By Dave Schwab
The month of August is underway and the two hottest MLB teams right now would be the Boston Red Sox in the AL East and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Boston increased its lead in the division over the New York Yankees to three games by winning it last six outings. After beating Cleveland twice early last week, Boston won four straight against the Chicago White Sox at home this past weekend. It is currently 63-49 on the year heading into this week’s two-game series on the road against Tampa Bay before travelling to Yankee Stadium to face New York for three crucial games this upcoming weekend.
The Dodgers have been the hottest team in baseball since early June and they are showing no signs of slowing down with a 9-1 record in their last 10 games. Los Angeles outscored the New York Mets a combined 21-4 on the road over the weekend to win all three games in that series. At a MLB-best 79-32 on the year, it now has a dominating 15.5-game lead over Colorado in the division race. The Dodgers will remain on the road this week against Arizona before returning home to face San Diego for three games starting on Friday night. Los Angeles is now a plus $1142 on BetAnySports’ closing moneyline.
The two tightest division races in baseball are in the AL Central and the NL Central. Cleveland’s lead over Kansas City is down to just 2.5 games after losing the last two games of this weekend’s series against the Yankees. The Indians take on Colorado at home this week in a quick two-game interleague clash before going on the road to face Tampa Bay four times starting this Thursday. The Royals have an interleague matchup against St. Louis this week in an extended four-game home-and-home series.
The Chicago Cubs’ lead in their division race stands at just a half game over Milwaukee after losing four of their last five games. The Cubs are now 58-52 on the year heading into this week’s three-game road series against San Francisco. The Brewers’ recent three-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay as +156 road underdogs on BetAnySports’ closing line. They will face Minnesota twice on the road to start the week before facing the Twins at home for two games as part of another four-game home-and-home tilt.