How To Bet On The American League

Organized by Ban Johnson in 1900, the American League was the latest attempt by a rival league to compete with the established National League. But they were the first league to make it work. So good was the quality of AL baseball and so sound were the AL franchises that several NL players willingly jumped leagues when their NL contracts expired. The operators of the NL took notice, and in 1903, the two leagues ended the war and hammered out a working agreement that led to peace between the rival Major Leagues and the birth of the World Series.

What Are The American League Standings

The up to date American League standings can be found right here and they are always a wealth of information to the baseball bettor.

 

MLB
MLB
# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395

Online Tips For American Leage Bettors

The wonderful aspect of the Major League Baseball is that it may be the easiest sport to bet.

Unlike football, you don’t have to give a point spread if you are betting favourites, and with as many as 15 games to choose from, careful study of tendencies, knowledge of pitching rotations – watch for No. 5 starters facing a staff ace – and the schedule – look for day games following a night game, or doubleheaders when a team might recall a pitcher from the minor leagues to spot start the extra game, makes for successful wagering. 

The American League has proven to be the dominant loop in the Fall Classic. Through 2015 Americian League teams held a 64-47 edge over the National League in World Series outcomes. 

The New York Yankees hold the edge in both World Series appearances (40) and wins (27). In fact, the Yankees have lost more World Series (13) than the National League team with the most wins, the St. Louis Cardinals with 11, have won.

The Oakland Athletics (14), Boston Red Sox (12) and Detroit Tigers (11) are other American League teams with double-digit World Series appearances. The Seattle Mariners are the only American League team that’s never made it to the World Series.

Since Major League Baseball opted for regular season interleague play in 1997, it has created an interesting scenario for the baseball bettor. Since only the American League employs the designated hitter, it means that American League pitchers must come to bat in games played at National League ballparks. Logically, you’d think this would lead to a significant advantage for National League teams but the analytics don’t bear that out. 

Nine American League teams own better than .500 records in interleague play, led the by the New York Yankees at .630. By contrast, just five National League teams show winning marks during interleague play. The American League fashioned a winning record in interleague play every season from 2002-2015.

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Another element the baseball bettor must love about the American League is the balance within the league. Since 2007, 13 of 15 American League ballclubs have won a division crown and 14 of the 15 teams have appeared in the playoffs, so when you’re playing a futures bet in the American League, don’t be afraid to go for a long shot.

For example, both the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros would have paid out handsomely had you wagered on them to make the AL playoffs prior to the start of the 2015 season.