Sports Betting Week: AL East Clubs Highlight MLB Odds Slate
The AL East-leading New York Yankees enter a crucial part of their schedule this week when they welcome the Boston Red Sox to town on Tuesday for the first game of a three-game series as the -200 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Yankees enjoyed a day off on Monday after taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox on the weekend, maintaining the momentum that helped them win 17 games in the month of July and keeping them 5.5 games up on the second-place Toronto Blue Jays.
Conversely, Boston enters Tuesday night's Red Sox vs. Yankees betting matchup at Yankee Stadium at the bottom of the AL East standings, but with three wins in their last four games look primed to help out teams chasing their arch rivals.
The Yankees have dominated Boston in recent meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, winning six of their last seven head-to-head matchups, but are a middling 4-5 in their last nine home dates against Boston, and will also start the week without the services of hurler Michael Pineda who is out with a forearm injury.
Things get particularly tough for the Yankees on Friday when they kick off a three-game series against the upgraded Toronto Blue Jays.
Looking to end a 22-year postseason drought, the hard-hitting Blue Jays added to their MLB-best offense and addressed concerns about their pitching staff at the trade deadline, most notably adding former Cy Young winner David Price and five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The club has responded with five wins in their past six games, including a 5-1 win at home over the Minnesota Twins on Monday, paying as -214 moneyline underdogs in Price's first start with Toronto.
The Blue Jays' strong play and shrewd dealing has also given their World Series odds a massive boost, from 25/1 in mid-July to their current position alongside the Yankees at 10/1.
Toronto continues their current four-game series against the Twins on Tuesday as strong -180 moneyline favorites at the online sportsbooks, and will arrive in New York with confidence after taking two of three in their last visit back in April.
The Baltimore Orioles also remain in the mix in the AL East. Baltimore kicked off a nine-game western road trip in Oakland on Monday night, neck-and-neck with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East and in the race for an AL Wild Card spot.
However, the Orioles badly trail both the Yankees and Blue Jays in World Series futures betting at 40/1 odds at the online sportsbooks heading into the week.