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3 Underdogs That Can Win the 2019 AL Pennant

Max Staley
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Before this season began, lots of MLB analysts were picking the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or Houston Astros to win the 2019 AL Pennant. While the Astros have largely been as advertised, the Red Sox are below .500 and the Yankees have an All-Star team on the IL. As a result, the AL could be a lot more open than we might have thought.

Here are three underdogs, according to their odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, that could win the 2019 AL Pennant.

3. Minnesota Twins (+1300)

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The Minnesota Twins are currently sitting atop the AL Central. Part of the reason for Minnesota's early-season success is their lineup, as the Twins have the fourth-most home runs in the Majors. If Twins' sluggers like Eddie Rosario (11 HRs), Nelson Cruz (7 HRs) and Max Kepler (7 HRs) keep hitting like this, Minnesota could make a deep run in the playoffs. Plus, they have a true ace in Jose Berrios, who could lead to Twins' pitching staff in the postseason.

2. Cleveland Indians (+750)

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The Twins' primary competition in the AL Central is likely to come from the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland has had to endure lethargic starts from key players like Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, but they're still within striking distance in the division. If the Indians' stars can break out of their slumps, don't be surprised if Cleveland makes some noise in the MLB postseason.

1. Tampa Bay Rays (+600)

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It's tough to call the team with the best record in baseball an underdog, but the Tampa Bay Rays are +600 to win the AL Pennant, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The Rays have been buoyed by a dominant pitching staff, that has the lowest-combined ERA in the Majors, and a lineup that's keeping pace, as Tampa has the largest run differential in the league. If they make a trade deadline deal or two to bolster their roster, the Rays have as good a shot as anyone to represent the AL in this year's World Series.

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