AL West Showdown: Astros, Mariners, and a Climactic Finish


Sep 26, 2023

As we approach the climax of the MLB regular season, the American League West divisional race is turning out to be one of the most captivating stories in baseball. And if you’re looking closely at those numbers on the far right, buckle up because the next six days could bring about a whirlwind of changes.

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If the Houston Astros manage back-to-back wins today and tomorrow, we’re in for some seismic shifts. Why? Because it would mean the Seattle Mariners‘ hopes of clinching the division are effectively dashed. Even if the Mariners were to somehow emerge victorious in the American League, they now stand as the stark underdogs. The Mariners are in dire straits – they’d need an almost miraculous five-game winning streak to turn things around, especially considering their current four-game skid. All in all, things aren’t looking up for Seattle.

What’s puzzling for many is the continued faith in the Mariners, even in today’s game with George Kirby as the favorite. The odds should probably lean more toward an even match. And if you’re considering betting on the Astros, perhaps it’s the ideal time with Cristian Javier taking the mound. But don’t take the Astros with plus money. If anything, it should be a pick ’em. The strategy here seems clear – if you rode the Astros’ wave yesterday and they emerge victorious today, it’s a no-brainer to back them again tomorrow.

However, let’s not forget the Texas Rangers. If they slip up and lose a game to the Los Angeles Angels, expect their odds to take a hit. But at this stage, any significant fluctuation in their odds is essentially a moot point. When the numbers start crystallizing, the divisional outcome becomes less of a guessing game and more of a straightforward math problem.

In essence, the last week of the regular season in the American League West is shaping up to be a nail-biter. The stakes are high, and the anticipation is palpable. Whether you’re a fan or a bettor, brace yourself for a thrilling finish.

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