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AL East Odds and Predictions – Who Will Win the AL East Division in 2020?

| April 6, 2020 4:36 am PDT
Predicting the MLB AL East Winner

The AL East belongs to the New York Yankees until proven otherwise. The Boston Red Sox are in shambles, the Yanks just paid big money for a savior in Gerrit Cole, and nobody else is all that scary.

Sure, the Tampa Bay Rays will put up a fight, and it’s possible Boston hangs around long enough to be annoying, but this is without a doubt New York’s division to lose.

Of course, no wager should ever be taken lightly or seen as automatic. This very much feels like that tried and true bet of the New England Patriots winning the AFC East, but things can always get crazy in baseball.

Maybe Cole face-plants in year one. Perhaps New York’s big bats keep getting hurt. It wouldn’t be crazy for the Rays to continue their rise, either.

Bettors need to consider all avenues when predicting who will win the 2020 AL East. That journey starts with noting the AL East odds to win the division at the best MLB betting sites.

Odds to Win the 2020 AL East

New York Yankees -300
Tampa Bay Rays +350
Boston Red Sox +900
Toronto Blue Jays +3300
Baltimore Orioles +8000

New York had a chance at making a title run last year and retooled their roster to improve their odds for 2020. Landing one of the best pitchers will certainly give you a better shot.

Gerrit Cole is the favorite to win the 2020 AL Cy Young and is the driving force behind New York being the new World Series favorite, so you better believe the pinstripes are the top pick here.

Tampa Bay showed their upside last year and could exploit what should be a down year for Boston. That said, you’re getting amazing value with the Red Sox, and even the young Blue Jays are interesting at +3300.

Bettors will probably want to just ignore the tempting Orioles price, but it’s worth going over every team’s chances of winning the division.

New York Yankees (-300)

Just how dominant will Gerrit Cole be in his first year with the Yankees? If he’s as good (or better) as he was in Houston, he absolutely could be the difference between the Yanks just being good and competing for a title.

New York has the offense to survive Cole not living up to expectations, though. Only the Twins launched more home runs last year, while nobody scored more runs than the Yankees.

The balance and upside are finally there on both sides of the fence for New York. Now it’s all about living up to lofty expectations.

Tampa Bay Rays (+350)

Tampa Bay is undeniably the best bet to win the AL East if you’re not going with the Yankees. The Rays have completed a rapid overhaul in the last two years and suddenly have one of the best pitching rotations in baseball.

The Rays have proven they can bore you to tears with their bullpen strategy, but they also have three viable aces in Charlie Morton, Blake Snell, and Tyler Glasnow.

The defense could be ready for a revolt, but will the offense follow closely behind? Hunter Renfroe and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo come in to hopefully answer the bell.

Boston Red Sox (+900)

Oof. The Red Sox regressed last year and then went into the offseason from hell, where they traded away Mookie Betts and lost stud pitcher Chris Sale for the year.

That will kill anyone’s spirit, but Boston still has a loaded offense led by J.D. Martinez. Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts are fantastic running mates, while the future could look bright for Boston should youngsters like Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec demand full-time roles.

The problem, of course, is the pitching.

Sale is sidelined, David Price is gone, and Eduardo Rodriguez is suddenly the only thing remotely close to an ace for this team. That’s, um, not good.

Toronto Blue Jays (+3300)

The future is honestly pretty bright for Toronto. They have lively young sticks in Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Danny Jansen, while this team quietly ranked 9th in homers in 2019.

Offensively, the future could honestly be now if it all comes together.

Much like Boston and so many other clubs, unfortunately, the pitching leaves a lot to be desired. Hyun-Jin Ryu is an underrated free agent import, and guys like Tanner Roark and Chase Anderson do round out a much more serviceable rotation than we’ve seen in recent years.

But consistency as a whole just isn’t something bettors can lean on here. That explains the +3300 price tag.

Baltimore Orioles (+8000)

The Orioles have an incredibly far way to go just to be competitive, let alone shock the world and steal this division.

Baltimore has some nice young talent, but their pitching is awful, and their bats are erratic. The odds are fun to think about, but this would qualify as getting too cute.

Who Will Win the AL East in 2020?

Betting on the AL East seems pretty self-explanatory going into 2020. On paper, there is no way the Yankees should lose this division.

It’d honestly take a serious step back from Gerrit Cole and a slew of injuries to their bats to give the Rays a chance. The fact that they get to steamroll over the likes of the O’s and Jays helps them, while Boston likely bowing out early will make this at best a two-team race.

I still think a light bet on Toronto feels fun, just because you never know when teams are ready for that huge jump. There’s no denying that their pitching has at least gotten better, while their offense offers plenty of power and upside.

Tampa Bay offers decent value and is probably the only logical play outside of New York, though. That said, the Yankees are still a pretty good bet if you go hard at the -300 price tag.

Those odds will get fatter as the year goes on, though, so now is the time to bet on the Yankees if you feel so inclined.

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Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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