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2008 Odds to Win the American League: MLB Baseball Betting Odds

MLB BETTING ODDSWith the Boston Red Sox having won their second World Series title in four years, the 2008 MLB season – and more specifically, the 2008 American League Pennant race – is looking more exciting than ever heading into the 2008 season.

This preview will look at the 2008 American League Odds for each team while also giving MLB bettors a brief glimpse into how each team should fare heading into what promises to be an outstanding – and highly-competitive baseball season all the way around.

2008 Odds to Win the American League

Boston Red Sox Odds +250
The Boston Red Sox went 96-66 last season and won their second World Series in four years led by the spectacular pitching of World Series MVP Josh Beckett. With every key player back from last year’s roster, Boston looks like the team to beat in the American League even if No. 2 starter Curt Schilling starts off the season on the disabled list while nursing his ailing shoulder. At +250 in the Sportsbook, they have the look of a team that could repeat despite their subtle changes.

New York Yankees Odds +300
The New York Yankees went 94-68 last season but failed to win their annual goal of winning the World Series and enter 2008 with nearly the same cast of players that fell short last season. New York could have problems in the outfield this season and once again, have major question marks with their entire pitching staff after getting past proven veterans Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera no matter how much they try to sweep their problems under the rug.

Los Angeles Angels Odds +350
The Los Angeles Angels went 94-68 last season to win the American League West before getting knocked out in the second round of the American League Division Series by the New York Yankees. Still, the Angels were the foundation for my best MLB wagering season ever last year and should once again be a serious contender for the American League Pennant in veteran starter Jon Garland can return to the form that helped lead the Chicago White Sox to a World Series title just a couple of seasons ago.

Cleveland Indians Odds +650
The Cleveland Indians went 96-66 last season and advanced to the American League Championship Series before falling to the eventual World Series Champion, Boston Red Sox. I think most people know that the Indians have one of baseball’s best young lineups, but the main question entering 2008 is the same one that plagued this team last year –a lack of quality pitching.

Detroit Tigers Odds +325
The Detroit Tigers went 88-74 last season to fall just short of a postseason berth, but made sweeping changes this offseason, acquiring arguably the best young hitter in all of baseball in Miguel Cabrera and explosive left-hander Dontrelle Willis from the Florida Marlins. The Tigers may be the team to beat in the American League this season.

Chicago White Sox Odds +3000
The Chicago White Sox fell apart last season while going a dismal 72-90 to miss out on the postseason altogether. In 2008, the Sox will be hard-pressed to win a division that includes the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. While Chicago’s everyday lineup should score more than its share of runs, the White Sox have question marks in left field with Carlos Quentin and with their fourth and fifth spots in the starting rotation not to mention the bullpen.

Oakland Athletics Odds +3000
The Oakland A’s went 76-86 last season and while general manager Billy Beane does an outstanding job of finding and developing raw young talent, this team has far too much youth to be anything other than an ‘also-rans’ in 2008. With a starting centerfielder and starting right fielder who have combined for just under one whole season of major league experience – and several pitchers who are just as green, this could be a long season by the Bay.

Seattle Mariners Odds +800
The Seattle Mariners went 88-78 last season but fell just short of reaching the postseason last year in the competitive American League. Still, the Mariners were one of the biggest cash cows of all for me last season, joining the Los Angels as one of the two biggest wagering winners for me last season. The Mariners are a legitimate AL Pennant contender this season, with the addition of left-handed starter Erik Bedard joining ace Felix Hernandez and three other competent veteran starters and a nice batting order that features plenty of speed and a bit of power as well.

Toronto Blue Jays Odds +1800
It’s a shame that the Toronto Blue Jays play in the tough American League East with the New York Yankees and World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. The Blue Jays went 83-79 last season and could be even better this season, but will they be good enough to overtake either of their two aforementioned division rivals? I like Toronto’s everyday lineup and their starting pitching seems fairly solid. However, Toronto’s bullpen is one big question mark – again.

Texas Rangers Odds +4000
The Texas Rangers went 75-87 last season and could take another step backwards this season. Texas has a solid outfield of Mrlon Byrd, Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley and two superstars in Hank Blalock and Michael Young, but any team that features Kevin Millwood as their No.1 starter is in big trouble. Heck, Vicente Padilla isn’t a No.2 starter for that matter either. This team need pitching in the worst way.

Minnesota Twins Odds +3000
The Minnesota Twins went 79-83 last season and could take a step backwards after trading the best pitcher in baseball in Johan Santana. Minnesota appears to be headed toward big trouble with both, their batting and pitching.

Baltimore Orioles Odds +10000
The Baltimore Orioles went 69-93 last season but look like they are headed backwards in a big way. Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Loewen, Daniel Cabrera and Troy Patton are the team’s top four starters – need I say anymore? Okay – how about Luke Scott in left field and Adam Scott in center? This team is a project in the making.

Tampa Bay Rays Odds +6000
The Tampa Bay Rays went 66-96 last season and are looking to surpass the 70-win mark for the first time in franchise history. While the Rays field a solid lineup that should be able to score its fair share of runs this season, Tampa Bay’s success will depend largely on the strength of its pitching staff. If Tampa can get some solid starting pitching after their top three starters, Scott Kazmir, James Shields and Matt Garza, this hungry team could surpass its stated goal of winning more than 70 games and not finishing in last place in the powerful American League East.

Kansas City Royals Odds +6000
The Kansas City Royals went 69-93 last season and could be a bit better in 2008 though it may not be much better. Any team that feature mediocre starter Gil Meche as its No. 1 starter is in big trouble, particularly since Meche is really a No.3 starter at best. Once again, the Royals will depend on a bunch of young position players that they hope can fulfill their potential while praying that they can get some decent pitching from their third through fifth starters, following Meche and Brian Bannister.

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