MLB 2011 Division Odds and Win Totals – AL East
Teams have reported to 2011 Major League Baseball training camps and it’s time to start our division-by-division betting odds and team by team season win totals MLB baseball betting previews for the year.
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The AL East came down to a dog fight between Tampa Bay and New York in 2010 with the Rays edging out the Yankees by one game with a record of 96-66. Despite having the best record in the American League, Tampa bowed out of the postseason in the ALDS after losing to Texas in five games. The Yankees actually fared somewhat better by advancing to the ALCS, but their drive to another World Series Title was cut short by the Rangers in six games.
Boston turned in its lowest win total since 2006 with a record of 89-73, which was a full seven games out of first place. Toronto slugged its way to a respectable 85-77 campaign and for the third year in a row Baltimore found itself in the basement with a record of 66-96.
Here is a look at each team in the AL East’s odds to win the division this season as well as the over/under on their season win total as provided by Sportsbook.com.
Boston Red Sox Odds To Win AL East -152
Win total- 95.5
Boston is counting on the acquisition of Carl Crawford, who was with Tampa Bay and Adrian Gonzalez , who was with San Diego to provide the firepower to put it back on top in the East. The Red Sox did lose Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre but they still have the best lineup on paper in the American League. The starting rotation led by Josh Beckett and Jon Lester should be as formidable as ever and barring any major injuries, Boston is once again the team to beat in the East.
New York Yankees Odds To Win AL East +180
Win total- 91.5
New York resigned Derek Jeter to a long term deal, but the sudden retirement of Andy Pettitte and its inability to sign Cliff Lee created a few question marks in the starting rotation. The biggest one by far will be if A.J. Burnett can return to his old form after a rough 2010. The Yankees’ lineup is still loaded with talent from top to bottom and they should be able to keep Boston in their sights. The flip-side is that a few of these guys are starting to show their age, giving you the feeling that the clock is ticking on this team’s chances to get back to the World Series.
Tampa Bay Rays Odds To Win AL East +800
Win Total- 84.5
Tampa Bay lost a wealth of talent from last season’s 96-win team including Crawford, Matt Garza, Rafael Soriano, and Carlos Pena to name a few. Tampa did sign Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez and still has a solid core of young talent, but given the losses it sustained both offensively and defensively, it is doubtful the Rays will have enough juice to hang with Boston and New York deep into the summer.
Toronto Blue Jays Odds To Win AL East +1600
Win Total- 76.5
Toronto should be applauded for its valiant run last season which led to 85 wins in a highly competitive division. If Jose Bautista can put up similar numbers as last year, this team should still be a force at the plate. However, the loss of Shaun Marcum just adds to the number of holes that already exist throughout its pitching staff, which could actually signal a step backwards this season. The bottom line is that the Blue Jays remain a good team that is still stuck behind better ones.
Baltimore Orioles Odds To Win AL East +2000
Win total- 76.5
Buck Showalter did a great job in Baltimore last season by leading a talent-challenged team to a 34-23 record over the final third of the season. The addition of Vladimir Guerrero, Derrek Lee, and Mark Reynolds should make this team much better right out of the gate, but a highly suspect pitching staff that had a team ERA of 4.59 last season appears to be the primary stumbling block to any dramatic turnaround this year.