MLB Baseball Futures Odds – 2018 AL Central Predictions
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AL Central Predictions & Handicapping Insight
The AL Central had two teams in the playoffs last year with the Cleveland Indians winning the divison and the Minnesota Twins getting the final spot in the Wild Card.
This year those two teams are expected to be contendors this year again, so will they be battling for the title? Or is there a chance that somone else can come out of nowhere and steal the show.
Chicago White Sox AL Central Predictions
White Sox AL Central Division Odds: +2500
White Sox Win Total Odds: 68.0
The Chicago White Sox got off to a super fast start last year and for the first month of the season were in first place in the divison.
But then their youth got to them and they really struggled the rest of the way. For the White Sox they have one of the best farm systems in baseball, and this is the year that a lot of those guys are expected to make it up to the big leagues.
Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia are the veterans on this team and they are going to be really important for the young guys that will be just getting their feet wet in the MLB.
There are still going to be a lot of growing pains for this team as they try to get the young guys up to this level but in a few years the growing pains now should be all worth it.
Cleveland Indians AL Central Predictions
Indians AL Central Division Odds: -650
Indians Win Total Odds: 94.5
Last year the Cleveland Indians had 102 wins, and notched a 22 game winning streak, but it was still considered a failure as they didn’t win the World Series.
This year it’s the same story for this team. They are expecting to at least compete for the World Series title and anything less will probably be considered a disapointment.
For the Indians there isn’t much to talk about in terms of how the team changed, because it really didn’t and will be largely the same as it was last year.
The Indians will probably be pushed by the Twins for the Central title, but at the end of the day they are the best team in this divison.
Detroit Tigers AL Central Predictions
Tigers AL Central Division Odds: +5000
Tigers Win Total Odds: 68.5
The Detroit Tigers made a manager change this offseason bringing in Ron Gardenhire the former Twins skipper to lead this team through a rebuild.
The Tigers will be led by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez on the offensive end but in reality, it’s going to be all about the younger guys.
Those guys will be the players who sell the tickets but they are both shells of what they used to be. For the pitching staff, it’s much like the rest of the team, a lot of question marks.
This team might still be fun to watch this summer, but don’t expect many wins to come in Detroit.
Kansas City Royals AL Central Predictions
Royals AL Central Division Odds: +5000
Royals Win Total Odds: 71.5
The Kansas City Royals tried to make one more run at the World Series title last year but it failed and now they too are going through a rebuild.
The Royals lost Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer to free agency. They are going to have a bad roster and the farm system is ranked as the second worst in baseball.
This rebuild could really take a while and the only positive for them is that they will get to play the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox a lot this summer.
Minnesota Twins AL Central Predictions
Twins AL Central Division Odds: +350
Twins Win Total Odds: 82.5
Not many people had high expectations for the Minnesota Twins going into last season but they were able to sneak into the playoffs.
This year the expectations are high, especially with the aggressiveness of the new front office. They signed a whole slew of free agents including Logan Morrison, Lance Lynn and traded for Jake Odorizzi.
Throw that with Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios they look like they have one of the better pitching staffs in baseball even though it won’t get as much attenton as some other teams.
For the Twins they really expect like the AL Central should be theirs to lose this year, and it could be if everyone stays healthy.
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