For these betting previews of teams in baseball, our perspective will be along the lines scouting reports on teams. This will include what they do and don’t do well and various odds from sportsbooks on the teams.
1) New York Yankees (1st Division odds, 1st in AL, O/U 94)
The Yankees line-up will be devastating with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird. There will be times New York will go into funks as the strikeouts will be plentiful, however, hard to imagine all five guys are slumping at the same time for more than a few days. The Yankees starting pitching and bullpen will have runs to work with which will save on the wear and tear. Realistically, the biggest question is new manager Aaron Boone. Yes, he’s less uptight than Joe Girardi, but will the players respond to a calmer locker room? Hard to bet against New York on any front.
2) Boston (2nd, 4th, O/V 91)
Good young talent base takes the field every day, but this isn’t the 1960’s where you can win without hitting home runs. The Red Sox were last in home runs last year in the American League and that last time that happened was 1930. (Gulp) If Boston could move up to say 10th, that would close the gap on Yankees. The Red Sox starting pitching has too many left-handers (4), but everyone knows what to expect from each of them except David Price, who is the wild card. Expect Rick Porcello to return to normal, somewhere better 2016 Cy Young season and last year’s disaster. New manager Alex Cora needs to rule with a velvet touch, yet be demanding at the same time. Betting Boston OVER would be easy.