AL Central Betting Preview
The Detroit Tigers won the American League Central last year by 15 games. Then over the off-season they pulled off a shocker when they won the Prince Fielder sweepstakes.
So Detroit goes into this season as a heavy favorite to win the Central again. Is there any team that might challenge the Tigers? Here's a quick look at the AL Central betting board at TopBet.
Detroit tops the betting on TopBet Central Division board at a stiff -550. The Kitties are led, of course, by Justin Verlander, who won AL Cy Young Award and MVP last year after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts.
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And the Detroit offense averaged five runs per game. Toss Fielder into the four spot and this lineup gets really dangerous. So the Tigers have a nice 1-4 in the rotation, a top-notch closer and they're gonna score a lot of runs.
The only weakness in Detroit's game is the gloves; expect the Tigers to rank right near the top in errors this season.
The Kansas City Royals, who haven't even had a winning season since 2003, have emerged as the second choice at TopBet to win the Central this season at +900. KC finished 20 games under .500 last year, and they've lost at least 90 games seven out of the last eight seasons.
But the Royals have been collecting young talent for several years now, so they're hoping for a payoff somewhere down the line.
The Cleveland Indians are the third choice at TopBet to win the Central at +1,030. Cleveland played some good ball for the first five months of last season, but cooled down considerably once August hit.
For this year the Tribe added Derek Lowe to the rotation, and they'll have Ubaldo Jimenez for a full season. But the bullpen is iffy, and there are questions aplenty throughout the everyday lineup.
The Chicago White Sox come next on TopBet's AL Central board at +1,050. Chicago went 79-83 last year, then said good-bye to manager Ozzie Guillen, SP Mark Buehrle and OFs Carlos Quentin and Juan Pierre.
And if they're relying on guys like Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Jake Peavy to regain a little of their past performance levels, they might be in trouble.
Finally, the Minnesota Twins, coming off their worst season 15 years, are being offered at +1,400 at TopBet to win the AL Central this year. But if they can get comeback seasons from Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, they've got a chance to get back to .500.