by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Having the best record in Major League Baseball and the label of a proven winner has made the Houston Astros the betting favorite to capture the American League pennant.
At this writing, the Astros are the +150 favorite (bet $100 to win $150) on the American League pennant odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The top of the futures board also includes the New York Yankees (+350), Minnesota Twins (+375), Tampa Bay Rays (+500) and defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox (+1100).
Houston is the only AL team that is in the top three in the MLB in both OPS (on-base-plus-slugging) by its hitters (.811, second) and in team earned-run average (3.44, third) by its pitchers. Injuries that have led to second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder George Springer currently being on the injured list have hardly slowed Houston down, and it’s understandable that a team that won the World Series just two years ago and has been in the playoffs three of the last four seasons would draw betting action.
The Yankees (+350) present some enticing value on those MLB odds, but it might be best to adopt the wait-and-see approach, given their plethora of injuries to key contributors. It …
Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation