by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
For the first time this season, the American League pennant favorite is minus money, which could lead the value-minded bettor to start looking down the board.
The Houston Astros are now the -125 betting favorite to capture the American League championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, while the New York Yankees’ price as the second favorite has jumped to +225. The Cleveland Indians (+750) and Minnesota Twins (+800) are farther down the board at betting sites, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays (+1300), Oakland Athletics (+1800) and Boston Red Sox (+3000).
Two weeks ago, on the eve of the trade deadline, the Yankees were a narrow +160 favorite followed by the Astros at +170. Then Houston, of course, acquired six-time all-star and two-time league earned-run average leader Zack Greinke in a deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, integrating him into a starting rotation that already has two bona fide aces in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Pairing pitching with an enviable offense gives Houston a strong shot at its second pennant in three years.
The Yankees’ odds are back in the 2/1 range for the first time in two months. A 10-game lead in the AL East means they’re in a prime position to …
Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation