American League Odds
With the 2009 Major League regular season approaching quickly, oddsmakers have released the odds to win the 2009 American League Championship and made the New York Yankees 9/5 favorites.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Yankees 9/5 favorites to win the 2009 American League Championship. Let’s take a closer look.
The Favorite: New York Yankees 9/5
After acquiring ace CC Sabathia and first baseman Mark Teixeira in an offseason shopping spree, it’s no wonder the Yankees have been made the favorites to win the American League Pennant. Teixiera joins an already stacked lineup, one that features shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and catcher Jorge Posada. If the addition of Sabathia shores up the pitching staff, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing the Bronx Bombers in the postseason once again.
Next Best: Boston Red Sox 7/2
The BoSox might not have made the kind of splash their hated rivals the New York Yankees did, but adding the likes of Brad Penny and Jon Smoltz were no minor moves. If those veterans can stay healthy and add to a pitching staff that already boasts Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jon Lester, Boston will once again be one of the best teams in the AL. The question is, can the Red Sox make a World Series push without having slugger Manny Ramirez for most of the season?
The Long Shot Sleeper: Detroit Tigers 12/1
After adding Miguel Cabrera last offseason, the Tigers were supposed to be serious World Series contenders. But injuries mounted quickly and a slow start turned into a disastrous season. Well, don’t count out the Tigers this year, which is a team that might be a great value at 12/1 odds to win the American League Championship. The lineup is stacked, with Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Placdio Polanco leading the way. But can Justin Verlander get more help this year? Can Joel Zumaya stay healthy? There are a lot of questions surrounding this team, but again, don’t count the Tigs out in 2009.
Odds to win the 2009 American League Championship
Baltimore Oriole 75/1
Boston Red Sox 7/2
Chicago White Sox 16/1
Cleveland Indians 10/1
Detroit Tigers 12/1
Kansas City Royals 55/1
Los Angeles Angels 6/1
Minnesota Twins 14/1
New York Yankees 9/5
Oakland Athletics 15/1
Seattle Mariners 45/1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 15/2
Texas Rangers 25/1
Toronto Blue Jays 40/1
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Posted: 2/27/09 12:24PM ET