gets into long shot range with the Royals at +1200. Here’s the rest of the field:
- Tampa Bay Rays: +2800
- Seattle Mariners: +3300
- Toronto Blue Jays: +5000
- Baltimore Orioles: +5000
- Minnesota Twins: +5000
- Texas Rangers: +7500
- Los Angeles Angels: +7500
- Detroit Tigers: +20000
Of course, these odds depend on who’ll make it into the postseason to start with. Houston and Cleveland seem to have wrapped up their divisions, but the Yankees have a chance, albeit a small one to overtake Boston. Regardless, MLB has them at 74.8% to make the playoffs. We don’t think they’ll win the division, but they should be clinching a Wild Card spot.
The other Wild Card spot would go to the Angels right now, but the Royals, Rays, Twins, Rangers, Mariners, and Orioles are breathing down their neck. They’ve been playing very decent ball lately, especially with their mediocre pitching rotation, but are still getting the World Series.
Mike Trout’s also been MVP status this season. Even with him though, they need a more consistent pitching staff, because this one will surely regress soon…and hard. Steer clear from it this year, but maybe next year they’ll be a powerhouse team again.
If Edwin Diaz gets back into a groove, the Mariners might be able to surprise. The Royals, Rays, and Twins could get the other spot, but they have average teams, each with a huge weakness. No wonder the odds drop off like that. It’ll be hard enough to get a Wild Card spot, let alone win the Pennant, let alone the WS.
Want to get in on the action? Go to Sports Interaction and try your luck at these AL futures bets, on the Pennant and World Series. If you liked this article, be sure to share and comment below!
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