Yankees, Tigers Most Popular Bets in Early Division Betting Action

  • The New York Yankees have the most betting handle to win any division in Major League baseball at 50.5% of th total money bet in the AL East.
  • The Yankees are 14-1 in they last 14 games played
  • Detroit has the most number of tickets to win any of the division at 51.0%

Early division betting action in Major League baseball has the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers as the most popular bets.

New York has the most betting handle among all MLB teams while Detroit has the most bets in the division betting market.

Both the Yankees and Tigers are also the only teams to have more than 50% of bets or handle to win any MLB division.

Second-Hottest Team in Baseball

The Yankees are the second-hottest team in baseball with their 14-1 mark in their last 15 games ranking only second to the defending World Series champions Atlanta Braves who have won 14 consecutive games. The Yankees have lost just 7 times in their last 30 games played or a winning percentage of .767 during that span. They are 47-16 on the season and have a huge 10-game lead over the second-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East Division.

New York opened as the +200 co-favorites with Toronto to win the Division at the BetOnline App but after their hot start, the Yankees are now the -400 to win the division with Toronto falling back at +400 odds. New York has the shortest odds among the current division leaders and they also have 50.5% of the total betting handle to win the AL East, the highest betting handle to win any division. Their ticket count of 23.0% ranks second to Toronto’s 33.5%. However, Toronto only has 30.3% of the total betting handle to win their division title.

The Bronx Bombers have also seen their World Series odds shorten to +500 from an opening of +1000 with only the Dodgers having shorter World Series odds than them at +375. Los Angeles and New York both have 12.4% of the total betting tickets in the World Series market but the Yankees have a bigger share of the money pie with 18.4% of the total handle with the Dodgers next at 14.6%.

Tigers Rank 30th in Offense

The Detroit Tigers rank last in Major League Baseball in runs scored (168 runs), hits (440), home runs (31), and OPS (.591) among other offensive statistics. Detroit’s OPS is way below the league average of around .703. The worst season in the DL area in baseball history belonged to the Angels who were a .621 in 1976. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were at .617. If the Tigers keep up their current pace, they will end up setting a new record.

With the worst offense in baseball, it’s no surprise why the Tigers are 24-39 this season and 12 games off the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central Division. Detroit’s division odds have faltered from +650 to +8000 but in the latest division betting tally, their 51.0% bet count is the most for any MLB team to win the division. The Tigers’ 31.2% betting handle is also the highest in its division.

The Tigers are 408-576 or .415 since Al Avila took over as General Manager on Aug 4, 2015. Detroit has 14 consecutive sub -.400 seasons, including five under Avila. At 24-39 this season, the Tigers are just .381 and could very well be headed to a 6th straight sub .400 season.

Read More

Author: Micheal May