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Red Sox, A’s slight favorites in crowded AL Wild Card race


Boston’s recent slide has put the Red Sox behind the proverbial 8-ball in the American League East race, but they remain favored to at least claim a Wild Card spot.

The Red Sox (65-49) entered Tuesday 4.0 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East after going 2-8 over their past 10 games. However, they are even with the Oakland A’s (64-48) in the race for the league’s two Wild Card spots, both 2.0 games ahead of the New York Yankees (62-50).

Boston is being offered at 105 by to earn a Wild Card spot, slightly ahead of Oakland (110) and New York (115).

The AL remains a hotly-contested race, with Toronto (60-50) only 3.0 games behind Boston and Oakland, and Seattle (59-54), Cleveland (55-55) and the Los Angeles Angels (56-56) still within striking distance.

Houston (66-46) entered Tuesday with a 2.0-game lead over Oakland in the AL West, with the Chicago White Sox (67-46) holding a commanding 10.5-game lead over Cleveland in the Central.

AL Wild Card Odds

Red Sox 105

Athletics 110

Yankees 115

Blue Jays 145

Rays 145

Astros 150

Mariners 600

Indians 1200

The competition isn’t nearly as deep in the National League, where three of the best four records belong to NL West teams in San Francisco (71-41), the Los Angeles Dodgers (67-45) and San Diego (65-49). While the teams are separated by a total of 7.0 games in the standings, all three are favored to reach the postseason by oddsmakers.

Atlanta (57-55) remains within 2.0 games of Philadelphia in the East but the team that loses out on the division title will have a difficult time rallying for a Wild Card spot.

The same is true in the Central, where Cincinnati (61-52) entered Tuesday 5.5 games behind Milwaukee (66-46).

NL Wild Card Odds

Padres -200

Giants -105

Dodgers 115

Reds 200

Phillies 1200

Braves 1400

Cardinals 1400

Mets 1400

–Field Level Media