2018 MLB FUTURES – AL PENNANT BETTING LINES
Looking for 2018 American League Pennant Futures Odds and MLB Betting props today? For years the National League has been a side in which only a handful of teams have truly been in contention to break through and play for a World Series title.
It’s the American League where we’re more used to seeing surprise teams thrust into contention, but that appears to be changing, as a few teams have really pulled themselves away from the pack in the current climate of teams tanking and super teams being assembled.
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Here’s a look at five teams in the hunt for the No. 1 spot in the A.L. this season:
2018 American League Pennant Futures Odds – My Top 3 Teams
Houston Astros +260
The Astros are going to be a very competitive team for many years to come. They had built up one of the deeper and more talented minor league systems, with up and coming young stars such as George Springer and Carlos Correa. Now that those guys are contributing to the big club, the Astros are a force in the American League.
Having won a year ago, they’ll have a target on their back all year long, but with all the talent they have in their batting order, coupled with their elite starting rotation and what may be the deepest bullpen in a all of baseball, the Astros are going to be a staple at the top of the American League standings for many years to come.
New York Yankees +300
The Yankees brought back memories of years past by going out and acquiring the offseason’s prize addition in slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He slots into the middle of a lineup that was already one of the more dangerous in baseball with Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez rounding out an elite trio of young sluggers that makes the Yankees a team to fear.
They’ll need to catch some breaks with their starting rotation, but they certainly have the kind of offense that can carry them through some rough starts, and a deep enough bullpen to help cover up some of those deficiencies.
Cleveland Indians +325
The Indians seem to keep just missing out on a title, whether it be injuries or some other stroke of bad luck that keeps this team from claiming the ultimate prize. Young stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez took big steps forward in their development a year ago, and Edwin Encarnacion showed his power could travel to Cleveland and the A.L. Central.
If the pitching staff can keep doing what it does, and avoids injuries, the Indians will be as good as any team come playoff time.
2018 American League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Little Luck
Boston Red Sox +600
With the Yankees making major strides forward, all eyes were on the Red Sox to counter New York’s addition of star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, and after some medical issues were sorted out, the team did just that by bringing J.D. Martinez to Boston. While it wasn’t an issue for the Yankees, the Red Sox certainly could have used another middle of the order bat last season, and Martinez should slot in nicely, even if the park’s dimensions may zap some of his power to the opposite field.
The big wild card for the Red Sox will be their pitching staff, and in particular, David Price. If Price can pitch like the ace the Red Sox are paying for, they’ll have two studs at the top of the rotation that can carry this team into the postseason and beyond.
Minnesota Twins +1200
The Twins were a surprise playoff team a year ago, and the front office didn’t take that lightly, opening up their pocket books and bringing in some help to reward those players this year.
The team didn’t have any issues scoring runs, so the pitching rotation was the main focus, and major strides were made there. If all those players can come together in a hurry and start contributing from the get-go, the Twins can be one of the pleasant surprises of the 2018 season.
2018 American League Pennant Futures Odds: With A Lot More Luck
- Los Angeles Angels +1200
- Toronto Blue Jays +1700
- Seattle Mariners +2500
- Baltimore Orioles +10000
- Chicago White Sox +10000
- Oakland Athletics +10000
- Tampa Bay Rays +10000
- Texas Rangers +10000
- Detroit Tigers +25000
- Kansas City Royals +25000
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