Major League Baseball rivalries are as historic as it gets. The Yankees and Red Sox have been rivals since before 1900. Even more modern rivalries like Houston versus the Angels causes emotions to rise. With that in mind, check out the two best rivalries in each AL Division for the upcoming 2023 season so you can plan your bets against the MLB Odds.
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2023 MLB Regular Season
- When: March 30 – October 1
- New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays
Most expect both the Yankees and Blue Jays to make it to the postseason. The Yankees are the early favorite to win the World Series. The Blue Jays are a top five choice.
Right now, the Yankees have the edge in the season series. The reason? NYY added Carlos Rodon to their rotation. The Yankees boast Gerrit Cole, Rodon, Nestor Cortes, Luis Severino, and Frankie Montas.
The Blue Jays’ rotation is decent, Kevin Gausman can deal, but it doesn’t have the depth that the Yankees rotation has.
- New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox
On paper, the Yankees’ roster is much better than Boston’s. But the Red Sox have a way of playing above their talent level any time they face their brothers in pinstripes.
Boston won’t come close to challenging the Yankees for the AL East title. The Red Sox could, though, play spoiler and open the door for the Jays to win the division.
- Cleveland Guardians vs Chicago White Sox
The entire AL Central is mediocre. The Guardians have the best chance of winning the division and making a splash in the playoffs.
Cleveland beat Chicago by 11 games last season even though the White Sox entered 2022 one of the favorites to win the American League. If Tristan McKenzie takes the next step and becomes a second ace to top dog Shane Bieber, Cleveland’s rotation will succeed.
But if McKenzie doesn’t, expect the Chi-Sox to get it done. Lucas Giolito can’t be as bad as his 4.90 ERA suggests. Dylan Cease should have a decent season, Lance Lynn is a steady starter, and the lineup is the best in the division.
- Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins
The Twins are scrambling. Minnesota handed Carlos Correa a 12-year deal. Correa is a great player.
He doesn’t throw fastballs, though, and Minnesota requires an ace to head up their rotation. No doubt, Sonny Gray is good, but he’s 33. So unless the Twins find that lockdown dude, they will have to outscore the White Sox in almost every game.
- Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners
Justin Verlander jumped to the National League to play for the Mets, but it may not matter to the Houston Astros. The Stros still have one of the best starting rotations in baseball.
Framber Valdez, Christian Javier, and Luis Garcia are as good of a top three as it gets. The bats remain solid as well.
If there is a team that will challenge the Stros in the AL West, it’s the Seattle Mariners. Seattle ace Luis Castillo brought his ERA to lower than 3.00 last season.
Castillo is solid. So is Logan Gilbert. The real key for the Mariners will be keeping pace at the plate. If Seattle can score with Houston, they can win the rivalry.
- Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels
The Halos made what could end up one of the smartest moves during the MLB offseason. LAA landed Tyler Anderson from the rival Dodgers.
Anderson went 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA. He takes pressure off ace Shohei Ohtani. Any pressure the Halos can take off Ohtani on the mound means Shohei will be more effective at the plate.
One starting pitcher may not be enough for the Angels to beat Houston in the season series. But it could rough up the Stros enough for the Mariners to grab the division.