Yankees Favored to Win the AL East, Orioles Close Behind

4 March 2024

Last season, four teams in the American League East finished above .500 and three of them

made the playoffs. It is an uber competitive division as three teams (NY, Baltimore, Toronto)

rank in the top nine when it comes to the best World Series odds. But only one of these teams

will finish first in the East and we’ll break down who has the best chance in 2024.

New York Yankees (+150)

Despite finishing fourth in the division the Yankees are the slight favorites which isn’t a surprise

considering Aaron Judge and Carlos Rodon are back from injuries. They have the reigning Cy

Young winner in ace Gerritt Cole and the bullpen was the best in baseball last year. Adding

Juan Soto makes The Bronx Bombers even more formidable and along with a healthy Judge,

they should be near the top. Dating back to 1969 when the divisional era began, The Yankees

have won 20 AL East titles.

Baltimore Orioles (+190)

The Orioles won 101 games en route to the division title last year. That was the second most

victories in the majors behind the Braves. Baltimore has most of the roster returning and also

added 2021 NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes. Ownership has changed which means the

team could add to the lineup making a repeat, a serious possibility.

Toronto Blue Jays (+450)

The Blue Jays have made the postseason in each of the last two seasons and three of the last

four. But Toronto hasn’t won the AL East since 2015. The Jays’ should make another run at a

playoff spot, but more than likely, a wild-card berth. They have budding stars in Bo Bichette and

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and ace Kevin Gausman will keep them competitive.

Tampa Bay Rays (+600)

The Rays started 2023 with 14 straight wins only to finish second. But they have won the

division in two of the last four seasons. Tampa Bay always finds a way to be successful despite

one of the lower payrolls in baseball. Early projections show the Rays should win about 86

games, and if they can exceed that number, the Rays could upset the AL East.

Boston Red Sox (+1100)

Do the Red Sox have a chance at winning the division? Well, As Vince McMahon says, “no

chance.” Boston has the lowest win projection for 2024 in the division, just 79.5 wins. They’ve

finished last in two consecutive seasons and the rebuild suggests that won’t be changing

anytime soon.

Odds to Win the 2024 AL East

New York Yankees +150

Baltimore Orioles +190

Toronto Blue Jays +450

Tampa Bay Rays +600

Boston Red Sox +1100

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