We’re past the quarter mark of the 2022 MLB season, which means it’s time to break down some updated pennant odds.
Online sportsbook BetUS has the Yankees at the top of the odds to win the American League title at +275, followed by the Houston Astros (+375) and Toronto Blue Jays (+425). Find a complete breakdown of the odds to win the American League below:
2022 Odds To Win The American League
|New York Yankees||+275|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+425|
|Chicago White Sox||+800|
|Los Angeles Angels||+800|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1200|
|Boston Red Sox||+2500|
|Kansas City Royals||+12500|
Odds as of June 6 at BetUS
While the Astros entered the season as American League pennant favorites, the Yankees have surged into first with a blistering early-season pace. Our sports betting calculator tells us that the Yankees’ +275 odds to win the American League represent an implied win probability of 26.67 percent.
Here’s a look at the odds to win the National League.
Yankees Surge Into Top Spot
The Yankees currently sit as the best team in baseball and have jumped up these AL odds and the World Series odds.
Aaron Judge and the offense have been great for the Yankees, but it’s the pitching staff that’s carrying New York so far this year. The AL Cy Young odds are littered with Yankee arms, with every single member of the New York rotation posting an ERA below 3.10. Nestor Cortes Jr. leads with an astounding 1.50 ERA this year, and New York’s “worst” starter, Jordan Montgomery, has a 3.02 ERA.
The only thing that could hold the Yankees back is strength of schedule. New York has played the fourth-easiest schedule in baseball to date and has the fifth-toughest slate remaining.
Houston Still A Good Bet
Though the Astros have fallen out of their top spot in the oddsboard, this squad is just as formidable as the Yankees on paper. One player in particular who stands out is Yordan Alvarez, who sits as a true contender in AL MVP odds. The 24-year-old stud had a huge year in 2021 and so far this year he’s somehow been even better, with a .391 OBP and 1.015 OPS through 50 games.
The Astros have depth all over the field, which is going to give a lot of teams problems. Their lineup is solid from 1 to 9, and they have reliable pitchers that they can throw out there at any point in a game. If you want to fade the Bronx Bombers, an Astros bet is probably the smartest play.
AL Pennant Odds: Sleeper Pick
There’s one team that has my attention in the value department and that’s the Tampa Bay Rays, who won 100 games last year and sit at +1200 value to win the American League this year.
The Rays easily won the AL East last season by eight games and haven’t been disappointing by any means to start 2022. Sitting nearly 10 games over .500, the Rays are on pace for over 90 wins once again. While it’ll take some slightly improved play from Tampa, these odds don’t respect the Rays’ chances to topple New York when it matters most.
If Tyler Glasnow comes back midseason, the Rays could get an injection to an already elite AL rotation. Add in Tampa’s unmatched depth of hitters and the team is positioned better than any other to take down the Astros and Yankees.
AL Pennant Odds FAQ
Can you bet on the AL pennant?
Yes, you can definitely bet on the AL pennant. You can make wagers on which team you believe is ultimately going to come away as Major League Baseball’s American League champion. You can also place bets on which baseball team you think will win the National League pennant.
Who is the favorite to win the AL pennant?
The New York Yankees are the current betting favorites to win Major League Baseball’s American League pennant. The Astros sit at the top of the list at +275 odds, while the Houston Astros (+375) and Toronto Blue Jays (+425) round out the top three in 2022 AL pennant odds.
Who won the AL pennant in 2021?
The Houston Astros won the American League pennant in 2021, knocking off the Boston Red Sox in six games in the ALCS. For the Astros, it was their third pennant in five years.
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Odds Shark Staff Mon, Aug 8, 11:26am