When the Tampa Bay Rays began the season 13-0 and saved that sizzling streak going for weeks afterward, it appeared just like the Rays profitable the AL East was a wrap.
If any crew was going to make a cost at them, the Baltimore Orioles did not seem to be the one.
The AL East standings are a bit stunning if you have not checked out them shortly. After the Orioles received once more on Monday, they’re solely 4 video games behind the Rays. Baltimore is 48-29 as its younger lineup has come collectively very quick.
The standings have shifted, and so have the chances.
Rays nonetheless lead the AL East odds
Tampa Bay continues to be, rightfully, an enormous favourite within the AL East. They’re -750 at BetMGM. The Rays do not have many weaknesses, with a shiny +150 run differential to show it.
But, it looks like -750 is a bit heavy for a crew whose lead is simply 4 video games with a half of a season to go.
Are the Orioles a very good worth? They’re +900 to win the AL East. The New York Yankees, whose offense has been struggling with out injured Aaron Decide, are 9.5 video games behind the Rays. The remainder of the division is 10 or extra behind. It is roughly midway by the season — the Rays have performed precisely 81 video games — so there’s loads of time for all of it to vary. Nevertheless it looks like if anybody goes to beat the Rays, it will be the Orioles.
And whereas the Rays appear like the higher crew, a +900 shot on the Orioles would not seem to be the worst guess.
Orioles have been on a roll
It is not like you may dismiss a 13-0 begin to the season. However since then the Rays are 41-27, a .603 profitable proportion. The Orioles are at .623 for the season, and it is .646 since their mediocre 6-6 begin to the season.
That is cherry selecting stats, however the Orioles have been enjoying very properly. There is a good motive they’re again within the AL East race.
Baltimore is being led by its younger offensive stars like catcher Adley Rutschman and infielder Gunnar Henderson, who has heated up after a sluggish begin to the season. The Orioles’ beginning pitching is not nice, nevertheless it has been first rate and the bullpen has been stable all season.
After all, all the pieces the Orioles do properly, the Rays do properly too. They’re quantifiably higher than the Orioles. That is the rationale the Rays are favored by a mile to win the division. They usually most likely will win the AL East.
However the Orioles’ surge has introduced some intrigue to the division race. Possibly Baltimore cannot overtake the Rays, however at +900 odds it could be value discovering out.