2013 AL Pennant
The Detroit Tigers fell short in last year's World Series, but they've been one of the best teams in baseball again in 2013. You can find them at +220 to win the American League for your MLB Picks.
We all know how special Miguel Cabrera is, but throw in guys like Prince Fielder, Torii Hunter, and Victor Martinez and you've got yourself a special offense. Martinez especially has been on fire over the second half of the season.
On the pitching side of things, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez both have sub-3.00 ERAs and Justin Verlander and Doug Fister haven't been too shabby either. This team has a great balance and should go deep in the playoffs again this season.
The Boston Red Sox (+375) are holding the second spot on the futures list in the American League. What a job John Farrell has done in his first year in charge of the ballclub, but there are question marks about if that pitching staff can match up to the best of the best elsewhere in baseball.
The three other legitimate contenders in the AL are the Tampa Bay Rays (+500), Texas Rangers (+500), and Oakland Athletics (+650).
The Rays, three games back of the Red Sox in the division, will have to fight off a few other teams in order to grab one of those Wild Card spots, but they're certainly in a good position right now.
Texas may represent one of the better values of the list though. The Rangers have an excellent trio of Yu Darvish, Matt Garza, and Derek Holland atop their rotation, and even without Nelson Cruz they've been scoring plenty of runs.
As for Oakland, they've been slowly and steadily wining games throughout the season, but do they really have enough talent to get the job done in October?
Rounding out the list are the Baltimore Orioles (+1200), New York Yankees (+1200), Cleveland Indians (+1800), and Kansas City Royals (+4000).
2013 NL Pennant
There's a new king in town and it's the Los Angeles Dodgers.
No team has been better over the last few months and now it's the Dodgers that are the favorites to emerge out of the National League and represent in the World Series. They're at +160 to do just that.
If you're any other NL club, you're terrified to be matched up with L.A. in the postseason. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ricky Nolasco? Good luck topping that.
Second place no the NL Pennant list is the Atlanta Braves, listed at +300. The Braves have been getting it done all year long and their insanely good 46-18 home record has been the catalyst for their impressive season. At time of this writing they had a 13-game lead on Washington in the NL East.
Pitching has been Atlanta's strong suit, with Alex Wood providing a spark for a rotation that was already getting quality innings out of the likes of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, and Kris Medlen. And don't forget about Craig Kimbrel, who's recorded 42 saves with a 0.99 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
Up next we've got the St. Louis Cardinals at +350 on the MLB odds board, followed closely by the Pittsburgh Pirates at +500.
These two teams are fighting it out for the top spot in the NL Central and this race could come down to the final day of the regular season. That's how tight things are right now.
The Cardinals have the right mix of talent and experience to make another serious run in October, while it doesn't look like the Pirates are going anywhere.
Also on the list at most sportsbooks are the Cincinnati Reds (+650), Arizona Diamondbacks (+4000), and Washington Nationals (+5000).