Baseball wagering handicappers continue to be impressed with the Rangers, who led the AL West Division race as one of the better balanced commodities with the baseball odds.
Texas was ranked 3rd overall in the big leagues for offensive production while their pitching staff, which showed significant improvement last year, ranked 11th overall in the majors for earned run average. Texas made solid improvement last year but there was skepticism as to whether or not they were a truly improved team that was for real or just a one hit wonder.
The Rangers powerful attack is led by Josh Hamilton who had a whopping .345 average with 22 home runs and 64 runs batted in. Veteran hitting machine Vladimir Guerrero was stellar as usual with a .323 average and 20 home runs to go with a team best 75 runs batted in. Cliff Lee anchored the starting rotation with a mark of 8-4 and a 2.64 earned run average.
The bullpen remains a concern however as closer Neftali Feliz had a rather high 3.82 ERA.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a perennial contender and MLB gambling favorite in the AL West but have been inconsistent so far this year. The pitching staff that has long been the weakness of the team continues to struggle as they ranked 24th in the majors for earned run average.
The offense, which is what has carried the Angels through their good years, slumped to 16th in the big leagues for run production.
The Oakland Athletics have struggled to reach the .500 mark and while they have had flirtations with winning and contending their 23rd ranked offense simply hasn’t been productive enough to make them a serious contender, which has been a waste for the 11th ranked pitching staff.
The Seattle Mariners may have come too far too fast last year as they made a stunning improvement in 2009, which made them the favorites to win the AL West this year. Seattle, however, has come back down to earth this year as a last place team that was almost 20 games under .500.
Seattle was 29th in the majors for run production, which has wasted the efforts of their pitching staff that ranked 9th overall for earned run average.