But for the New York Yankees (78-49), who actually do have the best record in baseball, things are quite that simple.
When you’ve got the best record in the baseball odds action life should be pretty good.
Every day is a fight in the standings to maintain their place atop the AL East and the MLB standings and constant look over their shoulder. And every time they do they see the Tampa Bay Rays (78-49), a division rival tied for the Yankees for the best record in baseball and just as hungry to win the division and wrap up field advantage for the playoffs as the Yankees are.
And so for a team that has the best record in the Baseball betting odds pool, the Yankees are far from resting on their laurels. This is a team that must win every night or risk getting relegated to the Wild Card spot in the baseball odds playoff action because of the stellar play of the Rays.
That has produced a very high level of baseball from the Bronx Bombers who are 7-3 over their past 10 baseball odds matchups, and on pace to win over 100 games.
But things don’t get any easier as the team heads to Chicago to take on a very good White Sox (69-58) club, a team that’s locked in its own division battle. Trailing the Twins by just 3.5 games the Sox have a great opportunity to win the AL Central and earn a spot in the playoffs.
However, this team has squandered plenty of opportunities of late as the Twins are just 5-5 over their past 10 games, but the Sox are just 4-6 over that same stretch. The Yankees are not the team you want to face when trying to string together a win streak but you’ve got to beat the best to be the best and that’s what the Sox will try and do on Saturday.
Both teams will be sending their aces to the mound. The Yankees will start CC Sabathia (17-5, 3.02 ERA), who just might be the best pitcher in the AL at the moment and a leading Cy Young Candidate. He’s won his last four starts and has an ERA of just over 2.00 during that stretch.
The Sox will start John Danks, who has been the top starter for Chicago this season with a 12-8 record and a 3.31 ERA.
Danks hast to go at least 7 innings and if he doesn’t the Yanks should win this as they’re a great hitting club and the Sox bullpen is terrible.