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2020 American League East Baseball Betting Predictions

 

AL East Betting Odds & Forecast

2020 AL East Division Odds

  • New York Yankees 3/10
  • Tampa Bay Rays 4/1
  • Boston Red Sox 8/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 35/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 250/1

The New York Yankees are the odds-on favorite to win the AL East title at 3/10 odds (-333) after picking up 103 victories and the division championship in 2019. The Tampa Bay Rays posted a strong 96-66 record last season, which was good enough for a Wild Card berth (and eventually a spot in the American League Divisional Series). The Boston Red Sox represented the AL East from 2016 through 2018, but fell back to 84-78 in 2019, which resulted in them missing the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

2020 American League Pennant Odds

  • New York Yankees 7/4
  • Tampa Bay Rays 8/1
  • Boston Red Sox 13/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 50/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 350/1

Eight of the last 10 AL East champions have failed to win the pennant with the 2013 and 2018 Red Sox being the only outliers (both won the World Series). The Yankees are the American League favorite to claim the pennant at +175 odds (7/4), while the Rays are fourth at 8/1 behind New York, Houston, and Minnesota, all division winners last season.


Aaron Judge and the Yankees are listed as the odds-on favorite to win the AL East title for the second straight season. (AP)

2020 World Series Odds

  • New York Yankees 4/1
  • Tampa Bay Rays 20/1
  • Boston Red Sox 35/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays 100/1
  • Baltimore Orioles 750/1

The Yankees haven’t even made it to the World Series for over 10 years now, so the fans are hoping the team makes up for lost time with so many superstars on the roster.

2020 AL East Win Totals Odds

Regular Season Win Percentage Odds
  • Baltimore Orioles 35
  • Boston Red Sox 52
  • New York Yankees 62
  • Tampa Bay Rays 56.5
  • Toronto Blue Jays 46.5

Win Totals Odds

  • N.Y. Yankees 101.5
  • Tampa Bay 89.5
  • Boston 87.5
  • Toronto 75.5
  • Baltimore 56.5

2020 AL East Playoff Props

  • New York Yankees Yes - 1200 No +750
  • Tampa Bay Rays Yes +105 No -125
  • Boston Red Sox Yes +200 No -250
  • Toronto Blue Jays Yes +800 No -1400
  • Baltimore Orioles Yes +4000 No -20000

2020 AL East MVP Contenders

  • Aaron Judge (New York) 10/1
  • Gleyber Torres (New York) 20/1
  • Xander Bogaerts (Boston) 30/1
  • Giancarlo Stanton (New York) 33/1
  • Rafael Devers (Boston) 40/1
  • D.J. LeMahieu (New York) 40/1
  • J.D. Martinez (Boston) 40/1
  • Gerrit Cole (New York) 50/1
  • Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (Toronto) 50/1

Judge is arguably the best power hitter in baseball, but he has had some injury concerns too. He has missed 110 games due to injury over the last two seasons, putting the kibosh on his home run totals after cranking 52 home runs in 2017. Judge can be very boom or bust at the plate with high home run and walk numbers, but he strikes out a ton too.

2020 AL East Cy Young Contenders

  • Gerrit Cole (New York) 11/4
  • Blake Snell (Tampa Bay) 9/1
  • Tyler Glasnow (Tampa Bay) 12/1
  • Charlie Morton (Tampa Bay) 12/1
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (Boston) 28/1
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (Toronto) 35/1
  • James Paxton (New York) 40/1

Ryu was signed from the Dodgers this offseason after a stellar last two seasons pitching in Chavez Ravine. He is 21-8 with a 2.21 ERA over the last two seasons, and he has a 1.008 WHIP in that stretch. While the addition of Ryu looks great on paper, everything is pointing towards a downturn from Toronto’s new ace in 2020.

2020 AL East Rookie of the Year Contenders

  • Brendan McKay (Tampa Bay) 7/1
  • Nate Pearson (Toronto) 25/1
  • Wander Franco (Tampa Bay) 25/1

2020 American League East Predictions

Best Bet & Value on AL East Division Winner

Best Value: Tampa Bay Rays (4/1)

Best Bet/Value on American League Pennant Winner

Best Value: New York Yankees (7/4)

Best Bet/Value for World Series Winner

Best Value: New York Yankees (4/1)

Best Bets/Value for AL East Win Totals

Best Over: Baltimore

Best Under: Boston

Baltimore is going to lose a lot of games this season again, but the worst of the worst is over in this rebuild for the franchise, and a 40% win rate has got to be the next goal that Orioles brass is hoping they shatter this season. They didn't have a winning record against any division rival a year ago and still got to 54 wins, which includes that disastrous run vs. the Yankees.

Best Bets/Value for Yes/No in the 2020 MLB Playoffs

Best Value: Boston - No (-250)

Best Bets/Value for Individual Awards

Best Bet MVP: Gleyber Torres, Yankees (20/1)

Best Bet Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Yankees (11/4)

Best Bet Rookie of Year: Nate Pearson, Blue Jays (25/1)

Torres had a breakout season in his second year for the Yankees by hitting 38 home runs and driving in 90 runs. Both Judge and Stanton are dealing with injury questions which should help Torres' stock for a New York team projected to win the AL East division.

Cole became the first pitcher in MLB history to sign a contract worth more than $300 million in December, and the Yankees have made it clear that they expect to win multiple championships with Cole as the ace of this rotation. Although Cole has yet to win a Cy Young, he was the best pitcher in the American League last season, leading the league in ERA, ERA+, strikeouts, K/9, and FIP.

Pearson was fantastic during the brief time that Spring Training was going on, and he quickly moved from high A to AAA ball in 2019. His fastball has steadily improved during his time in the minors, and he has three other out pitches. He is the eighth best prospect in the minors per MLB Pipeline.

Odds Subject to Change
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