Now that we’ve passed the All-Star Break and we’re heading into the month of August, we’re heading into the stretch run of the Major League Baseball season.
In looking at all of the divisional races, it’s clear that there are three divisions where teams are running away with things. Let’s take a look at those three divisions so you can continue with your betting against the American League Division Odds and the National League Division Odds.
Major League Baseball 2022 Division Leaders that Are Running Away from the Rest | AL & NL Betting Analysis
American League East
Heading into tonight’s action, the New York Yankees hold an 11.5-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees have had a huge lead since early in the season, and unless they have some massive injury issues, the Yankees should continue to control the division.
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Blue Jays have the ability to make a run at the Yankees, but that lead will be hard to overcome.
The Yankees have one of the most powerful lineups in baseball. Aaron Judge is having an MVP season. Even though he just went on the injured list, Giancarlo Stanton has been tremendous as well.
The starting pitching has been superb, and the Yankees always seem to have one of the best bullpens in baseball.
The Yankees have the best record in baseball, and we don’t see anyone catching them at this point.
American League West
Led by the ageless wonder Justin Verlander, the Astros pitching staff has been one of the best in baseball. Even though Verlander is the only big name on the staff, the others have done a tremendous job all season.
Yordan Alvarez has been big this season, Jose Altuve is always steady, and the Astros have had contributions from many others. If we had to place a bet right now, we’d say that the Astros and Yankees would meet in the ALCS.
Even though Seattle has some rising, young superstars, we don’t think that they have enough in the tank to catch the Astros this season.
National League West
The favorite to win the World Series prior to the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers, have lived up to the hype and are running away with the National League West.
Even with Max Muncy having an awful season, the Dodgers have still managed to have a great offense. The pitching staff has been good, and even though the closer situation has been murky, the Dodgers still continue to win games.
Even though the Padres will get Fernando Tatis, Jr. back soon, and they’ve been rumored to be in on some big names at the trade deadline, we don’t think that they can catch the Dodgers.
They’ll just be playing for a better wild card spot. The NL West will once again belong to Los Angeles, and they’ll win by a landslide.