MLB AL West Betting Lines

Entering the 2016 MLB season, the only AL West team not to stake claim in a division championship the past 10 years are the Seattle Mariners. Seattle has been fighting an uphill battle for years to get back to the playoffs and they’ve watched their three-long time rivals from Oakland, Los Angeles, and Texas all experience varying levels of success. The Houston Astros are the fifth team in the division, but they only entered the division at the start of the 2013 season and were in the midst of a major rebuilding project at the time. [+]

The future prospects for the Mariners and Astros are on the uptake though and they are a big part of why MLB AL West betting odds are arguably the ones filled with the most parity the past handful of years.

MLB AL West Scores And Standings

You can also see if Seattle and/or Houston has begun to make their climb up the MLB AL West standings yet by looking below. It list the current standings within the division and is a solid tool for handicappers to be aware of each day.

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# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 95 66 29 512 350 0.695
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 92 61 31 481 347 0.663
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 93 48 45 367 353 0.516
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 92 42 50 406 449 0.457
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 94 26 68 334 494 0.277
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 92 50 42 472 393 0.543
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 91 42 49 396 413 0.462
3 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 95 40 55 379 441 0.421
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 92 31 61 365 498 0.337
5 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 92 26 66 325 511 0.283
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 96 62 34 485 305 0.646
2 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 94 58 36 401 396 0.617
3 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 94 53 41 438 413 0.564
4 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 94 48 46 415 389 0.511
5 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 94 40 54 414 476 0.426
NL - East
1 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 92 52 40 404 381 0.565
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 91 51 40 450 382 0.560
3 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 95 39 56 364 484 0.411
4 New York Mets New York Mets 91 37 54 351 419 0.407
NL - Central
1 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 94 55 39 414 355 0.585
2 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 90 52 38 453 348 0.578
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 91 47 44 404 381 0.516
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 93 44 49 403 438 0.473
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 93 41 52 440 484 0.441
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 93 51 42 441 361 0.548
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 94 51 43 415 372 0.543
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 93 48 45 449 457 0.516
4 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 95 49 46 387 414 0.516
5 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 96 40 56 351 442 0.417

Bet On MLB AL West Games

The AL West doesn’t always get the full exposure they deserve because of mainstream media’s “West Coast bias.” The five teams in this division were largely thought of in passing during nightly highlight shows etc, until Mike Trout showed up in an Angels uniform in 2011. Trout has become one of the faces of MLB since his arrival, and the level of his success typically determines how good the L.A Angels are each year.

The Angels are arguably the most popular team in the AL West because of Trout (and the city they play in), but management has really struggled putting numerous quality players around their franchise star. L.A was able to bring in Albert Pujols to begin that process, but Pujols is at the tail end of his career. Besides that, it’s been a revolving door of puzzle pieces trying to fit in place on the Angels roster. The team did win the division in 2014, but they were promptly swept out of the ALDS.

Betting-wise, you know that the Oakland Athletics will always be out there looking to build an analytically-based team on the cheap, and the Texas Rangers prefer to have sluggers littered throughout their lineup to take advantage of their hitter’s ballpark.

However, it’s the Astros and Mariners that bettors should be ready and willing to get behind in the coming years. These two franchises have slowly been putting talented, young rosters together and hope that they’ll experience increased levels of success as they grow. Bettors should not be surprised to see Seattle and Houston trading AL West titles back and forth until the early 2020’s.