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MLB betting handicappers have much to consider this American League season as online baseball betting values will certainly change.  MLB betting last year was turned upside down in the American League when the Tampa Bay Rays came out of nowhere to shock the online baseball betting world by winning the pennant.

The 2008 Rays were one of the most profitable teams in MLB betting but that doesn’t figure to be the case for 2009 as the “surprise” is now out.  The New York Yankees figure to be a top choice for many online baseball betting players.

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The Yankees will open their new stadium to start the MLB betting campaign and have been aggressive in bringing in new talent with such acquisitions as Mark Teixeira, AJ Burnett, and CC Sabathia.  These high priced big names will also serve to increase the Yankees price on the MLB odds board.

The Yankees finished in the red against the MLB betting lines last year, despite an 89-73 straight up record.  New York is simply too “public” of a MLB betting commodity to ever offer much value on the board and a loss with them is always an expensive setback.

New York’s arch rival, the hated Boston Red Sox, let down MLB betting handicappers as a wild card team that bowed out meekly in the post season.  Always a heavy chalk against the MLB odds, Boston also spent money in the off season.  Their main MLB betting acquisitions were Ramon Ramirez, Junichi Tazawa, and Brad Penney.

The central division should offer great MLB betting parity again as the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Cleveland Indians figure to all be in the running.  The White Sox are the defending division champs.  The big question in MLB betting is if Detroit can come back.

Oakland re-acquired Jason Giambi but faces an uphill climb against the defending west division champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 2009.  But in a weak division that includes Seattle and Texas the A’s may yet be a good value.

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