2017 MLB Futures – AL Pennant Betting Lines
Looking for 2017 American League Pennant Futures Odds and MLB Betting props today? In the American League, there are the haves, and the have nots. And the gap between the two is as big as ever this season. Teams at the top loaded up over the offseason, and it should make for a fun race for American League supremacy.
MLB Predictions & Handicapping Insight – AL Pennant
Here’s a look at five teams in the hunt for the No. 1 spot in the A.L. standings this season:
2017 American League Pennant Futures Odds – My Top 3 Teams
Cleveland Indians +250
The Indians’ return to the World Series a year ago was the result of a master class in managing by Terry Francona.
While the team was a sexy pick to make it there, they did it with a patchwork lineup and endured countless injuries to their starting rotation.
That starting rotation is going to be key this season, and that group is healthy entering this season. Add to that the major free agent signing of Edwin Encarnacion to anchor the center of the lineup.
Cleveland doesn’t spend money often, so there’s a lot of pressure on the team to perform. With the talent on the roster, and Francona pulling the strings, a return to at least the ALCS could be in the cards.
Boston Red Sox +300
The Red Sox made a big splash in the offseason, landing Chris Sale from the White Sox.
Assuming David Price is able to get back on the field in the near future, the addition of Sale gives the Red Sox the best 1-2 starting pitching punch in the American League.
Couple that with a loaded lineup and the Red Sox are poised to run through the American League East.
Assuming someone in that loaded lineup will move into the spot left vacant by David Ortiz, the Red Sox will be loaded with talent in every facet.
Houston Astros +450
The Astros have had one of the deepest young cores in baseball for years, and it was just a matter of waiting for those players to come into their own so the team could take a major step forward.
The Astros front office clearly believes that time is now, as they pushed their chips to the middle of the table, going out and acquiring some veteran assistance from the likes of Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Nori Aoki, Josh Reddick, and Charlie Morton.
That’s a pretty big statement from the club’s brass, and it will put some pressure on the young players on the team to compete with the American League’s elite. How those players respond will dictate what kind of season the Astros have.
2017 American League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Little Luck
Detroit Tigers +1500
It was an uncharacteristically quiet offseason for the Tigers, who endured a down year last season. But don’t think of that as a bad thing, necessarily. All the key faces are still in place on a team loaded with talent.
Miguel Cabrera is still anchoring the heart of the lineup, Justin Upton figured things out in the latter half of last season, and J.D. Martinez is still around after multiple trade discussions fell through.
The Tigers are a prime bounce back candidate, and will enjoy a slew of games against the downtrodden Twins and White Sox.
Toronto Blue Jays +1500
All the headlines around the Blue Jays this offseason centered around their pair of stud hitters entering free agency. While the marquee guy, Encarnacion, left town, Jose Bautista is back with a lot to prove.
There’s still plenty of offense on a team that will send out Josh Donaldson, Bautista, and Troy Tulowitzki as the heart of its order.
But the real strength of this team has been its starting pitching, and that unit remains intact.
The front office went out and quietly added some pieces to strengthen the bullpen, making the Blue Jays as scary an opponent as any team in the American League.
2017 American League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Lot More Luck
- Seattle Mariners +1200
- New York Yankees +1500
- Texas Rangers +1500
- Baltimore Orioles +2000
- Los Angeles Angels +3000
- Kansas City Royals +4000
- Tampa Bay Rays +5000
- Minnesota Twins +6000
- Oakland Athletics +6000
- Chicago White Sox +25000
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