- The San Francisco Giants are -155 favorites to win the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers close behind at +120.
- The Boston Red Sox are -300 betting favorites to secure a Wild Card spot above teams like the Toronto Blue Jays -195 and New York Yankees -165.
SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the middle of what is the last true division battle of the MLB season, as they just happen to be the two best teams in the league. However, the AL Wild Card race is wide open with three teams having the same record.
NL West Division Race
The two teams with the best records in the MLB are both in the same division. As the San Francisco Giants hold a 1.5-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, online sportsbooks give the Giants a slight advantage to hold onto this lead until the season's end.
NL West Division Odds
- San Francisco Giants -155
- Los Angeles Dodgers +120
San Francisco has 16 games remaining in the season while Los Angeles has 15 games left on the schedule but the two will not meet each other before the end of the regular season.
The remaining schedules are pretty similar as they both have six games left against teams with a sub .500 record and each team plays the Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Padres which leaves the odds in a seemingly fair spot given the current lead.
American League Wild Card Race
The Wild Card Race for the American League is tight at the top. The New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox all are tied for the lead in the AL Wild Card standings. Despite having the same record, MLB betting sites list the teams with very different odds.
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To Clinch A Wild Card Spot Odds
- Boston Red Sox -300
- Toronto Blue Jays -195
- New York Yankees -165
The Red Sox are technically behind both the Yankees and Blue Jays as they have two more games played but they still sit with the shortest odds to make the playoffs. This is likely because Boston has six of their remaining 14 games against the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox only have three games remaining against teams with a winning record and it’s the Yankees.
The Yankees seemingly control their own fate as they will play both the Red Sox and Blue Jays before the end of the season and if the team were to win both series, they would be firmly ahead of their competitors.
Toronto has a +175 run differential this season which is far ahead of both Boston (+60) and New York (+34) but hasve the same record. With over 162 games their record should look better than what it is, but the team could end up missing the postseason despite objectively being the best team of the bunch.
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