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As the summer keeps moving along, MLB division races are heating up in the home stretch of the regular season. William Hill Nevada has division futures posted for all of them, with the odds shifting drastically from one week to the next.
Before a massive MLB slate is underway today, let’s look at William Hill Nevada’s current division futures for the American League.
In the AL, two of the teams that opened as the favorites to finish atop their respective divisions no longer hold that title.
The Yankees were originally listed at -220 to take home an AL East crown back on Feb. 8. Now they have the third-lowest odds at +550, trailing the Rays (-140) and Red Sox (+250). The Blue Jays are also in range at +900.
The Rays opened with the second-lowest odds at +450, whereas the Red Sox were a longshot at 40/1. One New Jersey bettor staked $1,000 on Red Sox 40/1 for a total potential payout of $41,000. The Red Sox were the AL East favorite for the first time all season back on July 2 when they were at +110 and their price reached -125 on July 6.
The Rays and Red Sox became co-favorites on July 31 at +105, and remained there until one Nevada bettor put $10,000 on Rays +105 for a total potential payout of $20,500. Tampa Bay then moved to -105, and have now settled at their current number of -140.
The White Sox have the biggest lead of any division leader at 10.5 games, and fittingly have the heaviest division odds. Chicago opened as -140 chalk, followed by the Twins at +185. Minnesota became the favorites at even-money odds on March 25, and reached a price of -105 from Apr. 5-9.
The White Sox were once again atop the board on Apr. 22 when their odds were lowered to +110 while Minnesota was at +130. Chicago has been the favorite since, and currently resides at -10000. Meanwhile, the Twins have the longest odds at 750/1, as they’re 19 games behind in the standings.
The AL West was the only AL division without an odds-on favorite on Feb. 8, as the Athletics (+110) were slightly edging out the Astros (+150) when these futures were first posted.
The highest price for the Astros all season is when they were +225 from Apr. 23-26. Houston has been the odds-on favorite since May 16, with the heaviest odds they’ve possessed being -1100. Now they’re at -900 with the Athletics, who are two games back, at +500.
A $10,000 wager has come in on both of these AL West foes. One $10,000 bet is on Astros +110 for a total potential payout of $21,000, while the other is on Athletics +150 for a total potential payout of $25,000.
Check out William Hill Nevada’s current MLB division futures for the American League below.