Found March 26, 2013 on 60ft6in:
Often those teams that are hot favorites with the sports betting sites to win their divisions are also among the favorites for the league pennants and even the World Series. This means that many baseball betting fans opt for combined bets on a particular team, but which clubs would make a good bet for this season’s AL West division? In fact the hot favorites for the AL West are the Los Angeles Angels, despite having a dreadful season last year, which saw them fail to even reach the play-offs. This was largely attributed to a sluggish opening to the season, and the Angels will be hopeful that Albert Pujols has had the time to adjust to the team now, while the presence of Mike Trout on their side for the full season should also improve their chances. Although the Angels are clear favorites, with odds of -120, they are certainly not the only contenders, as the Texas Rangers look to be their closest rivals. They have odds of +170, but may suffer from the absence of superstar Josh Hamilt...
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