MLB Weekend Preview: American League

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Minnesota can come close to locking down the AL Central title this weekend with a strong showing against the Angels.

Twins can sweep Angels Minnesota enters its series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (seriously Bud Selig, make them pick which city they’re in) on the back of an 11-0 shutout against the White Sox. Despite that hammering, the Twins are still well placed to create some breathing room at the top of the AL Central this weekend.

The Angels enter this series in so-so form but their season is quickly unravelling. Texas remains comfortably ahead in the AL West and is almost a lock for the post-season. That really gives the Angels little reason to care, making them ripe for the plucking this weekend. The Twins have Brian Duensing and Kevin Slowey both starting in this series and MLB betting fans should bet on both to win for Minnesota. Scott Baker comes into this game on the back of a poor showing but he’s good enough to bounce back and complete the sweep for the Twins. Depending on how Chicago’s weekend goes, the Twins could have a big lead in the Central come Monday morning.

Yankees face interesting battle with Seattle Friday sees two pitchers with losing records but exceptional current form take the mound. Felix Hernandez hasn’t given up an earned run in his last 14 and 2/3 innings for the Mariners while A.J. Burnett has put in strong performances on both of his last two starts for the Yankees. I’ll give a slight edge to Burnett in this match-up but it’s going to be tight.

Javier Vasquez continues to confound bettors with his mixed form for New York. Saturday’s decision shouldn’t entirely come down to which version of Vasquez we see. His opponent, Jason Vargas, is on a hot streak lately. With three straight wins entering this game I like the Mariners’ starter to make it four in a row on Saturday. Sunday’s game, mercifully, looks far more straightforward. Bet on C.C. Sabathia to comfortably win his duel with Luke French and seal the series for the Yankees.

Texas can stop the bleeding In one of the great anomalies of the current MLB season, the Orioles have now won five straight against the Rangers. AL West leading Texas should finally break that run on Friday night when C.J. Wilson takes the mound. The starter has been in exceptional form lately and he should have too much for Baltimore to keep its winning streak going. Cliff Lee should continue the Rangers resurgence on Saturday with Tommy Hunter completing the comeback to give Texas three wins from this trip to Baltimore.