The Boston Red Sox +235
The BoSox have the best record in baseball at 68-30 with nearly a .700 winning percent. They broke the MLB record for most wins prior to the all-star fracture by three, since the prior record was 65 held by the 1969 Baltimore Orioles. Additionally, the Sox are on pace for 112 victories, which would mark the first time since 1946 the club gained more than 100 matches; they lost in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals this season. Also, 112 victories are the most wins in a single season in franchise history dating back to 1912 when they won 105 games and beat the New York Giants in the World Series.
Boston’s offseason signing of J.D. Martinez is worth each and every dollar of this five-year, $110-million contract. Martinez has a chance to become the 11th AL player to win the triple crown as he now ranks first in home runs (29) and RBIs (80) and third in batting average (.328). In general, the Red Sox have the most potent offense in the majors, racking up 530 runs, 30 more than the second-ranked Astros.
It should be noted that starter Eduardo Rodriguez is going to be out for some time following a bad ankle injury in the series against the Blue Jays before the all-star break. The Red Sox are 16-3 SU this season when the big lefty toes the rubber. With this latest accident, Boston now includes three starting pitchers on the DL in Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright. The Red Sox remain a very dangerous group and my choice.
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