MLB Baseball Futures Odds – 2017 AL Central Predictions
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AL Central Predictions & Handicapping Insight
The Indians are overwhelming favorites to take the division. However, don’t sleep on this race just yet.
The Tigers and Royals have a shot at really making a push towards the top, but will need a lot of things to go right for them.
It’s expected the White Sox and Twins fight for the cellar.
Is there a cinderella story waiting?
Cleveland Indians AL Central Predictions
Indians AL Central Division Odds: -400
Indians Win Total Odds: 93.5
Oh how close were the Indians in 2016.
After injury after injury, the Indians made a magical run into the World Series. After holding a 3-1 lead, they failed to close things out and now they look to get back and finish the business.
Cleveland went out and signed Edwin Encarnacion to a huge contract, setting themselves up for a huge 2017.
The key for them is health.
The division is right there for them as they boast the deepest pitching staff and lineup. If they stay healthy, they’ll be scary good.
Detroit Tigers AL Central Predictions
Tigers AL Central Division Odds: +550
Angels Win Total Odds: 83.5
Don’t write the Tigers off just yet.
With a solid top of the lineup that features 3 straight power hitters that can certainly change the fortunes of a game, Detroit can give the Indians a run for their money here in 2017.
Detroit will certainly need everything to go right for them.
Should they be in it at the deadline, expect the Tigers to try and boost what is an absolutely weak bullpen. From a starting pitching standpoint, Verlander and Zimmerman have to set the tone for the bottom.
Kansas City Royals AL Central Predictions
Royals AL Central Odds: +675
Royals Win Total Odds: 74.5
The Royals are an interesting team.
After making it to the World Series back to back years, they failed to even get to the postseason last year.
They did lose a lot both offensively and in the bullpen, but don’t think this team will just sit there and take it. They still have a young core and got some veteran pieces to fill the voids lost.
A healthy Mike Moustakas is a really nice piece they’ll get back this season.
Chicago White Sox AL Central Predictions
White Sox AL Central Division Odds: +2500
White Sox Win Total Odds: 68.5
The White Sox made it very clear what direction they were going this offseason.
Chicago dealt star LH Chris Sale to the Red Sox in exchange for prospects.
Chicago is left with a mediocre pitching staff, along with an offense that really has one, maybe two good bats in it. The White Sox are going to be sellers at the deadline, as they’ll be expected to be in the bottom of the AL Central.
Minnesota Twins AL Central Predictions
Twins AL Central Division Odds: +2800
Twins Win Total Odds: 75.5
Minnesota is one of the youngest bunches in the MLB and will once again be in contention for last place in the AL Central.
However, this is a season where they need to see some steps in the right direction both offensively and defensively.
Minnesota has built a young core centered around a few veterans, like Joe Mauer.
Ervin Santana leads a rotation that simply doesn’t have much to offer as it features many sub .500 guys with no overpowering pitches.
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