MLB betting focus on the American League playoff race shows three top wild card contenders to make for 6 teams that have a shot at the post season MLB odds.
The New York Yankees were just a game and a half ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East with the Boston Red Sox lurking around as a wild card contender after sleep walking through most of the season.
The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins were also separated by only a game and a half as the Detroit Tigers have begun to implode and fell 4 games below the .500 mark in the American League Central.
The Texas Rangers were in firm command of the American League West with the Oakland Athletics putting up a meek challenge as they fought to maintain a .500 record.
Online baseball betting handicappers can focus on what should be a thrilling sprint to the wild card spot as Tampa Bay led Boston by 4.5 games with Minnesota at 5 games out. The Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland, and Los Angeles Angels are long shots and would need the top tier teams to collapse.
At this time of year one of the handicapping concerns to keep in mind are potential spoiler teams that have nothing to play for but could be dangerous opponents for the contenders.
The Baltimore Orioles are just such a team as although they have far and away the worst record in the American League, they beat the baseball odds in four straight games after Buck Showalter took over as new manager.
Showalter will be wanting to instill a good work ethic the rest of the season so Baltimore may play with far more vigor and intensity than would normally be the case for a last place team.
Despite their winning record the Twins have actually shown a money loss for the season as they have become something of a MLB betting overlay based on last year’s playoff run and the excitement of their new home at Target Field this year.
The White Sox have been a highly profitable team as they started slow, put everyone to sleep, and have been clicking since early June.
Despite the best record in the AL the Yankees are barely in the black as a team that is always one of the most expensive.