Spring training has started and the MLB futures markets are becoming popular again now that the Super Bowl is over. This year the American League is wide open at the top with several teams expected to fight for the 2013 AL pennant.
|Angels||+425||Best Team In Weak Division | Favorites to win pennant|
|Tigers||+450||Big Offensive Potential | Bullpen Could Pose a Problem|
|Blue Jays||+450||Big Offseason Moves | Still a longshot|
|Yankees||+625||Lost some big names but always a contender|
|Rangers||+675||Without Hamilton the offense looks weak|
Top Five Teams That Can Win the 2013 AL Pennant
We have listed the top 5 teams that we believe will win the 2013 AL Pennant. These are far from “sure” bets but the likelihood of one of the following 5 teams to go to the world series is very high.
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1) Los Angeles Angels: Favorite to go to the World Series
The LA Angels are the favorites to win the American League pennant this season. Last year the Angels were 89-73, but it wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs. The Angels have three of the best hitters in MLB including Trout, Pujols and Hamilton. They also have a great rotation and if the bullpen can hang on this season the Angels may not only win the AL pennant, but they could win the 2013 World Series. This year they added Josh Hamilton to pair with last year’s signing, Albert Pujols.
Last season the Angels hitting was superb and ranked well. They ranked 1st in batting average and with Hamilton they should be dominate again. They also added Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas to the starting rotation plus Ryan Madson as a closer.
The Angels pitching staff ranked 18th in ERA (4.02 ERA) and 16th in runs allowed (640). Jared Weaver and CJ Wilson will lead the new-look Angels rotation and this is definitely the team to beat in the American League heading into the 2013 season.
The Houston Astros are now in the AL West division, so the Angels get to play the Athletics, Astros, Mariners and Rangers more than anyone else. The Rangers are still going to be tough, but the other three teams should be easy wins for the Angels.
|Bet the Angels to win the AL Pennant at 5 Dimes Sportsbook at +425.|
2) Detroit Tigers
Detroit still has superstars Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. They also added Torii Hunter and Victor Martinez to the team, which will bolster a line-up that lacks depth. The Tigers are good, but lack a bullpen and I don’t think they’ll repeat.
Last season the Tigers ranked 6th in batting average (.268) and 11th in runs scored (726). With Hunter and Martinez the offense is expected to be better. I don’t think the Tigers pitching will be better than the Angels this season though.
3) Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are co-favorites in the AL due to their stellar off-season additions including R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Johnson and Melky Cabrera among others. Toronto was under .500 last season (73-89) and they’ll definitely improve.
Jose Bautista should have another big year, but some question marks are Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus. I think the bullpen is a concern also with Casey Janssen slotted as the closer. The Jays will have tons of pressure and I see them faltering.
|Bet the Blue Jays to win the AL Pennant at 5 Dimes Sportsbook at +450.|
4) New York Yankees
The Yankees lost the AL last season to the Tigers, but the Yankees had the best regular season record (95-67) in the AL. The NYY scored 804 runs (2nd) last season and that will most likely drop with A-Rod injured and the loss of 100+ HR’s from the team gone.
The Yanks lost Swisher, Martin, Ibanez, Chavez and Jones this offseason while adding Youkilis and Hafner. The starting rotation is solid, but a big question mark is closer Mariano Rivera after tearing his ACL last May. I’m not too high on NYY this season.
5) Texas Rangers
I thought the odds on the Rangers would be better than they are with the losses of Josh Hamilton and Michael Young. They did bring in veterans Berkman and Pierzynski, but the highest scoring team last year (808 runs) will regress this season.
The bullpen looks strong with closer Joe Nathan and set-up man Jason Frasor. However, the starting rotation has some question marks. Last year the pitching staff ranked 16th in ERA (3.99) and this year I expect an ERA of 4+ from the Rangers.
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