With less than a week remaining in the MLB regular season, the Los Angeles Angels have emerged as 5/1 favorites to win the World Series in MLB online betting. The Angels enter the home stretch with the best record in baseball and a commanding double-digit game lead over the Oakland A’s in the AL West division.
It is unclear who the Angels will face in the first round of the MLB Postseason. But due to rules that prevent the Wild Card winner from playing a team in their own division in the first round, the Angels will not be facing the A’s or the Seattle Mariners, who remain embroiled in the race for berths in the AL Wild Card one-game playoff on September 30.
It has been a disappointing second-half to the season for Oakland, who held the top spot in the AL West early on before a stretch of 13-26 baseball dropped them out of first and into the thick of the Wild Card race. Not surprisingly, the A’s World Series odds have also tumbled, from 5/1 at the All-Star break to 12/1 currently, in MLB betting at bettingsports.com.
The Kansas City Royals, who are neck-and-neck with Oakland in the Wild Card standings, go into their final week of the season with odds of 16/1, while the Mariners, who trail the Royals by 1.5 games and the A’s by 2.0 games, cannot afford to lose any of their final games, are pegged at 20/1.
In the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles will spend their final week of the season preparing for the Postseason after clinching the division pennant last week. The O’s, who trail the Angels in World Series odds at 13/2, battled the Toronto Blue Jays for first in the AL East through much of the season, but following the Jays’ disappointing result against the Orioles in a three-game series in early August, losing two of three at home to Baltimore, Toronto dropped to 5.0 games back of the O’s; a lead that Baltimore would not relinquish.
It also appears that the Detroit Tigers are in the driving seat in the AL Central as the regular season winds down. Going into action on the last Monday of the regular season, the Tigers hold a 1.5-game lead over Kansas City, and sit among the World Series betting favorites with odds of 6/1.
During the spring, the Tigers were pegged as heavy favorites to win the division for a fourth straight year, but a mid-season swoon combined with surprisingly strong play from the Royals, toppled the Tigers from their familiar perch, threatening their playoff hopes.
But since starting September with four straight wins, Kansas City won just six of their next 15, shattering the nerves of long-suffering Royals fans, and leaving the Tigers in control of their own playoff destiny.