VIP.com has updated its 2007 American League Pennant odds. Hardcore baseball fans go into hibernation from November to February, only showing their faces for the start of spring training. Baseball is back, and the diehards are loving every minute of it.
New York Yankees (12:5)
Roger Clemens says there is an 80% chance that he is retiring. We think there is a 100% chance he is not telling the truth.
Boston Red Sox (5:1)
Manny Ramirez will report for spring training at the last possible second, but how will his attitude be when he arrives?
Los Angeles Angels (6:1)
The Angels much ballyhooed farm system has produced some good pitchers, but the quality hitters have not materialized as of yet.
Detroit Tigers (13:2)
Gary Sheffield is a big addition in the middle of the line-up, and he would love to help Detroit knock out the Yankees two years in a row.
Chicago White Sox (13:2)
Chicago went 57-31 before the All-Star break, and just 33-41 after. It is manager, Ozzie Guillen’s job to avoid any more second half letdowns.
Minnesota Twins (10:1)
Few people remember that Minnesota beat Detroit for the AL Central division. Their rotation after Johan Santana will determine if they can repeat.
Cleveland Indians (14:1)
Closer Keith Foulke retired before pitching with Cleveland. That leaves the job to Joe Borowski, and puts more pressure on their set-up men.
Toronto Blue Jays (14:1)
Toronto’s second place finish in the AL East was their highest since 1993. This team has the talent to set their goals even higher this year.
Oakland Athletics (14:1)
Barry Zito’s departure hurts, especially now that he is across town with the Giants. Mike Piazza replacing Frank Thomas is the biggest change offensively.
Texas Rangers (16:1)
Sammy Sosa and Eric Gagne are two of baseball’s biggest comeback stories. Hopefully, they bring the Rangers a happy ending.
Baltimore Orioles (40:1)
Baltimore has had nine straight losing seasons, and while they hope to be this year’s Detroit Tigers, they look like a 4th place team in the AL East.
Seattle Mariners (40:1)
The addition of veteran starters, Jeff Weaver and Miguel Batista, make the Mariners one of the more interesting sleeper teams out there.
Kansas City Royals (100:1)
The Royals have some great, young position players, but spending $55 million on Gil Meche shows how desperate they are for pitching.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (150:1)
Tampa is another team with young hitters who make you drool, but the Devils Rays need to request a transfer out of the big spending, AL East.