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Odds to Win the AL East: Can Rays Hold Off Surging Yankees?

AL East Betting Odds

MLB is into the final week of its shortened 60-game season and with that, the playoffs are right around the corner.

Heading into the 2020 campaign, the New York Yankees, fresh off the signing of Gerrit Cole, had the best odds to win the AL East and were the co-favorites to win the World Series.

Once again, though, the injury bug has reared its ugly head and hindered the Pinstripes for most of the year, which has opened the door for the Tampa Bay Rays to win their first AL East title since 2010.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released the AL East odds in the final week of the season and the Rays are the overwhelming favorites at -10000. The Yankees are behind them at +2000 as the only other team on the oddsboard, with the rest of the clubs having been officially eliminated in the race for the division title.

Before we offer some betting analysis on each team and how they could win the AL East, here are some key links to bookmark for your baseball betting:

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AL East Betting Odds

TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Tampa Bay Rays-10000+280
New York Yankees+2000-270
Boston Red SoxOTB+280
Toronto Blue JaysOTB+280
Baltimore OriolesOTB+280

Odds as of September 21 at Bovada

Can The Yankees Win The AL East?

At the time of this article, New York stands 3.5 games back of Tampa Bay with the Yankees having seven games remaining and the Rays six. So is it possible for New York to cash in at +2000? Sure, but it’s highly unlikely.

The Bronx Bombers do have some things working in their favor, though, finally getting healthy and winning 10 of their last 11. Additionally, the aforementioned Cole, who struggled out of the gate, has been lights-out in his last three starts, surrendering just two earned runs over 20 innings and striking out 27.

New York closes the season playing a four-game set against Toronto and hosting Miami for three. A little reminder that the Yankees swept the Jays last week, outscoring them 43-15 in three games. 

As for the Rays, they’ve been extremely consistent all season. They had a losing skid of five games in late July into early August but have lost multiple games in a row only once since then. Tampa Bay’s remaining schedule comes against a pair of NL East teams, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.

Overall, it’s hard to imagine Tampa Bay not winning its third AL East title in franchise history, but a little sprinkle on New York may not be the worst decision ever made.


What is a Futures Bet on AL East Odds?

When you decide to bet on the American League East odds for Major League Baseball, you’ll see an option to bet on which team will win the division. Since you’re betting on events that will happen in the near future, this is called a Futures Bet.

At your sportsbook, you would see AL East odds listed like this:

  • New York Yankees -270
  • Tampa Bay Rays +280
  • Boston Red Sox +1200
  • Toronto Blue Jays +2800
  • Baltimore Orioles +25000

Similar to a moneyline bet, the clear favorite is indicated by the minus odds symbol (-) and the rest of the teams listed are considered underdogs.

If you were to bet $100 on the Rays at the beginning of the season and they win the AL East Division, you’d get a payout of $380 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $280. On the other hand, the same bet amount on the Blue Jays would give you a payout of $2,900 – you get your $100 back, plus your profit of $2,800.

Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.