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Sizing up AL wild-card options

By Steve Makinen  (VSiN.com) 

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Most bettors fall into the same routine that I have the last few weeks, turning a lot of the attention we have dedicated to baseball into football pursuits. But in doing so, we miss out on a lot of the intricacies that have gone into building MLB’s postseason picture. I still build strength ratings every morning for baseball, so it’s impossible to get away from it completely. But I still feel like I haven’t paid enough to the developing odds offered by sites like DraftKings and all the opportunities that come with it. 

Let’s break down the American League wild-card race, which had five teams within 4 1/2 games of one another as of Tuesday afternoon — and only two will make the postseason.

The race for the two wild-card spots in the AL is as intriguing as any battle in baseball. The Blue Jays thrust themselves back into position to claim a spot with a huge offensive surge over the last couple of weeks. This came after the Yankees surged but then faded. Meanwhile, the Red Sox had solidified their rotation and hence their position atop the wild-card standings as they headed into Tuesday night’s game against the Mets on a five-game winning strike. Oakland is outside the AL East and perhaps the wild-card picture, but the A’s won five straight over the last week to climb back into contention. Let’s size up the race and peg which two will be battling it out on AL wild-card night.

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