2022 MLB AL East Betting Analysis and Predictions for the Upcoming Season

2022 MLB AL East Betting Analysis and Predictions for the Upcoming Season

Both sides have struck a deal and we are going to get a full baseball season in 2022. That is a relief when you consider that it looked as though we might not reach this point anytime soon. Now that we know the regular season is coming, it’s time to start breaking things down to see which teams might be in the World Series hunt this season. There are the obvious favorites, but there are also a few teams who might just upset the apple cart and become a legit dark horse. We are going to take a look at every division ahead of the season opener. Let’s get the ball rolling with the AL East so you can plan your bets against the MLB AL Division Odds.

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A Quick Breakdown of the AL East Teams

You could make a case for 4 of the 5 teams in this division, but we need to start by looking at the Tampa Bay Rays, who won the East last year by 8 games. They were the only team in the division to win 100 games. The Rays are probably the favorite to win it again this season, but they will also have a little bit of a cushion given that 6 teams from each league now go into the playoffs.

Given their moves in the offseason, you have to believe that the Toronto Blue Jays are going all-in on a World Series run. I think they could well be the biggest threat to the Rays this season, assuming that their new acquisitions gel quickly. There are going to be a lot of bettors looking at the Blue Jays to win the East and maybe go all the way.

The New York Yankees always need to be considered a threat to win this division, but there is a definite sense that there is a changing of the guard taking place in the AL East. The biggest problem that the Yankees face this season is the status of their unvaccinated players. We know that none will be able to play in Toronto when they travel there, but they might also have trouble at home. That may be what derails them from making a run.

The Boston Red Sox do have a shot at winning the division, but in reality, a Wild Card spot looks like a more reasonable way for them to get in. Their weakness seems to lie in the pitching department and particularly in the bullpen, where they appear to be rather thin. This is such a cutthroat division, though, that the Red Sox might just do enough to book a postseason spot.

There really isn’t much point in going into too much detail about the Baltimore Orioles, as they look to be well behind every other team in this division in terms of competitiveness. The fact of the matter is that they are likely to be officially eliminated long before we get to the homestretch of the regular season.

Division Winner Prediction

Given how dominant they were last season, not to mention the pitching staff they have in place, the Tampa Bay Rays look like the team to beat in the AL East. While it would not really be considered a huge upset, taking a gamble on the Toronto Blue Jays might not be a bad idea either.


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