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MLB is done with the All-Star break, and now ready to begin the second half of the 2011 season, with teams looking to make that playoff push in hopes of tying to capture to World Series Title.
Through the first half of the season, several teams have put themselves in good position to make that run and be a contender and factor as the post-season draws nearer.
In the American League, it’s the usual suspects that are at the forefront on the list of betting odds to win the AL Pennant and earn a berth into the 2011 World Series. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, along with the reigning AL champion Texas Rangers lead AL Pennant betting lines.
It’s the Red Sox which are above the other two however, sitting at 8/5 to reach the World Series on the latest AL Pennant betting lines at Bodog Sportsbook. The Red Sox are in a tight race with the Yankees in the AL East division coming out of the All-Star Game, currently possessing just a one-game lead. But oddsmakers obviously believe that Boston will get the better of New York by the conclusion of the regular season.
The Yankees come in just behind the Red Sox, sitting at 11/4 on online sportsbook on the latest AL championship betting odds. New York lost to the Rangers in the ALCS last season.
And that Texas team is showing that they are here to stay, and a contender in 2011 just like in 2010. At 15/2, the Rangers round out the top-three favorites to win the AL Pennant on Bodog Spotsbook, at 15/2.
But after these top-three teams, the next-closest sits at 10/1, indicating that oddsmakers believe that there is a strong possibility that one of the three teams, Yankees, Red Sox or Rangers, will be the team that wins the AL Pennant and reaches the 2011 World Series.
As with any betting line such as this, expect it to continually change as the second half of the season progresses, with new odds being formed relating to the performance of each team as the post-season grows closer and closer.