But the best part of the season is just getting underway as the MLB playoff baseball odds action is just about to get underway. The months of travel and injuries and adversity are finally paying off for the 8 teams that played their way into the postseason and after 162 games in the grind it all boils down to this.
In the AL the Tampa Bay Rays (96-66) finished with the best record in the baseball lines and claimed the AL East title. That distinction gives them the right to face the Texas Rangers (90-72) in the first found action. Not much of a prize as the Rangers, winners of the AL West and boasting a potent lineup, will be no pushover.
But it’s probably better than playing the Yankees (96-67) or the Minnesota Twins (94-68). New York claimed the wildcard after losing the AL East race on the last day of the season to Tampa but this just might be the best team in baseball. The Twins on the other hand enter the baseball odds postseason with the worst record over the past 10 games (2-8) of any team in baseball.
In the NL the Phillies (97-65) cruised to the NL East title and best record in the NL baseball lines. Philly is without a doubt the team to beat in the National League and will match up against the NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds (91-71) in the first round of the playoffs.
The other NL match up in the first round of the baseball lines playoff action features the NL West champion San Fran Giants (92-70) against the NL Wild Card winning Atlanta Braves (91-71). This could be a wild series with both teams up and down during the regular season and it will likely boil down to pitching. The Giants have the edge in this department and if they get quality starts out of their starting aces they will win the series.