It’s no surprise that the three division leaders are currently the three top choices to win the American League Pennant according to this online sportsbook, but there are a number of solid MLB wagering opportunities when handicapping the AL Pennant future odds.
Kansas City has the best record in the American League at 64-44, and are currently +150 to represent the league in the World Series. The Royals made a big splash at the trade deadline, picking up Reds ace Johnny Cueto and have one of the best hitting teams in all of baseball.
Next up is the New York Yankees – 3 games behind KC for the best record in the AL and currently sitting atop the AL East Division. The Yankees are +300 to make it out of the American League – slightly better than AL West leader Houston at +350.
The Astros have surged in the past few weeks and have bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring former A’s pitcher, Scott Kazmir. The move has immediately paid dividends, with Kazmir giving up a total of 1 earned run in his three starts with Houston combined.
The team we like the most to come out of the American League isn’t one of the division leaders. Toronto landed perhaps the biggest blow of the trade deadline, getting David Price away from Detroit and the Blue Jays arguably have the best starting rotation in all of baseball.
Pitching – especially starting pitching – trumps all when it comes to the postseason, and with the Blue Jays surging in the standings thanks to their current six-game winning streak, we love the chances of Toronto going far in the postseason.
The Blue Jays are currently in the second AL Wild Card spot, just a half-game behind the LA Angels. Toronto is also within striking distance of the Yankees, who are 3.5 games ahead of them. If you also agree that Toronto is going to emerge as the team to beat, then make your MLB Future wager now before the odds change.
Toronto is currently a 4:1 underdog to come out of the American League at the online sportsbooks, and that number will certainly change if they move up in the standings.
Other notable contenders include the LA Angels at 5:1, Baltimore at 10:1, and Minnesota at 12:1 payouts. Texas is also a 12:1 longshot to win, and every other team currently has a record under .500, although there is still time to put together a winning streak and get back into the hunt.
We’ll be back next week to look at the National League Future Odds.