AL East Preview- Beasts from the East

Updated: March 26, 2018

AL East Betting Preview- Beast of the East

Major League Baseball is set for opening day in just a few days. Let’s take a quick look at the teams for the AL and their various future odds.

The AL East looks very top loaded this year as two teams from one of baseball’s best rivalry are expected to dominate this season. The Yankees and Red Sox are heavy favorites to lead this division over the season.

New York Yankees    -135 AL East, +285 AL Pennant, +575  World Series,  Win Total  O/U 94  

They are the favorites to win this division and with the amount of talent on their roster it is easy to see why. The Yankees finished 91-71 last year winning one of the AL’s wild-card spots. They came just short of a World Series appearance losing to eventual champion Houston Astros 4-3 after leading 3-2. Yankee fans are hoping this years team can finish the drill.

After coming so close last year how did the Yankees improve for this season? They found their old pal Derek Jeter and the Marlins who almost seemed to gift them home run leader Giancarlo Stanton for a group of marginal prospects. Combined with Judge this will be one of baseball’s most feared pairs. This Yankees lineup will have a penchant to strike out quite a bit but they will homer in bunches.

Boston Red Sox-  +140 AL East, +490 AL Pennant, +965 World Series   Win Total O/U 91.5

Not to be outdone the Red Sox added JD Martinez in the offseason and will look for his slugging to bolster an offense that underachieved last season. Martinez’s homerun ability should help the Red Sox immensely as they finished last in homers in the AL last season. Boston offense will also look for a big rebound season from Mookie Betts who seemed to underachieve last year despite decent stats.

The Red Sox pitching staff will be led by Cy Young candidate Chris Sale.  Look for bounce-back seasons from both Rick Porcello and David Price to bolster the staff. Health will be a big key for these guys, especially Price.

Toronto Blue Jays- +910 AL East, +2040 AL Pennant, +4200 World Series     Win Total O/U 81.5

Toronto had a major regression last season as they finished fourth in the East at 76-86. Injuries played a key role as their offense went from first in 2016 to one of the worst last season. This group will have to put up numbers early as they are not a young core. A slow start could lead to trade deadline fire sale.

The pitching staff will hope blister issues for Aaron Sanchez are a thing of the past as he was only able to make eight starts last year. If he can resemble the Sanchez that went 15-2 in 2016 they can have a solid 1-2 punch when paired with Marcus Stroman.

Baltimore Orioles- +2800 AL East, +6500 AL Pennant, +12500 World Series    Win Total  O/U 72.5

This team will have a decent offense that should have some pop led by superstar Manny Machado. Homers and strikeouts will come in bunches from Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo. If the Orioles struggle early, you have to imagine trade options start being considered with Machado as he will be a free agent after the season.

The Orioles lost a majority of their starting rotation from last year. While most teams would think that is a bad thing it is not really the case for the O’s. Their starters were terrible last year and almost anything would be better than the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez. Recent addition Alex Cobb should also help.

Tampa Bay Rays- +3000 AL East, +7200 AL Pennant, +15000 World Series

The Rays finished last season at 80-82 despite having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. So obviously the answer was to ship off most of the offensive talent and leadership as well one of your better pitchers.

The Rays will rely on several prospects for 2018. This probably doesn’t bode well for winning division games with the Yankees and Red Sox hanging around. Look for plenty of trade deadline hustle as Chris Archer will be a hot commodity if he becomes available.