Vegas Odds On 2014 American League Division Series
n the 2014 American League Division Series, the wild-card Kansas City Royals rolled easily over the Los Angeles Angels 3 - 0 in that best-of-5 matchup. Kansas City swept the Angels with a powerful 8 - 3 victory in game 3, and are slated to play the Baltimore Orioles in this year's American League Championship Series. This is Kansas City's first postseason since 1985. Not known for their offensive power during the regular season, the Royals have had players like Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer hit 2 home runs apiece in the postseason already.
2014 American League Division Matchups
Baltimore reached the ALCS by sweeping Detroit in 3 games, and make an appearance in the ALC for the first time since back in 1997. Much of the Orioles' power comes from Nelson Cruz, passed over by 29 different MLB squads after last year's 50 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Cruz responded by leading the league in home runs this year, and has gone 6 for 12 (.500) at the plate with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs for the Orioles this postseason. The first game of the upcoming American League Championship Series has the Royals on the road against the Orioles, playing Friday, October 10 at Camden Yards at 8:07 PM on TBS.
About AL Division Series
You are probably aware that the AL Division Series (ALDS) decides which two MLB teams will advance to the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The winner of the ALCS heads to the World Series, and that eventual team could be one of the three division winners of the AL, or the winner of the wild-card matchup. The two teams in the American League with the best records that did not win their divisions then face-off for a one-game wild-card playoff. After that, the initial round of American League division series play advances the winner in two best-of-five series matchups.
The ALCS then uses a best-of-seven format to decide the World Series participant, . This year's All-Star game was won by the American League, meaning that the winner of the 2013 ALCS will have home field advantage during the World Series. Major League Baseball is a long, grueling season, and often times the winner of the American League Division Series is the team that is the healthiest and hottest. This means that the Vegas odds on AL Division Series participants quite often show some real value if you can spot an underrated team that has momentum and health on their side going into the playoffs.
The ALDS has seen a lot of recent recurring matchups in the past, with the Cleveland Indians facing off against the Boston Red Sox three times since 1995. The Texas Rangers have fought the New York Yankees three times since '96, with the Boston Red Sox coming out the winner three out of the four times they have faced the Los Angeles Angels since 2004. What you may not know is that the American League Division Series was not implemented until the strike shortened season of 1981. It returned again for good in 1993, when Major League Baseball restructured the AL into a three division format.
The savvy gambler will note that the ALDS winner has recently been on the losing side of the World Series five out of the seven years from 2006 to 2012, but in the 108 World Series contests that have been played through 2012, the winner of the American League Division Series has gone on to win the ultimate championship 62 times. And in the 21st century, the New York Yankees have represented the American League in the World Series three times, Texas twice, Detroit twice and Boston two times as well. Las Vegas odds on potential ALDS championship teams generally start to become solidified in September, and that is the time to look for hot underdog teams with long odds, as well as runaway favorites who are playing lights-out baseball in an effort to spot the eventual World Series participant.
Las Vegas AL League Division Series Betting Odds
Following is one click access to the most current Las Vegas odds on who will win the American League Division Series.
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