MLB betting expectations of course will always be high for the New York Yankees, who will likely begin 2011 as the MLB baseball betting favorite to win it all.
There will be plenty of changes next year as far as teams that are favored and old winners that will likely take a step or two back both on the field as well as on the betting board.
Tampa Bay’s string of 3 consecutive playoff appearances will likely end next year as the Rays will not be able to afford to keep their talented roster together.
The Philadelphia Phillies flame out against the Giants in the Baseball betting MLB playoffs does raise concerns about their long term viability. Although the Phillies have great pitching their bats betrayed them when it counted most.
Atlanta may have made a nice playoff run in manager Bobby Cox’s last year but their MLB baseball betting online ability to remain as a contender is up for serious debate as their offense lacked consistency and punch when it mattered most in the playoffs.
The Texas Rangers could be without ace starter Cliff Lee, who is feared to be headed to the Yankees, which would alter the expectations for the American League West Division race.
The Minnesota Twins had a strong run to win the American League Central but the Chicago White Sox could emerge as a leading challenger if they can shore up their lineup and starting staff just a little bit more.
A team that should be a heavy MLB betting favorite to get back into the post season would be the St. Louis Cardinals, who slumped out of the post season this year as upstart Cincinnati took the division flag. St. Louis has everything necessary for a long run in 2011.
The Cincinnati Reds are not likely to repeat as a playoff team unless they shore up their pitching staff as they were carried by a powerful lineup last year.
The Boston Red Sox are always a favorite in the American League and should leap ahead of Tampa Bay in the American League East and wild card race for 2011. Boston is rarely bad two years in a row and is in good position.