|Written by Bishop Whitmore|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 13:22|
Lost in the media circus that has been the utter dysfunction of the Boston Red Sox and the unlikely rise of the Baltimore Orioles has been a pair of more-than-relevant American League East contenders quietly making their mark on the division - and no, we’re not talking about the New York Yankees. What’s the story behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays this season and where do they factor into the MLB betting lines? Nestled comfortably above the .500 mark, the Jays and Rays have laid relatively low on the Major League Baseball radar.
Notably, however, each are capable of making a dent on the World Series futures line. With 10/1 World Series odds to win, the Rays are among the most highly-touted, second only to New York, but it hasn't yielded them any time in the spotlight - such is life in baseball’s deepest division. Starting this Monday, Tampa will get yet another opportunity to prove their division supremacy against a Blue Jays team just as capable of making a run for the AL East title in what’s shaping up to be a four-team race. Though the jury is still out on whether the Orioles are really this good (or the Red Sox really this bad), the Rays, Jays and Yankees have made their intentions perfectly clear.
With 22/1 World Series odds to win on that same futures betting line, the Jays aren't to be taken lightly, but is this the year they lock down a playoff berth for the first time since 1993? Other notable contenders to play for the championship are the Yankees at 9/1, the Atlanta Braves at 16/1 with the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants at 22/1. Rounding out the top choices to win the championship in 2012 are the Philadelphia Phillies at 10/1, Los Angles Dodgers at 15/1 and Washington Nationals at 18/1.
|Last Updated on Friday, 11 May 2012 13:30|