by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
The Houston Astros’ price has shifted slightly toward even money in American League pennant futures as the regular season enters its fourth-last week.
The Astros are now the -115 betting favorite on the AL pennant odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The New York Yankees, who entering Wednesday’s games had the league’s best record, are the second favorite at +220. The board is well spaced out, dropping down to the league’s other division leader, the Minnesota Twins (+700), then the wild card-contending Cleveland Indians (+1200), Tampa Bay Rays (+1500), Oakland Athletics (+1500) and Boston Red Sox (+3500).
Three weeks ago, the Astros’ value was at a season-low -125 at online sports betting sites and the Yankees were priced at +225, followed by Cleveland at +750 and Minnesota at +800.
The long-held belief is that pitching wins in the playoffs. It is worth noting that the Astros, with a staff led by AL Cy Young Award favorite Justin Verlander, have the third-best staff earned-run average in Major League Baseball since the all-star break. The Twins and Yankees, in contrast, stand 14th and 21st respectively, as both have relied on offenses that are 1-2 in runs scored per game (Minnesota first at 5.94 entering play …
Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation