MLB Betting Weekly Roundup – July 2
As the calendar turns the page to the month of July, all 30 MLB teams have crossed the halfway mark of the regular season with at least 82 games in the books. Now the fun begins as the contenders begin to jockey hard for their division title or a spot in this year’s playoffs as one of two wildcard teams in both the American and National League.
The 2014 MLB season got underway with BetAnySports listing the Detroit Tigers as +350 favorites to win the American League Pennant this season followed by the defending MLB World Champion Boston Red Sox at +550. The Tigers have pretty much stayed the course through the first half of the season with a record of 46-34 as of Tuesday night’s games that has them 4.5 games ahead of Kansas City in the AL Central Division race.
It has been a bumpy ride for the champs through their first 84 games with a record of 38-46 that has them 7.5 games off the pace in the AL East. The big story in that division has been the Toronto Blue Jays, who were opened as +2500 underdogs to win the AL this year. They are holding onto a slim one-game lead over Baltimore in that division with a record of 46-39.
The top team in the AL so far has been the Oakland Athletics. They are 51-32 overall and 3.5 games ahead of Los Angeles in the AL West. BetAnySports originally set the MLB betting odds at +1000 that the A’s would win the AL Pennant this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the season as the clear favorites to win the National League Pennant at +227 with Washington and St. Louis next on the list at +500. All three teams just so happen to be in second place in their respective division standings through the first half of the season.
The Dodgers are 48-38 on the year and they have closed the gap in the NL West against the surprising San Francisco Giants to just a half a game with a 7-3 mark in their last 10 games. The Giants are 47-26 and they opened the season at +1000 odds to win the National League.
The Atlanta Braves have set the early pace in the NL East with a record of 46-38, but their lead over the Nationals is just a half a game with Miami hanging on as well at 5.5 games back. The Braves’ odds to win the NL Pennant before the season started were +1000.
The biggest shocker through the first half of the season have been the Milwaukee Brewers. They opened the season as prohibitive +3500 longshots to win the NL, yet they have the best record in the league at 51-34. The Brewers are currently 6.5 games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central.