American League Up For Grabs As Rays Favored Over Yankees

  • The MLB Playoffs are ready to start this week, with the No. 1 seed Tampa Bay Rays the favorites to win the AL at +325 odds.
  • The Rays come in just ahead of the New York Yankees (+350) who face the Cleveland Indians in their opening round.
  • Full odds for every AL team are available, like the Minnesota Twins at +575 and the Oakland A’s at +650.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – After the most unique season in the illustrious history of MLB baseball, 16 teams have advanced their way to the playoffs.

While it might not have the same feeling of accomplishment as clinching a playoff berth in the full, 162-game season, teams certainly can be proud of their performance that led them to this point.

The year 2020 has taken its toll and each and every person in the United States, and a little playoff baseball could be just what the doctor ordered to turn the tide around on the final months of the year.

One of the best stories of this condensed MLB season has been the Tampa Bay Rays, who earned the No. 1 seed in the American League thanks to a terrific record of 40-20.

The Rays didn’t just luck into that record, as they earned their spot thanks to terrific batting runs by players like Joey Wendle, Brandon Lowe, and Willy Adames to go with stellar pitching from the likes of Charlie Morton and Blake Snell.

The Rays outstanding play has not only earned them the No. 1 seed but has also given them the shortest odds to win the pennant on many of the major online sportsbooks.

Odds to Win the American League:

  • Tampa Bay Rays +325
  • New York Yankees +350
  • Minnesota Twins +575
  • Oakland Athletics +650
  • Chicago White Sox +700
  • Cleveland Indians +700
  • Houston Astros +1200
  • Toronto Blue Jays +1600

Tampa Bay leads the way with the slightest of leads over the New York Yankees, who have the second-shortest odds to win the pennant despite coming in as the fifth seed in the AL Playoffs.

The Yankees face off against a formidable opponent in the Cleveland Indians, while the Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays, who come in as the eighth and final seed in the AL.

Those looking for the most value in their MLB futures bets should consider the path that each team must take to win the pennant.

The Rays and Yankees will face off in the second round if both teams are able to take care of business against their first opponents.

In the bottom half of the bracket, there are four capable teams that could advance to the ALCS with little surprise.

While the Yankees and Rays still have value, there is even more on a team like the Oakland Athletics, who are getting +650 to win the pennant as the two seed.

While the Rays have had a tremendous season, the real test of strength begins this week.