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AL West Odds 2021: Astros, Athletics Dueling At The Top

Chris Bassitt and the Oakland A's are favored to win the AL West.

The AL West odds 2021 have turned into a two-team race. The Oakland Athletics lead the division with a 40-27 record as of June 14 with the Houston Astros two games back at 37-28. Both teams have begun to pull away from the rest of the division as the L.A. Angels sit third, six games back of Oakland. Oddsmakers agree as the top two teams are heavy favorites to win the division.

Online sportsbook BetUS has updated AL West odds with the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics both favored at -105 followed by the Los Angeles Angels (+1500), Seattle Mariners (+2500) and Texas Rangers (+50000) to round out the oddsboard.

The Athletics’ -105 AL West odds mean that you would have to bet $105 to profit $100. Additionally, looking at the AL West odds 2021, our sports betting calculator tells us that the Athletics’ betting line represents an implied win probability of 51.2 percent.

AL West Odds 2021

Odds to Win the 2021 AL West 
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Oakland Athletics-105+160
Houston Astros-105+125
Los Angeles Angels+1500+375
Seattle Mariners+2500+2000
Texas Rangers+50000+7500

Odds as of June 14 at BetUS

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Oakland Athletics (-105)

On the heels of their first AL West banner since 2013, the A’s returned largely the same core that rose above expectations in the 2020 campaign. Oakland has plenty of motivation to stave off the Astros, who beat them in the ALDS last season. The series loss continued a concerning trend for a franchise that hasn’t reached the ALCS since 2006.

Oakland has one of the biggest bats in MLB in first baseman Matt Olson, who is having an MVP-calibre season, hitting .289 with a .984 OPS that ranks fifth in the majors to go along with 18 home runs (3rd) and 47 RBIs (6th). 

And overall, there is some upside with the A’s bats moving forward as they rank 10th in the majors in team OPS, but below 10th in hits, runs and RBIs.

The pitching has been solid for the A’s as well with the 12th-ranked team ERA and 12th-ranked WHIP in baseball.

Houston Astros (-105)

The Astros dominated the AL West from 2017 to 2019, winning three straight division titles and finishing with over 100 wins each year. Last year, in a season marred by injuries and fallout from the cheating scandal, the Astros got beat out by the Athletics for the AL West title by seven games.

Three-time all-star outfielder George Springer departed Texas in favor of Toronto in the offseason, but the offensive firepower on this team has not cooled off one bit. In fact, the Astros have been the best hitting team in baseball through June 14 as they lead the majors in runs, hits, RBIs, batting average and OPS.

The Astros have seven players in the top 53 in OPS this season, including Yuli Gurriel, Michael Brantley, Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa, who are all in the top 25. Big bounce-back seasons from Gurriel, Alvarez and Jose Altuve have really propelled this team to greatness offensively.

The pitching has been good too, as Houston ranks 11th in team ERA and ninth in WHIP.

Los Angeles Angels (+1500)

Despite boasting a big payroll and possessing the best player in baseball, the Angels continue to be stuck in mediocrity. Los Angeles’ playoff drought continued last year, as the franchise hasn’t been in the postseason since 2009.

An injury to the inimitable Mike Trout has put a damper on the team’s outlook this season. Trout has appeared in just 36 games as of June 14 as he deals with a calf injury. However, a healthy Shohei Ohtani has stepped up in Trout’s place to the forefront of the MVP conversation at +110 to win the award. Ohtani is 10th in the majors in RBIs, fifth in homers and sixth in OPS through 60 games while also leading the Angels in ERA and WHIP among the five players who have pitched more than 40 innings.

Unfortunately, Ohtani’s truly unique and historic season seems like it may be wasted by a team that can’t put a pitching staff together.

Overall, the Angels have the 25th-ranked WHIP and ERA in the majors and won’t be sniffing the playoffs unless they can get better pitching.

If Trout can return healthy, the Angels have the firepower to challenge for the division. But for now, they are rightful long shots in AL West odds 2021 betting.

Seattle Mariners (+2500)

Speaking of playoff droughts, the Mariners take the cake in MLB. Seattle hasn’t made the playoffs or won an AL West Division title since 2001. Evident in their +2500 AL West odds, the sportsbook isn’t expecting that trend to change.

As of June 14, the Mariners find themselves eight games out of first, fourth in the division with a 32-35 record.

The team pitching isn’t very good – they rank 21st in team ERA and 17th in WHIP – but the batting might be even worse. The Mariners rank 29th in team OPS, last in batting average and toward the bottom of the majors in most other offensive categories.

The Mariners have just one player in the top 90 in OPS as Mitch Haniger ranks 40th, leading the team in RBIs (40) and home runs (16) in the process.

Texas Rangers (+50000)

The Texas Rangers were one of the worst batting teams in the majors last season and returned the same core on offense, which doesn’t exactly bode well for their chances going forward.

The Rangers rank 27th in OPS and 23rd in batting average. They are also 23rd in team WHIP and 22nd in team ERA.

They can’t be much worse as the season moves along, but the Rangers simply don’t have the roster to improve much on those rankings. As of June 14, the Rangers are 25-41, 14.5 games back of Oakland.

They are rightfully last in AL West odds 2021 at +50000.

Best Bet: Houston Astros (-105)

With one of the best lineups in the league and a solid rotation, the Astros have the kind of depth the other teams in the AL West simply cannot match.

At -105 you aren’t going to break the bank, and we like the Angels as a good-value long shot at +1500 with all their talent, but the Astros have played like the best team in the division – even if the records don’t reflect that. They have the best shot at winning it and are our best bet for AL West odds 2021.