2017 American League Season Wins Totals Bets
By Loot, MLB Handicapper, Lootmeister.com
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Team: Baltimore Orioles
Total: 80.5 (Under +100, Over -130)
Pick and Analysis: Over. After an 89-win season, the total of 80.5 seems a bit low, even if the Orioles lost a few pieces and there are still major questions. The rotation seems like a major concern, though they go to the postseason with much the same guys. With all their power and great coaching, a .500 mark should be in the cards.
Team: Boston Red Sox
Total: 92.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Under. The Red Sox closed strong last season en route to 93 wins and a top spot among favorites to win the AL pennant this season. There seems to be an abundance of optimism in Boston, despite losing Ortiz and some arms in the pen. Still, with the addition of Chris Sale and Mitch Moreland, and a bump in form from guys like Pablo Sandoval and all those up-and-comers, the Sox should be right in the thick of it. Over just seems too easy.
Team: Chicago White Sox
Total: 69.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Under. They won 78 games last season, but rather than make a push, they unloaded stars for prospects and that's why their total is under 70 wins this season. A lot of youth and unproven prospects will be on the field this season and while they're heading in the right direction. With more vets likely to be moved at some point this season, close to 100 losses could be in the cards.
Team: Cleveland Indians
Total: 92.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Over. Coming off a 94-win season where they went to the Series and took the Cubs to 7 games, Cleveland again looks very strong. They get guys like Brantley, Salazar, and Carrasco back healthy, add a power bat in Edwin Encarnacion, and bring the hunger from being so close last season into the 2017 campaign. Indians should be very tough and consistent.
Team: Detroit Tigers
Total: 82.5 (Under +100, Over -130)
Pick and Analysis: Over. Detroit has been out of the postseason for two seasons and looks to make a run this season. Their window could be shrinking with age and expiring contracts threatening the core of the team. Still, they are not getting rid of players yet and look to make a concerted run and after 86 wins in 2016, we see them holding pat in the 2017 season.
Team: Houston Astros
Total: 89.5 (Under +100, Over -130)
Pick and Analysis: Over. Last season, not a lot went right for the Astros a season after getting into the postseason, but they were still 84-78. With continued growth in their rotation with some bounce-back seasons from Keuchel and McHugh, along with a few key veteran additions, we see the Astros returning to their 2015 form.
Team: Kansas City Royals
Total: 76.5 (Under +100, Over -130)
Pick and Analysis: Under. An easy team to underrate, the Royals followed their World Series title in 2015 with a letdown 81-81 season. They've retained a lot of their core, so do they have it in them to make one more run? We see them as being older and having gotten away from their knack of great defense and bullpen with the ability to manufacture runs. We see the cows coming home to roost for the Royals a bit this season.
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Total: 79.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Under. Last season saw the Angels drop to their lowest total in wins since the nineties with just 74. Big free agent contracts and an ensuing depleted farm system have left the Angels with Mike Trout and little else in which to get excited. Still, with some things falling into place in the rotation and some better injury luck, the Angels should string together some wins. Getting near .500, however, could be a stretch.
Team: Minnesota Twins
Total: 74.5 (Under -130, Over +100)
Pick and Analysis: Under. After a promising 83-win season in '15, the Twins suffered en route to a 103-loss season in 2016. For this number to go over, they will need to add at least 16 wins to last season's win total. New management across the board and some promising youngsters should see an upswing, but we see this number as being perhaps a bit ambitious.
Team: New York Yankees
Total: 82.5 (Under +100, Over -130)
Pick and Analysis: Over. Normally, a position on under for the always-hyped Yanks isn't a bad bargain, but for this number to go under, the Yankees would need to have their worst season since way back in 1995. The heavy reliance on young players is the cause for such pessimism. It's just that we see some of those youngsters, like Gary Sanchez, as being pretty darn good, which should enable the Yankees to finish above .500 this season.
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Team: Oakland A's
Total: 73.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Under. Following three straight postseason appearances, the A's have won 68 and 69 games in the last two seasons. The total of 73.5 forecasts at least a small upswing, but we see the youth movement and a shaky rotation making it hard for Oakland to get well above the 70-win mark.
Team: Seattle Mariners
Total: 85.5 (Under +100, Over -130)
Pick and Analysis: Under. With 86 wins last season and a strong finish to the 2016 season, a case can be made that Seattle is on its way up. They bolstered the middle infield and added roster depth, but that rotation looks iffy, especially as Felix Hernandez appears to be plunging from the ranks of elite starters. We could be wrong here, but we see this Seattle formula for success taking more time to take hold, with things being a bit stale in 2017.
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Total: 77.5 (Under +105, Over -135)
Pick and Analysis: Under. Last season, the Rays dropped 12 games off their previous season's total, falling to a 68-94 mark in 2016. The rotation alone makes them a threat to go over, but a lot needs to materialize in the form of youngsters blossoming. That also applies to the lineup, where they will likely be underpowered, again, unless youth responds in the affirmative. While a rosy outlook can be substantiated on some levels, we see 78 wins as being a bit ambitious.
Team: Texas Rangers
Total: 84.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Over. The two-time defending AL West champs won 95 games last season, the most since their Series appearance in 2011. We're not sure what happened to shave over 10 wins from last season's total. Losing a few guys and some worse luck could result in a .500-ish season, but we see that as being an almost worse-case scenario. With a rotation boasting of two ace arms, a stacked bullpen, and a lineup with ample firepower, we see 85 wins as very doable.
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Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Total: 90.5 (Under -115, Over -115)
Pick and Analysis: Over. A 93-win season in '15 gave way to 89 wins in 2016 and an eventual spot in the ALCS, their second in a row. Can they take it a step further? The total of 90.5 wins is certainly robust, with only the Red Sox and Indians having higher projected win totals. The lineup has made a move toward being less-reliant on power, though the firepower should remain ample. The formula here is a little tenuous, especially with a pitching rotation that can bear no unpleasant news. But we see Toronto inching past the 90-win mark this season.