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Red Sox Odds to Win AL East Skyrocket After Hot Start

Max Staley
Boston Red Sox odds to win the AL East skyrocket after their hot start in the 2021 MLB season.
Boston Red Sox odds to win the AL East skyrocket after their hot start in the 2021 MLB season. / David Berding/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox weren't expected to do much this season. They were barely above .500 back in 2019 and finished 24-36 last year while manager Alex Cora was sidelined with a one-year suspension. But with Cora back at the helm, Boston has gotten off to a fantastic start in 2021.

After losing their first three games, the Red Sox have ripped off nine straight wins, currently sitting in first place in the AL East at 9-3. As a result, Boston's odds to win the division have skyrocketed, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Red Sox AL East Odds

Entering the year with +2000 odds to win the AL East crown, the Red Sox's hot start has them sitting at +500, tying them for the second-best odds in the division. That's a pretty significant jump. The Sox now only trail the 5-7 New York Yankees (+200).

The team owes its impressive start to the offense. Boston is currently averaging 6.00 runs per game (No. 2 in MLB), boasting the league's second-best team batting average (.283) and third-best slugging percentage (.474). Those numbers will surely regress at some point, but with stars like J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, it's not like this is a complete fluke, either.

And if the offense can continue to be a top-three lineup, the pitching staff might be able to do just enough to get this team into contention. Boston is currently allowing 4.00 runs per game this season (T-No. 10 in MLB), and their pitchers cumulatively own a 3.67 ERA (No. 11 in MLB).

With a dominant offense and a rotation that might be just good enough, it doesn't look like the Sox are going away anytime soon.

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