MLB Picks: AL Futures Predictions, Undervalued Sleepers & Top Choices

Ross Benjamin

Monday, February 23, 2015 8:05 PM GMT

Our MLB betting consultant shares his early American League futures selection in this extremely informative article. It’s never too early to prepare yourself for the upcoming 2015 MLB wagering campaign.

Our MLB betting consultant shares his early American League futures MLB odds selection in this extremely informative article. It’s never too early to prepare yourself for the upcoming 2015 MLB wagering campaign.

 

My Personal Favorites
Boston Red Sox (8/1):
You would be hard pressed to find a more imposing American League top six hitters in the batting order, than Boston will project to have in 2015. Shane, Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, and Mike Napoli will certainly cause a lot of sleepless nights for opposing pitching coaches. If Cuban refugee Rusney Castillo can build upon the impressive small sample size he displayed last September, there’s no telling how good this lineup can be. The starting pitching rotation isn’t great, but has the potential be if Clay Buchholz is able to recapture the form he showed two seasons ago.

Kansas City Royals (14/1): This may be the best American League futures betting value. Especially if you believe their successful run to the 2014 World Series was no fluke. The starting pitching rotation is better than the Red Sox, and the addition of Edinson Volquez in the offseason gives them another power arm. Once again the Royals will possess a plethora of speed throughout the lineup, and the acquisition of Alex Rios from Texas will give them some much needed additional power. The bullpen has remained virtually intact from a season ago, and we witnessed how collectively talented they are during the 2014 postseason.

 

Best of the Rest
Los Angeles Angels (18/5):
Strong top three in the starting rotation, and a very balanced batting order. They’ll have to survive without Josh Hamilton to start the season, although he’s coming off a brutal year by his standards. I’m not sold on Huston Street as being a big time closer.

Baltimore Orioles (10/1): I’m not impressed with the starting pitching rotation, but love Zach Britton as a closer. Baltimore will be able to generate plenty of offense, and they’ll need to if they hope to be a serious contender.

Detroit Tigers (15/2): Similar to the Angels, the top end of their pitching rotation of David Price, Justin Verlander, and Annibal Sanchez is their strength. I have some doubts about Joe Nathan as a closer at this juncture of his career. The top half of the Tigers batting order will create headaches for any opposing pitching staff. While the bottom portion of the lineup leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Overvalued Teams
New York Yankess (15/1)

Oakland A’s (18/1)

 

Divisional Futures Predictions

AL East: Boston Red Sox (+200)

AL Central: Kansas City Royals (+450)

AL West: Los Angeles Angels (+160)