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2020 American League West Baseball Betting Predictions


AL West Betting Odds & Forecast

2020 AL West Division Odds

  • Houston Astros 12/25
  • Oakland Athletics 13/4
  • Los Angeles Angels 7/1
  • Texas Rangers 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners 100/1

The Houston Astros have won at least 100 games in three straight seasons, easily winning the AL West in each of those three campaigns. No division rival finished within single-digit games of Houston in 2017 and 2019, but the fallout of their sign-stealing scandal has led to a drop in the Astros’ AL West odds. Oakland isn’t far behind with odds of +325 to win the AL West. The L.A. Angels could emerge as a contender too, while the Texas Rangers are seen as a year away and the Seattle Mariners are in a total rebuild.

2020 American League Pennant Odds

  • Houston Astros 5/2
  • Oakland Athletics 13/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 20/1
  • Texas Rangers 50/1
  • Seattle Mariners 250/1

Oakland has won 97 games in each of the last two seasons, and the Athletics have been the hottest team in baseball the second half of the year in each of those campaigns. Their reputation of falling short in the playoffs has led to relatively high odds for this franchise to win the World Series though.

The Oakland Athletics clinched a Wild Card berth last season as it looks to dethrone the defending division champion Houston Astros. (AP)

2020 World Series Odds

  • Houston Astros 11/2
  • Oakland Athletics 28/1
  • Los Angeles Angels 40/1
  • Texas Rangers 100/1
  • Seattle Mariners 500/1

The Astros are one of the best teams in the American League, but there is a lot to unpack with this franchise. It’s fair to expect certain hitters to regress, and an offseason of criticism could wear on these players. They are dangerous if they put it all behind them, but that’s a big conditional.

2020 AL West Win Totals Odds

Regular Season Win Percentage Odds
  • Houston Astros 58.5
  • Los Angeles Angels 52.5
  • Oakland Athletics 55
  • Seattle Mariners 41
  • Texas Rangers 47.5

Win Totals Odds

  • Houston 94.5
  • Oakland 88.5
  • Los Angeles 84.5
  • Texas 79.5
  • Seattle 68.5

2020 AL West Playoff Props

  • Houston Astros Yes -300 No +240
  • Los Angeles Angels Yes +210 No -260
  • Oakland Athletics Yes +130 No -150
  • Seattle Mariners Yes +2000 No -10000
  • Texas Rangers Yes +600 No -900

2020 AL West MVP Contenders

  • Mike Trout (Los Angeles) 3/2
  • Anthony Rendon (Los Angeles) 14/1
  • Alex Bregman (Houston) 20/1
  • Matt Chapman (Oakland) 20/1
  • George Springer (Houston) 25/1
  • Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles) 30/1
  • Jose Altuve (Houston) 40/1
  • Carlos Correa (Houston) 40/1
  • Marcus Semien (Oakland) 40/1
  • Joey Gallo (Texas) 50/1

Trout was the best player in baseball during the 2010s. He ended the decade with a 1.000 OPS over nine seasons, and he was named the AL MVP three times while finishing runner-up four times. Trout has led MLB in OPS+ for each of the last four seasons, and he has led the majors in runs, stolen bases, walks, OBP, OPS, and total bases at various points over his career.

2020 AL West Cy Young Contenders

  • Justin Verlander (Houston) 7/1
  • Corey Kluber (Texas) 22/1
  • Zack Greinke (Houston) 25/1
  • Lance Lynn (Texas) 25/1
  • Frankie Montas (Oakland) 40/1
  • Lance McCullers, Jr. (Houston) 40/1
  • Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles) 50/1

Verlander is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, and he is putting the final touches on a Hall of Fame career. He posted his best numbers in an Astros uniform last season, going 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA, and he did it while also leading the AL in innings pitched (223.0 IP) and WHIP (0.803 WHIP). Verlander led the league in K/BB ratio for the second straight season (7.14 K/BB), and he posted a career-high 300 strikeouts.

2020 AL West Rookie of the Year Contenders

  • Jesus Lazardo (Oakland) 5/1
  • Jo Adell (Los Angeles) 11/1
  • Evan White (Seattle) 16/1
  • A.J. Puk (Oakland) 20/1
  • Forrest Whitley (Houston) 20/1

2020 American League West Predictions

Best Bet & Value on AL West Division Winner

Best Value: Los Angeles Angels (7/1)

Best Bet/Value on American League Pennant Winner

Best Value: Houston Astros (5/2)

Best Bet/Value for World Series Winner

Best Value: Houston Astros (11/2)

Best Bets/Value for AL West Win Totals

Best Over: Texas

Best Under: Oakland

Gallo and Kluber have the potential to lead Texas to the playoffs. If both players play up to their potential and the bullpen isn’t a disaster, the Rangers have a shot at sneaking into the postseason.

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

Best Value: Oakland - No (-150)

Best Bets/Value for Individual Awards

Best Bet MVP: Alex Bregman, Astros (20/1)

Best Bet Cy Young: Corey Kluber, Rangers (22/1)

Best Bet Rookie of Year: Jo Adell, Angels (11/1)

Bregman finished runner-up to Trout in the AL MVP race, and he was the most feared hitter on the Astros. He hit 41 home runs and posted a 1.015 OPS in 156 games, and he walked (119) more times than he struck out (83). Bregman destroyed left-handed pitching, hitting .350 against southpaws, and he is entering the prime of his career at the age of 26.

Kluber only pitched 35.2 innings after his right arm was broken because of a line drive back to the mound in early May, and that sidelined him for nearly the rest of the regular season. He was 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.654 WHIP before the injury, but he should post much better numbers in 2020. Kluber didn’t register a WHIP above 1.10 from 2014 to 2018, and he should be fine provided he keeps his walk rate low.

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