2017 MLB Futures- American League Pennant Odds
The dog days of summer in mid-August mark the start of the stretch run towards the MLB postseason in early fall. When it comes to the list of legitimate contenders left on the betting board to win the 2017 American League Pennant, Sportsbook.ag has recently updated its futures odds. The following is a closer look at where you can find the best value in the current numbers.
Top American League Favorite
The Houston Astros have held onto to the top spot on this futures list for most of the year and they still have the best odds on the board at +250 to win the AL Pennant despite the fact that they failed to add any key pieces to the mix before the annual MLB trade deadline. With well over 100 games in the books, Houston (71-43) is clearly on pace to win the AL West with the best record in the league, but there are some cracks in the foundation with a 2-7 mark in its first nine games in the month of August.
Top American League Contenders
One of the hottest AL teams in the month of August has been the Boston Red Sox. Heading into a huge three-game showdown against the rival New York Yankees starting on Aug. 11, they are 65-49 and riding an eight-game winning streak that goes back to the last day in July. The combination of a pitching staff that has the best team ERA in the AL at 3.63 and a lineup that is averaging 4.8 runs a game adds quite a bit of value to Boston’s +300 betting odds to win the league pennant this season.
The defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians are also listed at +300 odds to make a return trip to the World Series, but they are caught up in a tooth and nail battle just to win their division. Minnesota and Kansas City remain in the mix in the AL Central title race heading into the final month and a half of the regular season and the fact that Cleveland (60-52) is just 3-7 since the end of July does not help the cause. The Indians still have the pitching to win the AL with a staff ERA of 3.74, but there is some genuine concern with a lineup that has faded down to eighth in the league in runs scored.
The most interesting contender on the list would be the Yankees at +500 odds to with the AL Pennant. They added both Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia to the starting rotation while bolstering their bullpen with David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to address some concerns in the pitching staff. However, with a 3-6 record in its first nine games in August, the concern has turned to a New York lineup that has only averaged 3.2 runs during this same span of games. On the year, the Yankees (60-53) are still ranked second in the AL in scoring.
Top American League Longshot
Pitching still wins championships so if you are looking for value in a longshot to win the AL Pennant; the Tampa Bay Rays fit the bill with the fourth-best ERA in the league at 4.07. Their betting odds to carry that staff all the way to an AL title are set at +2500. Tampa Bay’s chances of winning the AL East are starting fade behind both New York and Boston, but it remains in excellent shape for a wild card spot in the playoffs at 59-57. The Rays will need some more production at the plate to remain competitive with the top teams in the league, but they remain a very interesting play at these longer odds.