The Latest Odds To Win Each MLB Division In 2014

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Best Value Odd Highlighted in Red

AL EAST

Analysis: I fully expect the Baltimore Orioles to be involved in trade talks to land an ace pitcher, with using either Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy as bait. This year represents the teams best chance to win.

If the Yankees fall out of it, they will drop under the $189 MIL Luxury Tax Threshold, by jettisoning players, and will then sign everyone in the offseason with a fresh slate for a salary tax 1st time offense at only 17.5% – instead of a 50% clip now

The X factors are if Chris Davis can find his 2013 swing, and Ubaldo Jimenez remembers how to throw like his 2nd half 2013 self. Toronto has enough bashers to club their way to the Division Title, and their -133 is not a bad odd either to wager on.

1. TOR -133

2. NYY +320

3.  BOS +500

4.  BAL +650

5.  TB +5000

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AL CENTRAL

Analysis:  The Tigers have let all of these teams stick around with a brutal stretch of baseball.  KC has played better of late, have the pitching staff to aid their quest, and could still find some offense. 

At a 10-1 odd, that is a decent play. Give me 10 years of KC vs DET with how current team is situated, and I bet the Royals would win 2 or 3 AL Centrals. I like Cleveland’s offense, however the starting chuckers are still shaky.

CWS at +2500 is not a bad stab either, but they have lost Avisail Garcia, Paul Konerko is ineffective, and Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez may see some regression soon.

1.  DET -500

2.  CLE +600

3.  KC +1000

4.  CWS +2500

5.  MIN +5000

 

 

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AL WEST

Analysis:  With just a 2.5 Games Lead, and LAA having Josh Hamilton return to the fold, the value is with Los Angeles.  I Still believe Oakland will find a way to win the division, and I think the Halo’s rotation’s back end will have a tough time lugging 2nd half innings.

I have learned over the last few seasons never to bet against Oakland, so while the Angels are the value pick, I am steering clear of this whole AL West.

1. OAK -188

2. LAA +225

3. SEA +850

4. TEX +1600

5. HOU +50000

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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NL EAST

Analysis:  The Nats rotation is starting to dominate, and finding a spot for Ryan Zimmermann in the outfield is a wise move. 

Atlanta doesn’t have the horses to stick with Washington if the Nationals are firing on all cylinders.

Miami is a nice story but should seriously fade soon.  If they had Jose Fernandez, I would like their +1600 odd.

1.  WSH -130

2.  ATL +150

3.  MIA +1600

4.  NYM +5000

5.  PHI +10000

NL CENTRAL

Analysis:  It is simple, Adam Wainwright never loses, Michael Wacha is a good pitcher, and the depth of this franchise will serve them well.  Milwaukee has some streaky players, but have played a few games under .500 since mid April.

Cincinnati is flawed with the offensive struggles of Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, and are digging a hole they may not be able to dig out of.  The Reds may push for a Wild Card Slot, but 90 wins looks far fetched, even at 12 – 1.

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1.  STL -110

2.  MIL +138

3.  PIT +900

4.  CIN +1200

5.  CHC +50000

NL WEST

Analysis:  This is no brainer, stay away from this fool’s bet.  The Dodgers are 7.5 Games behind the Giants, but have the better talented team at least.

That amount of deficit is extremely hard to makeup, even for a team that put forth a 42 – 8 mark around this time last year.  The Dodgers spent all of April without Clayton Kershaw, and now he is dealing again.

1.  SF -275

2.  LAD +200

3.  COL +800

4.  SD +10000

5.  ARI +15000

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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