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AL Divisional Playoff Odds and Preview

MLB Betting Odds

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros +190 aren’t the favorites to represent the American League in the Fall Classic. That distinction goes to the Boston Red Sox +182 who finished the regular season with the best record in baseball. The New York Yankees +355 and Cleveland Indians +400 are considered the underdogs to win the AL, but they have just as good a shot as anyone to make some noise throughout the Wars of October.


Boston Red Sox +182 Cleveland Indians +400
New York Yankess +355 Houston Astros +190

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros -165

The Tribe’s the only of the four remaining American League teams not to have won 100-plus games in the regular season. Even so, don’t for one second discredit their ability to pull a shocker or two along the way towards making a second World Series appearance in the last three seasons. Cleveland trots out one of the more balanced team in the majors between the lines. It hits for average ( No. 2 ), power ( No. 6 ) and leads the league in stolen bases ( 135 ). The top of the rotation is tough as nails with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer leading the charge, but the bullpen leaves a bit to be desired ( No. 25 ) and could end up costing them.

The Astros won 103 games, but still ended up costing baseball bettors $181 overall. Like the Tribe, it speaks volumes about how many times they were favored over the course of the regular season. Unlike last season, the defending champs have been here before and now know what it takes to win it all. A.J. Hinch’s squad is loaded with hitting talent. From Jose Altuve to Alex Bregman to Marwin Gonzalez, there isn’t a single bat in the lineup incapable of coming up with the clutch hit to put the team over the top. The pitching department is where the team really thrives however with it ranked No. 1 in ERA ( 3.11 ), WHIP ( 1.10 ) and strikeouts ( 1687 ). The starting staff ranked No.2 in quality starts, while the bullpen owned the best collective ERA ( 3.03 ).

The Astros snared four wins in the team’s seven overall regular season meetings. As good as both squad’s pitching was, it’s surprising to see the over cashing in five times. The Indians averaged 4.1 runs per game, while Houston clocked in with 6.4.

New York Yankee vs. Boston Red Sox -165

For the first time since 2004, the New York Yankees are set to square off against the Boston Red Sox in the postseason. Last they met with the World Series on the line, Big Papi and the BoSox battled back from a 0-3 deficit to become the first team in MLB betting history to come back and win a series. That series defeat has long been heard about from Yankees fans, so the Bronx Bombers will no doubt be looking to erase that painful memory over the next week. Linemakers don’t foresee it occurring however after lining the BoSox -165 chalk on the baseball betting lines at to come out on top. Boston won 10 of the 19 regular season skirmishes with the over cashing 11 times.

New York won 100 games in the regular season, and likely would’ve won more had the injury bug not taken huge bites out of the battling lineup and pitching staff. Still, this is an offense you don’t want to mess with evidenced by both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton doing work against A’s pitching in the play-in game. The Bombers far and away led the Majors in home runs ( 267 ), and scored an average of 5.3 runs per game ( No. 2 ). The starting rotation was great in spurts, but enters this series the team’s major unknown. Should it manage to produce starts of quality, it’ll take solace in the fact that it will hand the ball over to one of the best bullpens in the game spearheaded by none other than Aroldis Chapman.

Baseball Betting Picks

The Red Sox simply destroyed their 94 game season win total by winning a league-high 108 games. In doing so, they ranked out as the second best moneymaker in the bigs. But did they peak to soon? That’s something baseball bettors have been asking for quite some time considering they more or less won the AL East when they swept that four game series from the Yankees at the beginning of August. As powerful an offense the Yankees possess, Boston’s is more efficient. It’s ranked No. 1 in runs scored ( 5.4 ), batting average ( .268 ) and OPS ( .792 ). Like the Tribe, they also swipe bases ( No. 3 ). They rate out better than the Yankees both defensively and in the starting rotation. However, a healthy Chris Sale is what puts them over the top. Is he truly 100 percent? I guess we’ll find out in the series opener.