How To Bet On AL West

The key to success in the American League West is rooted deeply in the heart of Texas. The best teams in the division at the moment are without a doubt the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. If one of them isn’t on top at the end of the season, it will be a significant upset. The Rangers won the division crown in 2015 and 2016. The Astros were a Wild Card team in 2015 and advance to the ALCS. The Los Angeles Angels suit up the best player in the division and baseball’s most complete player in outfielder Mike Trout. [+]

Trout, if he stays healthy, has the potential to be one of baseball’s best ever. Combining Trout, a former MVP, and also a multiple-time National League MVP in veteran Albert Pujols, and the Angels have one of the more dynamic lineups in the division. But their pitching is suspect.

The Oakland Athletics, the masters of Moneyball, have been in serious decline for a couple of years now and the Seattle Mariners last won the AL West title in 2001.

 

American League West Standings

Have a look below to get a better idea of where the different teams sit in AL West standings and reference them frequently so you know the table like the back of your hand. 

 

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

American League West betting tips

After a breakout season in 2015, the 2016 campaign was supposed to be a coronation for the Houston Astros, but as is often the case when a young team enjoys a breakthrough, there was a regression.

Don’t fret. The Astros will be the best of the West in 2017. Led by MVP contender Jose Altuve, who is surrounding by a stellar supporting cast, including 2015 AL rookie of the year Carlos Correa, George Springer and Alex Bregman, Houston is primed to make some noise, not only within the division, but across MLB.

Mariners Could Be the Sleeper Team

If any club is poised to challenge the Texas two step atop the AL West, bet on it being the Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have gone through nine managers and four GMs since their last postseason appearance in 2001. But if Seattle can find enough pitching to go with their potent attack, the Mariners might finally set sail toward the playoffs.

After taking into account all of the information above, make sure to peruse the breakout table below to find the best fit for you.

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