Red Sox Set as Co-Favorites on the Latest Odds to Win the AL Pennant
- Updated: September 28, 2016
Red hot in the month of September, the Boston Red Sox are sitting tied with the Texas Rangers as the favorites on the odds to win the American League Pennant this October.
The Red Sox had been engaged in a three-way battle for first place in the AL East standings for much of the summer, but have managed to pull away from the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles this month to take control of the division race. With a dominant offense that has scored the most runs in the American League by far so far this season, the Red Sox are pegged as the +200 co-favorites on the odds to win the AL Pennant.
That has Boston tied with the Rangers on those betting futures, with Texas having pulled away from the pack to win the AL West division title. The Rangers boast an offense with five players with 20 or more home runs – Adrian Beltre, Roughned Odor, Ian Desmond, Mitch Moreland, and Nomar Mazara – while ace starter Cole Hamels is 15-5 with a 3.30 ERA.
Indians a Step Back
The Cleveland Indians are the AL Central champions but sit a step back of the Red Sox and the Rangers on the AL Pennant odds at +400. The Indians have a pair of players with over 30 home runs in Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana, but will be looking to navigate the playoffs on the back of a solid starting rotation highlighted by ace pitcher Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA).
Beyond the division winners it’s the Blue Jays that hold down the best AL Pennant odds at +600, as they try to fight off the Orioles for the top Wild Card position in the American League – and hosting duties for the Wild Card Game next Tuesday night. The Blue Jays are getting strong seasons from sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, with J.A. Happ headlining the rotation at 20-4 with a 3.20 ERA.
The Orioles sit back at +1400 on the AL Pennant odds as they take on the Blue Jays and then the New York Yankees to close out their regular-season schedule. Baltimore will be looking to hold off the Detroit Tigers (+1200) and Seattle Mariners (+4000) for the league’s second Wild Card position, with the Houston Astros (+7500) fading in the race.
*Odds as of September 28, 2016