Major League Baseball

New York Yankees Still Favorites To Repeat As World Champions

It’s never easy in sports to repeat as champion, but as July 1st quickly approaches, it appears as though the MLB betting reigning champion New York Yankees are on their way to making a second consecutive world title run. With the best record in the majors through 62 games, New York has paced the tight American League East, and is currently two-and-a-half games up on the division rival Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Though the 20-17 mark they have recorded on the road must improve, their 25-10 home mark is also the best in the American League, and with a veteran laden team that has only improved as the season progresses over the past couple of years, New York is well on it’s way to another postseason berth, and possibly another championship run.

The main obstacles in the Yankees’ way may reside in their own division, where despite recent mini losing streaks, the Rays and Red Sox remain less than three games back. Just one team in the American League East is operating with a mark below .500, and that is the lowly Baltimore Orioles. Pitching has been the name of the game in Boston, where one of the deepest and most talented rotations in the majors has held its own while the offense has steadily improved. Tampa Bay is playing complete baseball as well, and looks to be back in the form it was in when the Rays made it all the way in the American League only a couple of years ago. The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers each lead their respective divisions, but neither has showed the dominant pace the Yankees have at this point in the online sports betting season.

While World Cup betting has dominated the sports scene, inter league play has delivered few surprises, and other than perennial contenders Atlanta who always seem to put together solid regular seasons, more teams in the National League have underachieved to date than lived up to the hype that preluded their seasons. The Braves have the best home record in the majors, but are somehow five games below .500 on the road, and are facing stiff competition in the National League East from New York’s other team, the Mets. In the National League Central, Adam Wainwright has provided the St. Louis Cardinals with the pitching needed to help the Albert Pujols-led offense to top spot in the division. In the NL West however, it’s the surprising San Diego Padres that are competing with the San Francisco Giants for the top spot, while the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to struggles to find their place are documented like a soccer blog. Despite some excellent competition in the NL, none of the aforementioned teams have been as good as the Yankees this season, which has New York projected to repeat as World champions in 2010.

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