The disrespect for the Boston Red Sox continues at the betting window.
Despite a first-place standing in the loaded American League East, the Red Sox have been leapt by the Toronto Blue Jays in the divisional betting markets at FanDuel. The New York Yankees remain the odds-on favorite at -115 ($115 wins $100), then the Jays (+400), Sox (+450) and Tampa Bay Rays (+500).
So if you still believe in Alex Cora’s bunch, this is a pretty good time to fire.
“The offense has cooled down a little bit,” one professional bettor told NESN. “But that price doesn’t make much sense. My guys are betting anything +400 or higher on Boston. That’s a really good number on a first-place team and we believe they’ll be in the race all season.
“Remember, oddsmakers have been way off on this team all the way. Boston’s season win total opened below 80. They were 20-to-1 or higher to win the division. The rotation is about to get huge a boost with Chris Sale’s return and they might be in the market for another starter by the deadline.
“I’m going to keep buying Red Sox stock.”
Bettors and bookmakers are bullish on the Yankees eventually rising to the top and winning the division. Bettors love to bet the Bronx Bombers and books appear to be enticing you to bet on everybody else by jacking up the odds across the board.
Thing is, the Red Sox were as low as +300 to win the AL East a couple weeks ago, so there’s definitely some value in +450 on a first-place team. I don’t care that the Yankees are on a 7-3 run right now. If anything, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. If New York cools off and loses 5 of 8, the market will shift again and +450 on the Sox will go away.
Red Sox AL East odds
William Hill +375
You should always maximize your money by shopping around for the best possible price. A $100 AL East future bet would make you $375 at BetMGM and $450 at FanDuel if the Red Sox deliver.
If you think the Sox will still be fighting for a division crown in September, I suggest you fire on that +450 price right now. The odds will continue to shorten if they keep proving all the doubters wrong.
I’m ready if you are.
Red Sox to win AL East +450
RECORD: (38-30, +6.2)
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