The AL East and the NL East are the two most stacked divisions in baseball. The Boston Red Sox sit in the cellar of the AL East, yet they’re four games above .500. The Philadelphia Phillies were two games away from being World Series champions last year. Now they’re three games under .500 and are in fourth place in the NL East.
The Yankees are in fourth place in the division and the Mets stand in third of theirs. They’re each still in the race but now have longer odds than at season’s start.
Rays Hot Start Puts Them In Front
The Rays, who came into the year with the third best odds to take home the divisional crown, now lead the AL East by 3.5 games. Tampa Bay got out of the gate 13-0, which was the best start since 1987. They’ve led the division the entire way, and are now in minus money to end up on top at season’s end.
Tampa’s biggest strength is their roster depth. They don’t have a superstar player but they’ve got a bunch of guys that can get it done. Wander Franco and Randy Arozarena are leading the way in the Rays lineup, while Shane McClanahan leads the MLB in wins with 7. The Rays have the second best team ERA in baseball, only behind the Astros.
The Yankees are 7 games back of the Rays. New York struggled at the end of April, falling to .500. They picked up a three game sweep of the A’s and have been playing better baseball since, but still have a lot of ground to make up in the division.
AL East Betting Odds, Courtesy of FanDuel
The Orioles are tied for the second best record in baseball, at 28-16. Still, they aren’t getting much respect from NY sportsbooks. FanDuel has only moved their AL East odds up marginally since the season’s start. They represent a good value pick, but are still inexperienced, which could prove costly once September rolls around.
As for the Yankees, the bottom of the lineup has struggled this year. Yankees GM Brian Cashman could look to make some moves at the deadline to help with this issue.
Yankees fans are excited to see Aaron Judge back in the lineup. He’s been red hot since his return, leaving the yard in big numbers. Giancarlo Stanton’s return from injury is still a couple weeks out but will be a big addition for the lineup and this team’s division race chances.
Mets NL East Odds Take a Tumble
The Mets have been the biggest disappointment in baseball this season. The team has a ton of talent, but it wouldn’t be easy to tell when looking at the win column. They have won two in a row vs the Rays but they’re 22-23 on the year, and are trailing the Atlanta Braves by six games in the NL East.
The pitching staff is in large part to blame. The Mets rank 25th in team ERA. Max Scherzer has been poor to start the year and Justin Verlander heard boos the other day in his first start in Queens.
The Braves came into the season with better odds than the Mets to win the NL East. They’ve strengthened those odds over the first month and a half of the season. The Braves have the second best odds in baseball to win their division, just behind the Dodgers.
NL East Betting Odds, Courtesy of FanDuel
Despite the Marlins being second place in the division, their odds have actually taken a hit since the season’s start. The Marlins are 23-21 and have some talent, but they don’t possess the firepower of other teams in the NL East.
The Braves are coming off a 101 win season and have one of the best rotations in baseball in 2023. Ronald Acuna Jr. is the NL MVP favorite. If Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander can’t get things going on the mound, don’t be surprised to see Atlanta’s 4.5 game division lead grow.