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AL Power Rankings: Heavyweights Yankees, Orioles Set to Collide

Guardians OF Kwan Flirting With .400

There is still plenty of baseball left to be played, but is it time to start worrying about the last two World Series champions? The Texas Rangers have lost three games in a row and are now six games behind the Minnesota Twins in the race for the final playoff spot in the American League. The Houston Astros are 6½ games out of the playoffs.

The most interesting development could be in the American League East. The Baltimore Orioles have cut three games off the lead of the New York Yankees over the last 10 as the teams will begin a three-game series on Tuesday. They are among the front-runners in the American League power rankings. The Yankees and the Orioles are the only two teams in the American League with run differentials over +100.

AL Power Rankings: Heavyweights Yankees, Orioles Set to Collide
Bobby Witt Jr. #7 of the Kansas City Royals / Jayne Kamin-oncea / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via Afp

If the playoffs began today, three of the six teams would come from the American League Central Division, with the Cleveland Guardians, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins holding down postseason spots.

When looking at MLB futures odds, the New York Yankees lead all American League teams with +475 odds of winning the World Series, followed by the Orioles at +900 in the championship odds.

Here’s a look at the current American League Power Rankings as 14 of the 15 teams have played at least 70 games.

 

1. New York Yankees (-20000 to make playoffs)

Yankees fans have seen this act before as Anthony Rizzo suffered an injury. Rizzo injured his arm so keep an eye on his status. It has been a slow start for the veteran first baseman, who is hitting .223 and eight home runs. He missed 63 games last season and 32 games during the 2022 season.

Even with some injury concerns, the Yankees have the best record in the majors. American League Most Valuable Player front-runner Aaron Judge is up to 26 home runs and 64 RBIs. At his current pace, Judge would have 57 home runs and 141 RBIs this season. Luis Gil is 9-1 with an ERA of 2.03 and 96 strikeouts to lead the pitching staff.

The sportsbook odds have Judge (+120) and Juan Soto (+400) as the leaders in the American League Most Valuable Player odds.

 

2. Baltimore Orioles (-5000 to make playoffs)

Baltimore would be leading four of the other five divisions with a 47-24 record, and in the other, it would be tied for first place with the Philadelphia Phillies for the top spot in the National League East.

The Orioles are just 1½ games in back of the Yankees with a three-game series coming up with the Bronx Bombers in New York.

Outfielder Colton Cowser has two home runs in his last five games. If he starts to heat up, watch out. Led by Gunnar Henderson’s 22 home runs, five Orioles are already in double digits in homers. Cowser and Ryan O’Hearn need one more HR to join them.

After a tough outing in his MLB debut, 24-year-old lefty Cade Povich limited the Atlanta Braves to five hits and no runs with six strikeouts in six innings the last time out.

 

 

3. Cleveland Guardians (-600 to make playoffs)

Cleveland is just 5-5 over the last 10 games but still has a comfortable lead in the American League Central Division race. However, two of the next three series come against the American League West-leading Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles.

While he doesn’t have enough at-bats to qualify, outfielder Steven Kwan is hitting .398 with an on-base percentage of .456 this season. Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor have combined for 35 home runs while Logan Allen leads the pitching staff with seven wins.

With closer Emmanuel Clase having an ERA of 0.81 and four other relievers posting ERAs under 2.00, Cleveland has one of the best bullpens in the majors.

 

4. Kansas City Royals (-135 to make playoffs)

Is it time for shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. to get more love from the sportsbook odds in the American League Most Valuable Player race?

Witt, who recently turned 24, is hitting .327 to lead all qualifier batters. He is on pace for 131 runs, 42 doubles, 16 triples, 24 home runs, 113 RBIs and 53 stolen bases.

Witt is not going to catch Judge in the home run race, but few players contribute as much to their team’s success. Witt is hitting .393 in June. He’ll need some help as no other Kansas City batter is hitting at least .300 in June.

Seth Lugo already has a career-high with 10 wins, as this is just the third time in nine MLB seasons that he has been a starting pitcher for the majority of his games.

 

5. Seattle Mariners (-550 to make playoffs)

This was a tough call as both the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins are 7-3 over the last 10 games. Thanks to a 27-12 record at home, the Mariners get the nod with a slightly better record.

There has been plenty of pressure on the pitching staff considering that Seattle has a .208 team batting average in the last seven games. However, 19 extra-base hits have helped during that stretch.

Bryan Woo hasn’t pitched since June 6. With a 3-0 record and 1.07 ERA in six starts, the Mariners want to see him out there on a more frequent basis.

 

The Rest of AL Pack

  1. Minnesota Twins (-165 to make the playoffs)
  2. Boston Red Sox (+360 to make playoffs)
  3. Houston Astros (+185 to make playoffs)
  4. Detroit Tigers (+550 to make playoffs)
  5. Texas Rangers (+330 to make playoffs)
  6. Toronto Blue Jays (+330 to make playoffs)
  7. Tampa Bay Rays (+550 to make playoffs)
  8. Los Angeles Angels (N/A)
  9. Oakland Athletics (+2500 to make playoffs)
  10. Chicago White Sox (N/A)

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions of the Day

Who is leading the American League in batting average?


Kansas City shortstop Bobby Witt leads all qualified hitters in the American League with a .327 batting average followed by New York Yankees outfielder Juan Soto at .315.

Which American League teams have the best records at home and on the road?


The Seattle Mariners lead the American League with 27 home wins. Baltimore and Kansas City are both 25-14 at home. The New York Yankees are 28-14 on the road.

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