Okay MLB baseball betting buffs, the American League Championship Series is drawing near, with the Boston Red Sox already set as one participant and awaiting the winner of Thursday’s series-deciding contest between the defending AL champion Detroit Tigers and feisty Oakland A’s.
This look at the updated odds for each team in the AL and expert analysis on just what to expect over the remainder of the AL playoffs, will give baseball betting buffs the insight they’ll need in order to make a series of potentially-winning wagers at least until the start of the 2013 World Series.
With one series set to end tomorrow night – and the ALCS set to get underway this coming Saturday, Oct. 12 – let’s get the ball rolling.
Odds to Win 2013 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/5
Boston Red Sox 9/5
St. Louis Cardinals 5/1
Oakland Athletics 13/2
Pittsburgh Pirates 12/1
Analysis: Could it be that the Detroit Tigers will make back-to-back World Series appearances? Will the upstart – but feisty as hell Oakland A’s pull off a pair of series upsets to reach the 2013 World Series?
I say ‘yes’ to both queries even though the Boston Red Sox are playing their best basketball of the season right now. The A’s are flat-out feisty and have a slew of good young hurlers that can keep them in any contest while the Tigers have a trio of outstanding starting pitchers and the game’s best hitter in Miguel Cabrera.
The postseason – in every sport – is often about which team is laying its best baseball at just the right time and now, that would undoubtedly be the Red Sox. However, things can change in a hurry in baseball, so nothing is etched in stone, even if the BoSox do look like the best remaining team in the American League.
Odds To Win 2013 American League Pennant
Boston Red Sox-5/8
Analysis: The Red Sox are the clear-cut favorite to represent the American League in the 2013 World Series, though I fully believe that either the A’s or more likely, the Tigers, could very well advance to this season’s World Series because of their equally big bats and even better starting pitching.
Boston played Detroit seven times this season, losing four times, though they absolutely spanked their AL counterparts they last time they met, winning 20-4 on September 4 in the finale of a three-game home stand.
The Red Sox played Oakland six times during the regular season, going 3-3 in those contests with each ballclub going 2-1 on their respective home fields.
Red Sox ALDS Results
Boston 12, Tampa Bay 2
Boston 7, Tampa Bay 4 (BOS leads 2-0)
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4 (BOS leads 2-1)
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 (Boston wins series 3-1)
American League Championship Series
Sat. Oct. 12: ALCS Game 1 (FOX)
Sun., Oct. 13: ALCS Game 2 (FOX)
Tues., Oct. 15: ALCS Game 3 (FOX)
Wed., Oct. 16: ALCS Game 4 (FOX)
Thurs., Oct. 17: ALCS Game 5* (FOX)
Sat. Oct. 19: ALCS Game 6* (FOX)
Sun. Oct. 20: ALCS Game 7* (FOX)