2016 American League Predictions – 2016 Picks
Looking for 2016 futures odds to win AL Pennant predictions and picks? Spring Training is in full swing for all Major League contenders – the new season hasn’t brought around much change is who Vegas thinks will claim the American League pennant.
MLB Odds To Win AL Pennant Predictions & Handicapping Insight
The Sox are still favorites thanks to the addition of one guy and the Astros and Royals seems to be getting no love at this point in time.
So should we risk our hard-earned dollars on one of the favorites this year or is there better value down the board?
For my money you need not look further than one of the top 4 betting favorites this season – here’s a breakdown.
2016 AMERICAN LEAGUE Championship Futures
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Boston Red Sox +550
The Red Sox haven’t been over the .500 mark since 2013 but the addition of one man – David Price has made them favorites to represent the American League in the World Series in 2016.
I’m sorry folks, I just don’t see it.
The lineup is OK, All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, setup man Carson Smith and fourth outfielder Chris Young were added as decent complimentary pieces but I keep going back to the fact that the Sox were a pretty bad team before the offseason acquisitions.
There are definitely some better teams with more playoff-winning attributes out there. Translation – I’m staying away.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Toronto Blue Jays +600
The Blue Jays are intriguing indeed – unfortunately they are sneaking up on nobody this upcoming season.
The dugout will be different this year – David Price is gone and Jose Bautista has already shaken thing up with his mouth and supposed contract demands.
Marcus Stroman will be a Stud this year, Aaron Sanchez has a chance to become the next household name and the offense is poised to be one of the best in the game again.
Toronto should be in the mix – I’m just not convinced they have the pitching to make it to the promise land this year.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Kansas City Royals +600
The Royals enter the season as two-time defending AL Champs and still sit behind clubs to win it all again! I just don’t get it. Talk about no respect! Sure – they lost a couple of pieces during the offseason but did Ben Zobrist really get this team over the hum?
The Royals are still a team predicated on tremendous pitching, incredible defense and an ability to get that key hit at just the right time.
Fundamentals and experience make them my favorite to with the AL pennant yet again this year – get used to it folks – the Royals have the perfect formula for success.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Houston Astros +700
All of the losing seasons in Houston seem to be a thing of the past. The team that lost at least 107 games in 2012 and 2013 has used their stockpile of draft picks to emerge a contender.
Names like RHP Dallas Kuechel, 2B Jose Altuve and SS Carlos Correa have the Astros firmly on my radar and some sneaky good moves in the offseason to improve the team only strengthens my thoughts that Houston will be heard from for a long time.
Last year’s playoff experience will serve the Astros well – expect them to be KC’s biggest challenge in 2016.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Cleveland Indians +800
The Indians are a sexy pick to take the next step this upcoming season thanks to a strong pitching staff that includes RHP Corey Kluber, Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco.
However this is a team that struggled to score runs last year and lost the AL Central by a whopping 11 games.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – New York Yankees +900
The Yankees may make things interesting but to think that they have the all-around team to beat one of the younger, hungrier teams in the AL is a pipe-dream in my eyes.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Texas Rangers +900
If Yu Darvish can return to form and Cole Hamels and Derek Holland can stay healthy and consistent for the entire year the Rangers could be the best sleeper out there.
Odds To Win AL Pennant – Detroit Tigers +1200
A lack of depth will plague the Tigers all season long.
Their top-end talent is getting a little long-in-the-tooth as well.
More 2016 Odds To Win AL Pennant
- Chicago White Sox +1600
- Los Angeles Angels +1800
- Seattle Mariners +2000
- Baltimore Orioles +2000
- Minnesota Twins +2500
- Tampa Bay Rays +2500
- Oakland Athletics +4000
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