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Red Sox Atop MLB American League Odds

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The Boston Red Sox will enjoy a day off on Monday after completing a four-game road sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with Sunday’s 4-1 victory, further padding the best record in baseball and cementing the Red Sox’ position as +190 favorites on the odds to win the American League pennant this season.

With Sunday’s win, Boston maintains its lead atop the AL East standings, 9.5 games up on the second-place New York Yankees, and travels to Philadelphia for Tuesday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park riding an impressive 14-2 run over the club’s past 16 outings.

The Red Sox have been a model of consistency all season, losing more than two in a row on just one occasion, in late April, and are currently on pace to smash the franchise record for most regular season wins, set back in 1912 when the club posted 105 victories. However, it is their current roll that has finally lifted the Red Sox to favorites on the MLB American League odds, and to the top of the World Series odds, where they are perched as +350 chalk.

Boston opened the season sitting fourth on the AL futures at +600, and steadily climbed to +235 by the All-Star break, surpassing the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox also remained active ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, with the acquisitions of utility man Steve Pearce and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

 

Astros Second on Odds to Win the American League

The past four weeks have been far more difficult for the Astros, who sit second to Boston at +210 on the American League Champion betting odds. Following their first-ever World Series win last fall, Houston powered to a 61-31 start this season, keeping pace with the Red Sox in the standings and maintaining their position as World Series favorites.

However, with injuries sidelining the likes of three-time batting champion Jose Altuve and World Series MVP George Springer, the Astros have stumbled to a 12-15 record over their past 27 games. As well, they must now contend with a resurgent Oakland A’s squad that has closed the gap in the AL West race, and emerged as the fastest riser on the AL odds, rocketing to +1000 after lagging at +3500 at the All-Star Break.

Winners of just 75 games last season, the A’s sat near the bottom of the AL futures sporting +8000 odds on opening day, but could surpass their 2017 win total as early as this week thanks to a 35-12 run since mid-June that leaves Oakland in sole position of the second AL wild card.

The Yankees have also cooled off following a torrid 50-22 start that briefly lifted them to the top of both the AL East standings and AL East divisional futures. New York kicked off August with five straight losses, including four defeats at Fenway Park, but have rebounded with wins in six of seven, and sit third on the AL championship odds at +350.

The Cleveland Indians hold steady at +600, while further down the odds, the Seattle Mariners trail at +1400, ahead of the Los Angeles Angels at +15000, the Tampa Bay Rays at +35000, and the longshot Minnesota Twins at +45000.

 

*Odds as of August 13, 2018

 

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