American League Playoff Chase and Related Betting News
by Doug Upstone Scores & Statson
As compared to the National League, the five teams that will be heading to the American League playoffs are essentially set. Here is a look at how things stand and few other notes.
AL East - Two Teams Heading To The Postseason
The anticipated duel between the Red Sox and Yankees never materialized as Boston pitching and hitting was more reliable all season long. New York's offense, while still the second-best in the majors, it became more inconsistent with Aaron Judge injured.
The Yankees might still win 100 games, but during this regular season, they were not in the same bracket as Boston, whose assembled a remarkable year.
One betting note, though these teams have a gap of nine losses between them as of Sept. 15th, from a betting perspective they are vastly different.
Boston for the season to date is up +34.3 units, while the Pinstripes are -7.4 units. The main difference is how each team handle their chalky roles.
Boston at -200 or higher ML: 37-6, +22.3 New York at -200 or higher ML: 36-15, -5.9
The BoSox won 86 percent of the time when they were a supposed to, the Bronx Bombers were at just 70.5 percent by comparison.
AL Central - Is It Over Yet?
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Cleveland won their division the first week of the season more or less. There is a belief out in computer land that the Indians have just been preparing for the playoffs and are a dangerous foe with a great deal of recent postseason experience.
Here is our question, subtract the Tribe's division record and against the NL (12-8), they are a mediocre 28-35 against the rest of the AL. Does that sound like a pennant contender to you?
AL West - Houston and Oakland Streaking To The Finish Line
After slumping a bit at the end of August, Houston is almost completely healthy and is looking like they might be able to defend their World Series title. But as good as the Astros have played in winning 10 of 12 to start September, they have needed to with Oakland 9-3 and only three games back in the loss column.
Both teams do not face one another again in the regular season and have similar rather easy slates the rest of the way, which would appear to make it difficult for Oakland to close the gap. Nevertheless, it is baseball and anything is possible.
Wild Card Race All But Set, But Whose The Host?
As of the 15th of September, New York held a two-game lead in the loss column over Oakland for the wild card. As we have seen in these nerve-wracking one-game do or die scenarios, the home team does not always win, but you would rather have the fans screaming for you, not against you.
The Yankees have to spend the rest of the season trying to stay ahead of the A's, but also wants to have whoever manager Aaron Boone wants as the starting pitching for that contest.
Oakland's just going to the ballpark daily and trying to win. This season they have lost Daniel Gossett, Kendall Graveman, Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk to Tommy John surgery. Staff ace Sean Manaea will have season-ending shoulder surgery this coming week and may miss most of the 2019 season as well.
All things being equal, skipper Bob Melvin will try to have Mike Fiers ready if the Athletics head to a wild card clash.