Several American League teams probably wish the All-Star break would have never occurred since they are on fire and hot choices for those generating MLB picks. Will they stay hot beginning Friday?
It's impossible to know for sure, nonetheless, the futures odds clearly illustrate what sportsbooks are thinking. Here is a look at the top contenders from the AL and the numbers are courtesy of 5Dimes.
Oakland made the major move to upgrade the starting pitching and strengthened their hold as the team to beat in the AL at +255. The Athletics have been a great baseball pick when at home (30-15) or away (29-21) and will be carrying even more baggage on the MLB odds, especially as favorites, being 57-23 (+24.7 units). It probably will not happen a lot, but the A’s have been about as bad as anyone in baseball as underdogs at 2-13 this season. Still, hard not to like the best and most complete team under King Bud’s domain.
The Tigers betting odds are right on the heels of Oakland at +310 and for good reason. Except for the three-game hiccup against Tampa Bay this month, Detroit is 17-6 since June 19 and fulfilling preseason prognostications. If Justin Verlander can get fixed and Victor Martinez can regain his health, the Tigers are built for a short series and can return to World Series.
Room with a View
While the Dodgers steal many of the headlines for good or bad reasons, baseball handicappers and those making sports picks are cashing with amazing regularity with the L.A. Angels. The Halos are 19-4 since June 20 and big bettors are starting to feel like hedge fund managers backing Mike Scioscia’s. At the break, the club from Anaheim has the top offense in all of baseball at 5.1 runs per contest and is second only to Oakland in run differential. At +550, a solid middle range wager.
First Floor by the Pool
Similar to Milwaukee in the National League, Toronto (+860) was gasping for air and has lost 10 of 14. The Blue Jays once potent offense has disappeared, only scoring more than four runs three times in this unsightly stretch. Toronto has become an ordinary outfit and not worthy of being bet on for futures.
One team which has shot up is Baltimore (+950) and they have taken command of the AL East. The best qualities of the Orioles is they can win on the road (26-19), hit right-handed starters with regularity (39-29) and are not going to be out-managed with Buck Showalter on the bench. Of the three teams in this group, the O’s by far the best choice.
Sportsbooks must find Yankees bettors to be like lemmings this year, because why else would New York (+1050) even be considered with a -37 run differential and now without their top pitching asset in Masahiro Tanaka. I cannot see this team in the playoffs, let alone becoming league champions.
After a sensational push, Seattle was exposed with their 12th ranked AL offense. The Mariners pitching is still fantastic in the AL, but they need to score more runs to be taken seriously, which is why they have fallen to +1400. Right now Seattle makes the playoffs, but 29 of their remaining 67 contests are against first place teams and the Angels.