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Odds to Win the AL West: Astros Favored to Win Fourth Straight Division Title

Odds to Win 2020 AL West

The AL West Division is going to be interesting for a variety of reasons in 2020, both on and off the field. Despite a major cheating scandal surrounding the Houston Astros, sportsbooks believe the ‘Stros will walk away with a division banner for the fourth year in a row.

Houston is -275 at Bovada to win the AL West, with the Oakland Athletics (+400), Los Angeles Angels (+650), Texas Rangers (+1200) and Seattle Mariners (+12500) available in plus money at the shop.

The Astros are joined by the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers as the teams that are set to open the season in minus money to win their respective divisions. 

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of what to expect in the West this season:

Houston Astros (-275)

The Astros won 100 games for a third straight campaign and secured the American League pennant before losing in their own ballpark in Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals. But a sign-stealing investigation in the offseason revealed that in 2017 and 2018, the Astros illegally stole signs of opposing teams using technology.

As a result, manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire 2020 season and were subsequently fired. The organization was fined the maximum allowable $5 million by the league and forfeited its first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

With longtime MLB manager Dusty Baker hired to be at the helm in place of Hinch, experience in the dugout coaching-wise is not going to be an issue for Houston. The scandal is a black eye for this team and will likely dominate off-field headlines, but even without Gerrit Cole around, they still possess the most talent in the division and are priced at -275 for a reason. 

Houston Astros 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at Bovada

Oakland Athletics (+400)

If any AL West club is going to dethrone the Astros, it’s the Athletics. The A’s have been on the losing end of the wild-card game each of the past two years, but back-to-back 97-win seasons cannot be overlooked. Oakland has a lot of key pieces to build around, but a lack of firepower in the starting rotation could become this team’s ultimate downfall in 2020.

General manager Billy Beane has stated he’s not going to be afraid to look elsewhere for help around the trade deadline if his team is in contention, so the A’s roster could get deeper as the season goes on.

Oakland Athletics 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at Bovada

Los Angeles Angels (+650)

Mike Trout collected his third AL MVP Award in 2019 and somehow got better in the process. Now it’s time for the rest of his team to follow his lead. The Angels, who’ve made just one postseason appearance since 2010, are doing everything they can off the field in order to once again become contenders in the AL West.

L.A. missed out on Cole, but a $245-million deal for Anthony Rendon will make the Halos a significantly better team offensively. With Shohei Ohtani set to return in the coming months and top prospect Jo Adell on deck, the Angels are surely going to improve on the 72-win team from a year ago.

The pressure is on to win in California – whether the Angels are up to the task or not remains to be seen, however.

Los Angeles Angels 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at Bovada

Texas Rangers (+1200)

The Rangers finished second in the race to sign Rendon, but all hope is not lost in the Lone Star State. Texas won 78 games in 2017, 67 in 2018 and 78 a year ago, yet this edition of the Rangers is trending in the right direction. With the Rangers set to open a new ballpark, some baseball pundits have tabbed this team as a legitimate dark horse in the AL West.

An improved pitching rotation led by newly acquired ace Corey Kluber gives the Rangers a different look on the mound. After multiple down years, the Rangers seem to be on the rise.

Texas Rangers 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at Bovada

Seattle Mariners (+12500)

Ask any Mariners fan you know and they’ll likely tell you that life as a fan of this franchise is not easy. Seattle’s playoff drought is approaching the two-decade mark, as the M’s haven’t made a postseason appearance since 2001. That’s likely not going to change in 2020, with the Mariners projected to be one of the worst teams in baseball.

Even at +12500, there’s simply no value in backing the Mariners in division odds this season. The roster is not good enough to keep pace with the four teams already listed, so you’re best off looking elsewhere for long-shot value in divisional odds.

Seattle Mariners 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at Bovada

Odds to Win the AL West
Houston Astros-275
Oakland Athletics+400
Los Angeles Angels+650
Texas Rangers+1200
Seattle Mariners+12500

Odds as of February 12 at Bovada