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The race is on.
The Yankees have not only tracked down Boston, but currently enjoy a 2 ½ -game lead in the AL East and three another tiny shovel of dirt on the BoSox with their 6-3 win last night over Oakland.
Checking out the baseball odds at online sportsbook SPORTSBETTING.com, in particular AL East division future odds, the AL Championship odds and the World Series odds, we see that the Yankees are listed at +110 to win their division. That has been a constantly changing number over the last few weeks as New York steadily made up ground on the Red Sox.
Mike Sullivan, betting analyst at SPORTSBETTING.com, said the online sportsbook has seen steady action all season on the AL East division winner future odds, but since the All-Star break the volume has increased, with the action fairly evenly split between the league’s two super powers, New York and Boston.
As you would expect, these two sit firmly at the top of the future odds list for World Series Champions. Currently both sport identical odds of 15-4 to win it all, with the LA Dodgers slotting in behind the two frontrunners LA’s odds are 4-1).
As mentioned, the Yanks started their four-game home stand against the Oakland Athletics with a win, as huge favorites (-270).
They face off again this evening. In the last 21 home games against Oakland, the Bronx Bombers have gone 13-8 straight up and they are currently on a 6-0 run.
Worth noting is that Total, as the last 21 meetings in New York have resulted in 6 Overs and 15 unders.
Tonight the Yankees send Chamberlain to the mound as a -200 favorite (overnight line). The Red Sox have Penny pitching for them in their home game vs. Baltimore with an overnight line of -155.
The Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels are both in the playoff hunt with the Twins 2.5 games behind Detroit in the AL Central and the Angels on top of the AL West.
The two teams are facing off in a big series in LA. The Angels won the first meeting as a -150 favorite (6-5 final). That takes the Angels home record vs. the Twins in their last 21 meetings to 14-7.
Looking at the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies had a 10-game winning streak snapped two nights ago when the Chicago Cubs defeated them 10-5 and covered as -113 faves. The Phillies bounced back with win last night over the Padres as a big favorite.
Currently, Philadelphia are listed as a -600 at SPORTSBETTING.com to win the division.
Check out all the baseball betting odds.
Enjoy the playoff races.