With opening day getting closer by the second. Who is the best team in the American League West? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out!
Firstly, with the Astros giving the Tampa Bay Rays everything they could handle in the American League Championship game last season and taking care of the ALW division winners, the Oakland A’s in the Divisional Series 3-1. It stands to reason that Houston would be favored to win the division. However, with the loss of veteran outfielder George Springer to free agency, the doubts seem to be creeping in. But, the Astros will be leaning on Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, and Yordan to fill that hole.
Depending on where you get your betting odds at, you get two different positions in the division. draftkings.com has the Astros winning the division at +120. In contrast, sportsbettingdime.com has them just under the A’s at +157. So it appears the loss of Springer means a bit more to some. Either way, the Astros have a good shot at winning the AL West.
The A’s won the division last season and then edged out the Chicago White Sox in the Wildcard Round, only to fall to their division rivals the Houston Astros in the AL Divisional Series. So one might give them the nod to win the division. Subsequently, the A’s haven’t made any real moves in the offseason, losing multiple players in free agency and trading DH Khris Davis to the Texas Rangers. They did, however, receive Elvis Andrus, who they expect to solidify the middle infield. With Frankie Montas on the mound and Jesus Luzardo furthering his development. The A’s could once again take the top spot in the division.
Again, depending on where you look, the A’s win the division or a close second. draftkings.com has the A’s a close second to the Astros at +150, while sportsbettingdime.com has them winning the division at +123. So the top spot in the division up in the air. In the Pre-Season anyway.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Is it a surprise to have the Angels third in the division? With the talent on this roster, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and top prospect Jo Adell. They should be favorites to win the division, even with last season losing record of 26-34 and being fourth in the AL West. However, if the Angels are going to be divisional contenders, it will be on Dylan Bundy’s arms, Alex Cobb will have to lead the way, and Griffin Canning must continue to improve.
Both betting sites have the Angels solidly in third in the division. draftkings.com gives them an ever so slight edge at +375, while sportsbettingdime.com has them at +383. No real difference, but still worth mentioning.
Dropping from third in the division last season to fourth in the upcoming season. The Mariners have some nice-looking young talent heading into this season, including AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis. On the other hand, they still have a lack of quality at other positions. Will their starting rotation be enough of a boost to fill the void, or will this be another tough season for the Mariners?
Both sites have the Mariners way below the top three teams in the division. driftkings.com has them deeper at +2,600. Meanwhile, sportsbettingdime.com has them slightly higher at +2233.
The Rangers are looking for a culture change requiring DH Khris Davis, and by all accounts, it seems to be paying off. Davis struggled at the start of the spring games but is now starting to find his swing. The question is, will it be enough? It appears the Rangers are still in rebuilding mode. So it just stands to reason the Rangers won’t be very good this season.
Vegas agrees that is Rangers will struggle yet again this season. Giving them +4,000 to win the division.
Battle lines have been drawn for the AL West title. The top two teams being so close, even betting sites have different opinions, and it would be shocking if Anaheim doesn’t make a stronger push for that top spot. The American League West looks as if it is going to be a very tight race.
*stats from mlb.com
*betting odds from draftkings.com and sportsbettingdime.com
*gamble at your own risk