Betting Lines, Odds for 2019 American League Division Series: Yankees vs. Twins, Rays vs. Astros

Houston Astros Carlos Correa and George Springer
World Series favorites, Houston Astros set to face Tampa Bay Rays in ALDS Ronald Martinez/Getty

For many baseball fans across the country, October means the start of the MLB postseason. Every team has the dream of making it to the World Series, but before then they must battle through their league's division series.

Earlier this week, four different teams in the American League faced off in win or go home wild-card games. Now, the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, and New York Yankees will face off to decide which two teams advance to the league's championship series.

On Wednesday night, the Oakland Athletics' faced the Rays in the American League wild-card game at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Rays hit four home runs to beat the Athletics 5-1, becoming the third team in MLB postseason history to hit four homers in a winner-take-all game. Oakland struggled in the contest with only eight hits. The A's scored their only run due to a throwing error.

Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Considered the best starting pitching rotation in all of baseball, the Houston Astros enter the 2019 MLB postseason as the favorites for the World Series. The trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zach Greinke, combined with an offense ranked third in the league for home runs, first in batting average and lowest in strikeout rate set the stage for what the Rays can expect in the series.

The Rays finished 4-3 against the Astros during the regular season. Newsweek was unable to find betting lines for this specific series, but the odds for each team to win the American League pennant are listed below.

Fanduel SportsBook: Astros -110, Rays +750

DraftKings Sportsbook: Astros -121, Rays +800.

Bovada Sportsbook: Astros -125, Rays +700

New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

The Yankees are set the face the Twins in the Bronx for Game 1 of the ALDS. Battling through injuries to nearly every key player, the Yankees finished their season with their best record (103-59) since 2009. Likewise, the Twins had a historic season, finishing with 101 wins and earning the AL Central title for the first time since 2010.

The Yankees have a 13-2 record against the Twins in the postseason with wins in 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010. The series should be high-scoring with the Twins ranking first in the league with 307 home runs and the Yankees second with 306. During the regular season, the teams met a total of six times, where the Yankees won five of the games. The Yankees also outscored the Twins 43-38 in those contests.

The current series lines are listed below.

DraftKings Sportsbook: Yankees -235, Twins +195

Bovada Sportsbook: Yankees -245, Twins +180

MyBookie: Yankees -235, Twins +190

Both ALDS series begin on Friday and will be broadcasted on either FS1 or the MLB Network. The games will be played in a best-of-five format, requiring one team to win three games to advance to the American League Division Championship series.