American League Betting Lines

The younger of the two leagues in the MLB is the American League, which was established in 1901. They joined with the National League in 1903, operating as separate entities under the rule of Major League Baseball. American League betting lines tend to feature slightly different stats that the National League, which typically has less scoring, altering the numbers on bets like over/unders and spread wagering. The fact that the designated hitter is allowed to hit for the pitcher makes a huge difference in run production.

American League Betting Lines Today

This widget gives you the listing of all the games in that include American League teams on today’s MLB lineup. Go over the moneylines to see which matchup offers the best value.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Tuesday 03 October
FT Minnesota Twins 4 - 8 New York Yankees +240 -256 Odds
Wednesday 04 October
FT Colorado Rockies 8 - 11 Diamondbacks +140 -145 Odds

American League Standings

We keep you updated on all the changes in the American League standings on this part of the site. When interleague play pops up, you can also compare these divisions with the National League standings as well.

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# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395

Since the first World Series in 1903, the American League has done well against the National League, winning more than 55% of the Fall Classic matchups so far. The designated hitter rule hasn’t improved the rate at which the American League wins the World Series, as their winning percentage has actually dipped since the rule was implemented. 

Typically speaking, the American League East tends to be the powerhouse of this half of the MLB. Since the wild card postseason birth was implemented, more than 70% of wild card teams have been from the east, with the other divisions rarely making it through. This has to do with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox becoming two of the best teams in the MLB over the past few decades, along with the sudden resurgence of the Blue Jays and the Orioles in the league standings.

When considering the team to wager on from the American League, it’s important to know which starting pitcher is about to take the mound. Typically, the team with the best starter is much more likely to be considered a genuine favourite. However, other factors, such as a hot hitter or a team that happens to matchup well against another, should be considered before you make your bet.

The majority of the wagering that you’ll be doing on the American League will involve placing a wager on a single team using moneylines. For example, if the Houston Astros are up against the Toronto Blue Jays, one team will be listed as the favourite with a negative number while the other will be considered the underdog, receiving a positive number for their line. Should the sportsbook give Toronto a -325 line and the Astros a +325, you’ll have to wager $325 on Toronto if you want to win $100, while you’ll need to only wager $100 on the Astros to win $325. Moneylines are used for single games, series and many other types of bets.