It is time to start betting on baseball futures and there is no better place to start than with the AL pennant. The Detroit Tigers is the defending AL champs, and there are a lot of indications that the Tigers will be hard to unseat this year. Long time contenders such as the Boston Red Sox will not be a factor in this year’s AL pennant race. But there is a whole load of new teams that have thrown their collective ball caps in the ring and are going to take a shot at making it to the 2013 World Series.
Detroit Tigers (AL Pennant Odds: 13-4)
The online casino players make a smart move in declaring the Tigers the early odds-on favorite to be the AL representative in the World Series. The trend for the Tigers is such that it could be like the Texas Rangers and go to three consecutive World Series and win none of them. Detroit will need pitching ace Justin Verlander to start producing in the World Series if it wants to win one. But as for the journey through the AL, the Tigers should be your favorite to start the season.
Los Angeles Angels (AL Pennant Odds: 13-4)
A lot of online betting sites feel that if the Angels had just two more weeks of a regular season last year, it could have made the playoffs. Los Angeles has the pitching, fielding and hitting that it needs to be a contender. But the fate of the Angels is tied too closely to the performance of Albert Pujols. If Pujols comes out and has another terrible season in 2013, then don’t look for the Angels to get anything done.
Toronto Blue Jays (AL Pennant Odds: 5-1)
Yes, the Toronto Blue Jays has made enough significant changes to pick up good players in their prime that it justifies the confidence that the sportsbook experts seem to have in the Jays. But, as the Los Angeles Angels showed last season, it takes more than big names to win a pennant. The Jays has assembled some awesome talent, but that talent has no idea how to play together just yet. Give the Jays at least one season before people start handing Toronto the AL pennant.
Baltimore Orioles (AL Pennant Odds: 25-1)
Every futures list has to have a decent longshot, and the Orioles is the AL pennant longshots for 2013. This team is so close to being a legitimate playoff contender that people have to start taking it seriously. If 2013 is not the season for the Orioles, then keep an eye on this team because 2014 could be very interesting.
The Bottom Line
It is hard to bet against a reigning champ, and that is why the Detroit Tigers is the best bet to win the 2013 AL pennant. The team is still loaded for bear and ready to dominate.
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