2021 Major League Baseball: American League Preview

by Ben Burns

The American League has a 66-50 all-time edge over the National League, in terms of World Series titles. However, the "senior circuit" has now taken two in a row. Let's take an early look at some of the teams which will try and right the ship for the A.L. this season. 

While the American League East appears to be New York's to lose, the other two divisions are up for grabs. The White Sox and Twins are essentially co-favorites to win the Central while the Astros and A's are expected to receive a challenge from the Angels, in the West. 

Fans of the Rangers, Orioles and Royals: you're likely in for a long season. Don't completely give up yet though. Opening Day brings new hope to every clubhouse and there's almost always at least one team which defies preseason expectations. 

Though I'm not currently recommending any futures wagers, I do find it helpful to know what is expected from each team, after factoring in the usual flurry of offseason activity. I've listed the odds to win each division (courtesy of Pinnacle) below. 

Spring training games don't begin until Sunday but the players have already reported to camp. The actual season starts April 1st. 


Notes From The First Few Days Of Camp

- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reportedly lost 42 pounds this offseason.

 - Shohei Ohtani threw 97 mph in a live batting practice session.

 - Reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu has tested positive for COVID-19. 


AL EAST
Yankees -198
Blue Jays +390
Rays +449
Red Sox +2209
Orioles +4276

AL Central 
White Sox -109
Twins +123
Indians +845
Tigers +3244
Royals +4035

AL West 
Astros +116
A's +166
Angels +359
Mariners +2374
Rangers +3920

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