With the All Star game fast approaching, the 2015 MLB betting season is getting closer to the midway point. So far this season, there have been a few surprises and disappointments, which have made this season a very interesting one, when it comes to placing bets.
Earlier in the season, there was a lot of talk about how bad the AL East is, with so many of the teams in the division at .500 or below, but as we approach the midway point of the season, it is the most competitive division in baseball, and also the toughest, with four of the five teams above .500. The Tampa Bay Rays currently lead the division by one game over the New York Yankees, but I still think the Toronto Raptors, who are currently in 4th place, and are three games behind the Rays, are going to win the AL East for the first time since 1993.
Taking A Look at the 2015 Midseason MLB Betting Predictions
In the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins are in first and second place, with the Detroit Tigers staying within arm’s length 5.5 games behind the Royals. Even with the return of Justin Verlander, who missed most of the first half of the season recovering from an injury, the Tigers haven’t looked as dominant as they have been in the past, and unless they can turn things around in the second half of the season, are in danger of missing the playoffs.
The Twins have been so used to losing, it is impossible to say how long they can keep this up, especially when they have a losing record on the road. Right now, the most likely scenario for them is a 2nd or 3rd place finish in the division, and if they are lucky, they get to participate in a Wild Card game. My money is on the Royals to win their first division title since 1985.
The AL West is currently upside down, because the team that has won the division two of the last three years, is at the bottom of the standings, and the divisions regular bottom dwellers, are on top of the division. From the look of things, the A’s aren’t going to do much this year, and the best they can hope for right now, is not to finish last in the division.
The Seattle Mariners were close to making the playoffs last season, and many expected them to be challenging for the division lead, but they haven’t been able to get anything going. The Angels won the division last year, and have the current AL MVP on their roster, but they have been hovering around .500 all year long. Fortunately, they are only 5.5 games behind the division leading Astros.
The Texas Rangers were one of the worst teams in baseball last year, but they have been playing very well lately, and find themselves 3.5 games behind the Houston Astros for the AL West crown.
The Astros have been the biggest surprise in baseball, because no one expected them to be in first place in the division this season. They have cooled off the pace they were on at the start of the year, but they look like they are in this for the long haul, and will likely win the division crown.
The NL East is where most people expected it to be this season, with the Washington Nationals on top of the division, and the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves fighting for second place. Unfortunately for the Nationals, they have been hit with some injuries lately, and I think the Mets will eventually overtake them, and win the NL East.
The St. Louis Cardinals have dominated the NL Central in recent years, so it isn’t a surprise that they are back on top of the division again this season. Even without their best pitcher, they still have a six game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the best record in baseball, making them the team most likely to win this division, and make it to the World Series in the National League.
The NL West has been a battle between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the past few years, and while the Dodgers keep winning the division, the Giants keep winning World Series championships. Right now, the Dodgers have a 0.5 game lead over their bitter rivals, and a four game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are likely going to win the division for a third straight year, but don’t count out the Giants either, because they have been one of the most unpredictable teams in recent years.