MLB Betting: American League Wild Card Predictions

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Saturday, October 1, 2016 3:44 PM GMT

We are down to the last few days of the MLB season and if you are still doing baseball betting, you have options from teams still playing meaningful games as we head down the stretch.

 

 

As of September 28, this is what the AL Wild Card picture still looks like.

Toronto 87-70
Baltimore 85-72
Detroit 84-73
Seattle 83-74
Houston 83-75

 

At this moment, Kansas City still has a mathematical chance to return to playoffs, but for all realistic principles, the Royals will not defend their World Series crown.

I went over to A+ rated 5Dimes, where you can get a 50% Free Play bonus, to look at baseball futures for the American League and review the MLB odds and tried to determine what could happen the next several days.

 

Blue Jays in Driver's Seat


According to ESPN's odds, Toronto has a 96.6 percent chance to reach the postseason. The Blue Jays no doubt want to make sure they also host the Wild Card game and by beating Baltimore on Sept. 28 and 29, they can all but assure that happens, especially if Detroit were to lose once or twice.

If not, Toronto (+650 odds to win AL) is still in pretty good shape, but what those, making MLB picks, do not know is what Boston will be thinking, with this being the Jays next destination. The Red Sox are battling division winners Cleveland and Texas for home field in the AL and there has been little indication any of the teams are going all out to win.

 Orioles and Tigers To Duke it Out


Other than sweeping Arizona, Baltimore (+1350 odds) has been bumbling down the stretch and is closing the season at Toronto and at New York. They currently have a 61.3 percent chance of joining the playoff picture but need to find offense quick, since they have only scored more than three runs once since Sept.17th.

Detroit (+2000 odds) might be a game behind the Orioles, but have a real chance to possibly catch both the O's and the Blue Jays. The Tigers should be favored in all their remaining games, though they have really struggled with Cleveland (3-14). If they manage to win last two contests with the Indians, they travel to Atlanta, with the Braves 27-49 at home.

 

Seattle and Houston are Long Shots


These divisions rivals had one game against each other yesterday and with Seattle taking that one, the Astros limited chances at 2.3 percent go almost to zero, even if they were to sweep the Angels over the weekend.

The defeat at Houston would have taken Seattle (+3300 odds) below slim chances of 8.5 percent, but a win and a four-game home sweep of Oakland might force a sudden death encounter against someone ahead of them.