2011 AL West Betting Odds
(The Spread) – The Texas Rangers are favored to repeat as AL West champions, although oddsmakers envision this division race being a tight one.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Texas Rangers +120 money line favorites to win the AL West again in 2010. The Rangers won the division last year and wound up playing in the World Series, although they eventually lost to the San Francisco Giants.
The Rangers could have an extremely difficult time repeating as division champs without ace Cliff Lee, who signed with the Phillies in the offseason. C.J. Wilson now becomes perhaps the most important player on the team and he must have a repeat performance of 2010 if the Rangers are to stay competitive.
The good news is that the club signed Adrian Beltre to a free agent contract, although he must stay healthy if he’s going to contribute. Runs shouldn’t be a problem again for this team, especially with Beltre, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz in the lineup.
Perhaps the team to watch out for is the Oakland A’s, who are +220 on the money line to win the AL West this season. They have four quality young starters in Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Braden, and they upgraded their bullpen with the additions of Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes. Hopefully the additions of Hideki Matsui, Josh Willingham and David DeJesus gives them just enough offense to be dangerous.
Another team that’s +220 on the money line is the Los Angeles Angels. They disappointed last year, but the return of Kendry Morales (who was injured) will help, as will a full season of Dan Haren. If they could get a full season out of Scott Kazmir, then he and Haren form a nice 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. Offensively, the addition of Vernon Wells was interesting seeing as how he’s still owed $86 million over the next four years, but he’s coming off a strong season.
The long shot of the group is the Seattle Mariners, who are +1000 on the money line. After acquiring Cliff Lee last offseason, the M’s were supposed to compete for a division title. But their putrid offense sunk any chances they had at a good season and they wound up trading Lee to the Rangers to regroup some of their losses. Their offense is still putrid, so a fourth place finish seems likely for this club.
2011 AL West Division Odds to Win
Los Angeles Angels +220
Oakland A’s +220
Seattle Mariners +1000
Texas Rangers +120