8/20 Update on AL East Stats & MLB Betting Advice

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:23 AM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 7:23 AM UTC

At this point in the MLB season, each game is very important and teams are more motivated than ever. Inspect the current standing of the AL East here to improve your MLB betting. 

The American League is the home of the team to use for MLB picks and two of the finest ‘play against’ clubs for sports picks. I said back in late April, this was not a good group and I was accurate.

Nevertheless, sportsbooks are still making betting odds and MLB handicappers are still making daily projections, thus I will do some of my own forecasting about the AL East.


Baltimore Orioles
Back on June 10th, Baltimore stood at 32-31, in a second place tie with New York in the division, trailing Toronto by four games. Since that time the Orioles have flown to take a commanding eight-game lead in the loss column over the Yankees, who are their closest competitor.

The Birds are 40-21 since that day and are playing like a team which should be seriously considered for an AL title. Baltimore offense has moved into the top eight in baseball (4.3 runs per game) and only they, Oakland and Washington are in the Top 10 in runs scored and fewest runs allowed.

Baltimore needs to keep grinding and finding little elements to improve on and facing a schedule of weaker division foes, plus Minnesota, Cincinnati and the Cubs, the O’s should continue to be the best bet in baseball and might end with home field advantage in the playoffs.


New York Yankees
After winning five of six earlier in August, the Yankees gave their faithful hope they could take a series run at the wild card at least, but like a trip to the local gentlemen’s club, New York proved to be a tease and lost their next five outings.

To place the Yanks season into proper perspective, their run differential of -40 is most similar to Minnesota (-45) who has a 55-69 record, not a 63-60 mark.

For all their apparent flaws, New York still only trails Detroit by four games for the final wild card spot and they will face them three more times in the Motor City next week. Manager Joe Girardi’s squad has many winnable series left, but they to take care of business and still face Kansas City (four games) and Baltimore (7).


Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have been grounded, lacking enough starting pitching, having the No. 12 bullpen in the AL in several key areas and injuries that took too many bats out of the lineup.

Toronto is 4-12 this month (-9.35 units) with no help on the way and six games behind Detroit for the last wild card slot. The Jays will have a steady diet of Tampa Bay, Boston and the Yankees in their next five series, but being just 33-30 (-5.8) as a favorite against the MLB odds, does not sound like a winning proposition.


Tampa Bay Rays
After a tremendous five-week run, as expected, Tampa Bay leveled off and is 8-9 in August. Credit Joe Maddon even bringing this team close to .500, wringing out every last bit of talent out of this group.

Other than seven battles with Baltimore left, the Rays will be facing teams similar to themselves and chances are they will be what they are against them, a .500 club.


Boston Red Sox
As Boston plays out the string for 2014, it would be best to follow their tendencies. The Red Sox are a weaker play on the road at -6.4 units (27-34) and definite play against material at Fenway Park at -17.8 units.

With 28 remaining tilts versus opponents with still relevant playoff aspirations, betting against Boston is the best move to make

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