MLB Futures Odds: American League Best Bets
by CarbonSports - 7/19/2014
With the down time during the All-Star break, there is no better time than now to look at some MLB future bets to get down on the rest of the way. We've got more than half the season of information to draw on to make these predictions and knowing which teams are on their way to being sellers and which will be buyers in the coming weeks helps a lot. I'm beginning with the American League, so let's dive right in.
Picks #1 and #2: L.A Angels to win AL West (+120) and AL Pennant (+600)
After a couple of years of playing well below expectations, the Angels appear to have finally figured things out. They've got a future MLB in Mike Trout lighting things up, a past MVP in Albert Pujols contributing like we know he can, and a young, emerging star on the mound in Garrett Richards. L.A has won 27 of their last 37 games overall as their shaky bullpen is starting to settle down and fixing a bullpen is one of the easier things to do for a team at the trade deadline.
L.A may currently be 2nd in the West, behind Oakland, but they've got the 2nd best record in all of baseball (behind Oakland) and currently trail the A's by 1.5 games. This is the Halos team everyone expected to see when they made huge off-season moves for Pujols, Hamilton, Wilson etc, and this might be the year it finally all pays off. Mike Trout is the front-runner for the AL MVP this season as he is producing in every area on the diamond at an astonishing rate. He tried to carry this team on his back a season ago, but now that he's got help from the other high-priced sluggers, the Angels are a force to be reckoned with.
The Angels 32-15 SU record at home proves that, and although they would be at home in the wildcard game if everything holds as is, this Angels team does not want to take that chance. They know how important winning the division is as the AL West winner will likely have home field advantage throughout the playoffs thanks to having the best record. They've got the talent to go all the way and with both of these bets coming in at + money, I think you have to get down on both.
Pick #3: Baltimore Orioles to win AL East (-120)
The Orioles finished the first half of the season on a great surge as they turned a 5.5-game deficit at the beginning of June into a 4-game lead in the division by the All-Star break.
Offensively, Baltimore is one of the better hitting teams in the AL, and although their pitching can be shaky at times, they've got a strong bullpen to back them up. The Orioles bats can erase a lot of mistakes as well playing in that hitter-friendly park as they've established themselves as the most consistent team in the division.
Toronto is 2nd right now but they are missing a few of their big bats in Encarnacion, Lawrie, and Lind and their pitching staff just doesn't cut it in terms of depth. The Jays were on fire in May when everything was going right for them, but since then not much has gone right and they are looking like another failed contender this season.
New York has been on borrowed time for quite awhile now and with Tanaka on the DL and possibly done for the year, New York doesn't have the pitching to be a serious contender either. They are an old team who's better days are behind them.
Finally, we've got Tampa and Boston who are both 9.5 games out right now and are likely going to be sellers at the deadline. Both teams will be going through a mini-rebuild as they try to reload for next year, but they are too far back right now in this division to make a series run at it.
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