The American League is considered by many to be the more exciting of baseball’s two Major Leagues and that’s because in 1973, it adopted the designated hitter, a batter who hits instead of the pitcher in the batting order. While the National League has steadfastly refused to follow suit and continues with its tradition of sending the pitcher up to the plate, in the American League, the DH has served a twofold purpose in boosting the AL game. Firstly, by not having to bat, starting pitchers tend to last longer into a game in the American League.
That saves wear and tear on a team’s bullpen, while also not forcing the manager to pinch hit for a pitcher who is throwing well in a close game because his team has a rally going and he’s due up to bat. Secondly, the extra bat in the order natually tends to lead to more offense in the American League.
This is good to know if wagering on American League baseball is in your plan of attack. The total bet – also known as the over/under – on runs in a game tends to be higher in American League games and with all that offense, the over it usually a safe bet.
American League Betting Lines Today
Have a look at the betting lines below to evaluate if the game is worth a bet or not. Of course, there are many other factors to consider but this is a good place to start.
American League Standings Right Now
The up to date American League standings are listed right here and they are always a wealth of information. When all of the teams were lumped into one group, and just one team qualified for the playoffs, pennant races could be done with many games left to go in the season.
Today, with three divisional crowns and two wildcard playoff spots up for grabs, most battles go right down to the wire and there are games that matter often until the final regular season pitch is delivered.
That’s great news for the American League bettor, who will not only get plenty of action all season long but also action on games that are life and death to the future of the teams involved.
How To Win At AL East Betting
The designated hitter can work against the American League in inter-league and World Series play, since all games in National League parks are played under National League rules.
It means that American League pitchers must come to bat in those games and for someone who hasn’t swung a bat all season to be suddenly asked to swing one against the best pitchers on the planet can be a recipe for disaster. That free spot in the batting order often provides a huge advantage to National League teams.
This is something to keep in mind when wagering on inter-league baseball, which since the reliagment to put the Houston Astros in the American League and give each Major League 15 teams, happens all season long.
There’s been a changing of the guard atop the American League in recent years, as long dormant franchises have re-emerged to contend for and even earn World Series crowns. The Kansas City Royals reached the World Series in 2014 for the first time since their 1985 victory and won the Fall Classic last season. The Toronto Blue Jays were American League East Division champions in 2015 and made their first postseason appearance since earning back-to-back World Series titles in 1992-93.
A mix of traditional powers like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers alongside teams that emerged as powers in the 1970s (Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics), 1980s (Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins), 1990s (Toronto Blue Jays) and in more recent times, the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the American League is as competitive today as it has ever been.
This is good news for anyone looking to wager on American League baseball, because it means every day there will be opportunities to make a play and cash a winner.