MLB Futures Favor Rangers, but Rays No Easy Opponent

by Dirty on September 5, 2011

Betting on MLB



MLB Futures Favor Rangers, but Rays No Easy Opponent


The Tampa Bay Rays may be a virtual non-factor when it comes to the AL East playoff picture this fall, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play spoilers for some of their American League rivals.


This Monday the Rays will host the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for a three-game set and the MLB betting community will be watching.


According to Bodog’s online sportsbook, the Rangers – currently a handful of games up on the second-place Los Angeles Angels – have 11/1 odds of winning the World Series. The Rays, despite a similar record, sit at just 150/1 odds due to the Yankee/Red Sox logjam ahead of them.


Though Tampa Bay’s fate is all but decided, the series will go a long way towards Texas’ hopes of hanging on to the playoff berth. A Tampa sweep could send the Rangers into a downward spiral.


Since whichever team comes second in the AL East has the wild card berth essentially guaranteed, the AL West crown serves as the only hope for both the Rangers and Angels.


Can Texas hang on to the division lead and allow themselves the opportunity to claw their way back to the World Series as they did last year? The Angels, though down, aren’t out and still have 35/1 odds on the MLB futures board.


You can bet Mike Scioscia and company will be cheering for the Rays this week.



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