Known historically as the Junior Circuit because it’s the youngest of baseball’s two major leagues, born 25 years after the National League, the American League hardly takes a back seat to its older cousin. American League teams have won the World Series 64 times since the Fall Classic was inaugrated on 1903. Baseball’s most famous franchise, those cultural icons known as the New York Yankees, reside in the American League and have represented the AL in 40 World Series, winning a record 27 times.
The American League is Major League Baseball’s only international league, thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays, an expansion franchise added in 1977 and the only team from outside the United States to win the World Series when they captured back-to-back titles in 1992-93.
The American League competed as one division through 1968, the winner going automatically to the World Series. In 1969, a two-division East-West format was adopted and in 1994, it realigned to an East-Central-West three-division set up.
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In 1973, the American League differentiated itself from the National League by instituting the designated hitter rule, permitting a batter to hit in place of the pitcher. The National League has never adopted this rule, so in World Series play and when inter-league play was introduced in 1997, games in National League parks are played under NL rules and games in American League parks are played by AL rules.
This is handy information for those looking to wager on American League. With one more bat in the lineup, betting the over makes more sense than it would in the National League.
What Are The American League Standings Today
Here you will find the current American League standings. With three divisions, pennant races are almost always intensely contested and when you factor in the two wildcard positions up for grabs, the playoff race in the American League offers plenty of action.
By batting for the pitcher, it also makes it more likely that a starting pitcher will go deeper into a game in the American League, and that’s good to know if you are wagering on how many wins a pitcher might garner during a season.
|1||Tampa Bay Rays||1||1||0||7||3||1.000|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals||1||1||0||4||3||1.000|
|5||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11||Kansas City Royals||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Chicago White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|14||San Diego Padres||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|16||Toronto Blue Jays||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|17||New York Mets||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|22||Boston Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|23||Los Angeles Angels||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|28||San Francisco Giants||1||0||1||5||6||0|
|30||New York Yankees||1||0||1||3||7||0|
A Deeper Look Into The American League
The American League might be the younger of baseball’s two major leagues but it’s still a loop filled with tradition. There’s isn’t a more famous baseball team than the New York Yankees, who’ve been a dominant force in the game from the days of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1920s and 1930s, Joe Dimaggio in the 1940s, Mickey Mantle in the 1950s and ’60s, Reggie Jackson in in the 1970s and Dave Winfield in the 1980s, through to modern-era stars such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
There’s no more romantic place to take in a game than Boston’s Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, and in Detroit, the Tigers are the only original AL franchise that’s been known by the same nickname since arriving on the scene.
Tradition isn’t limited to old-school, though. The Toronto Blue Jays, major-league baseball’s only Canadian franchise, have a nationwide following across the Great White North.
How To Make Money Betting On Amercian League
The best way to make money when betting on the American League is to play close attention to the recent histroy between division rivals. Analyse previous encounters and take a thoroughl look at the tale of the tape. The more homework you do the better. Delve into a team’s home and away records, how they do in certain ball parks and whether the team you’ve selected to bet on has any nagging injuries. Are they confident with the bat or going through a dry spell?
Thesea are all questions you’ll need to answer to make smart wagers on the American League.