This season is set to be an interesting one in the American League East, with multiple teams in this division that are being given chances to win the American League pennant. The New York Yankees were the favorite to win this division going into the season, but this division has belonged to another team so far in 2023. Here, we look at this year’s AL East futures betting odds and make our pick to win the division.
2023 AL East Futures Betting Odds
Tampa Bay Rays: On Fire
Tampa Bay fell short in the Wild Card round against the Cleveland Guardians last season. But they do not appear likely to be a Wild Card team this season, as they are well ahead of the pack in the AL East in 2023. Tampa has had the best record in baseball for most of this season, and it will take a Herculean effort for any team to knock them out of the top spot in this division before October rolls around.
New York Yankees: Righting the Ship
The New York Yankees were the favorites to win this division, as they look to repeat as division champions this season. But things in New York have been hit or miss this year, as the Yankees are a middle of the pack team in the AL East. Being in the middle of the pack is better than being in last place, where the Yankees were for much of the first couple of months of the season. But it will be difficult for the Yankees to catch Tampa Bay going forward.
Toronto Blue Jays: In Need Of More Offense
Coming into this season, it was expected that the offense of the Toronto Blue Jays would propel them to contention in this division. But their offense has not done enough to keep the Jays in the top half of the AL East so far this year. While Kevin Gausman is developing a nice AL Cy Young campaign in Toronto, this team will not be able to catch up to the Rays without putting more runs on the board consistently.
Red Sox and Orioles: Longshot Bets
Both the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles have long odds to win the AL East this season relative to the teams listed above. While the Red Sox are deserved longshots by virtue of being in last place in the AL East, the Orioles deserve a little more respect. They are in the top half of the standings in this division, and have played competitive baseball all season long. If the Orioles continue playing this way, they could see their AL East futures odds shorten in a hurry.
2023 AL East Futures Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees will likely tighten the race for the AL East over the next couple of months. But the Rays have been so good this year both at the plate and on the mound, and they are unlikely to relinquish the lead in this division. While there may not be much value in the Rays at their current price, they are still the right choice to finish atop the AL East.