MLB American League Pennant Odds - Red Sox, Yankees Still Favored

American-League-Pennant-vegas-oddsWho will win the MLB American League Pennant in 2011?

Online horse betting players will often look at their ticket and figure out which horses will start to pull away from the pack, and you can do that in baseball as well as the second half of the season is getting ready to kick off. In the American League, sports betting lines have a familiar duo at the top of the list when it comes to favorites, while you can’t count out last year’s pennant winners either.

Boston Red Sox American League Pennant Odds listed at (+145) and the New York Yankees (+195) are the favorites to represent the American League in the World Series, which should be no surprise as they’ve won nine of the last 15 pennants, and two of the top three payrolls in baseball (Philadelphia sits in second between the Yankees and Red Sox). The American League East is so strong that the two will likely reach the post season (they’ve combined to win 11 of the 16 wild cards as well). Those who bet on MLB baseball odds watched the Red Sox get off to an awful start, but they’ve certainly picked up the pace and now have the second-best record in baseball. Meanwhile, the Yankees are battling injuries in all areas of their roster, but they’re still hanging around, just one game behind Boston, and they’re one of three teams, along with the Phillies and Red Sox, with a winning percentage above .600.

Last year’s winners from Texas (+400) are hanging around, as well as 2008 champions Tampa Bay (+900), and the Rangers have a real shot as they should be able to get to the playoffs by winning the West. However, the Rays need a lot of help as they are five games behind the Yankees in the wild-card race to start the second half, which means they’re going to have to get hot in a hurry. Even CFL betting players know that the second-place team in the East is going to get the wild card, and that should be the goal for the Rays.

The darkhorses to watch are Los Angeles (+1000) and Detroit (+1200), but the Angels may not have the bats to keep up with Texas in the West, even though they have a great one-two rotation punch in Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. On the other hand, outside of Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, Detroit’s pitching is terrible, but their offense is good enough to compete. These teams have to find a balance in order to put a scare into the top teams, but the winner of the American League will come from the top four teams, so those are the clubs to watch in your online sportsbook.

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