With just a little over two months left in the 2022 MLB regular season, division titles are up for grabs. For the majority of the year, the Chicago White Sox have been favored to repeat as American League Central Division champions. Now, the Minnesota Twins have claimed that top spot on the oddsboard and sit in first place in the division.
Online sportsbook BetUS has updated the odds to win the AL Central with Minnesota listed as a +115 favorite. The White Sox follow closely at +135, with the Cleveland Guardians at +275, the Detroit Tigers at +50000 and the Kansas City Royals at +50000.
Minnesota’s +115 AL Central odds mean that a $100 wager would result in a profit of $115. Our sports betting calculator tells us that Minnesota’s betting line represents an implied win probability of 46.51 percent.
AL Central Odds 2022
|Chicago White Sox||+135|
|Kansas City Royals||+50000|
Odds as of August 4 at BetUS
Minnesota Twins +115
The Twins are currently at the top as your AL Central leaders, with a one-game lead over the Cleveland Guardians and a two-game lead over the previously favored White Sox.
After finishing last in the division in 2021 with just 73 total wins, Minnesota’s evolution over the course of the season has been fun to watch. Especially watching Luis Arraez step up to the plate and showcase his .329 batting average, the second highest in the majors.
At the trade deadline, Minnesota looked to fortify its bid for the division title by beefing up its pitching. Last season, the Twins’ starting pitchers had a combined 5.18 ERA, the third worst in the American League.
This year, the Twins staff as a whole has a more palatable 4.01 ERA and the starters have fashioned a respectable 3.69 ERA. At the deadline, Minnesota added starter Tyler Mahle (4.40 ERA) from the Cincinnati Reds and relievers Jorge Lopez (1.68 ERA) and Michael Fulmer (3.20 ERA) from the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers respectively.
What’s more, none of the Twins’ AL Central opponents made much of an effort to upgrade at the trade deadline, with the Guardians making no moves at all and the White Sox only swinging one deal to bring in lefty reliever Jake Diekman.
As +115 favorites, backing the Twins still comes with profit better than their previous +105 odds. So placing a bet on the favorites with a better investment is tempting when it comes to AL Central odds betting.
Chicago White Sox +135
Chicago opened as the favorite to win the AL Central for the second consecutive year. Last season, the White Sox won 93 games and took the division by 13 games.
But after opening at -110 and remaining steady favorites for much of the season, Chicago has dropped to +135. The White Sox have won seven of their last 10 games and are tied for third in the majors with a .259 batting average.
Individually, Tim Anderson’s .313 batting average and Dylan Cease’s 2.01 ERA and 161 strikeouts rank among the top five in those categories. But the ChiSox lack home run power, with only three players in double digits. Team leader Jose Abreu has only 14 round-trippers, tied for 58th in MLB.
Being only two games behind the favored Twins, the White Sox still are capable of a turnaround and making a division title push. Taking them while their odds are up could be a blessing in disguise for profit, as the team knows the top of the division well.
Cleveland Guardians +275
Cleveland’s odds to win the AL Central have dropped, opening at +900 and now shortening to +275 with the Guardians just a single game behind the division-leading Twins.
The Guardians have won six of their last 10 contests and are led offensively by Jose Ramirez, who has 21 home runs and ranks third in the majors with 86 RBIs. The pitching staff is headed by former Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie, who have compiled nearly identical ERAs of 3.39 and 3.38 respectively.
Being in a tight race for the division title should make Cleveland hungry. But the team took no measures to better the group at the trade deadline. Instead, the Guardians seem content to push forward with mediocre pitching that will likely keep them a spot or two behind their competitors.
How To Read AL Central Odds
If you’re betting on Major League Baseball and you decide to wager on the American League Central Division odds, you would see odds listed like this at your sportsbook:
Since you’re betting on events that will happen in the near future, this is called a futures bet. This type of wager is also similar to a moneyline bet with the clear favorite indicated by the minus symbol (-). That means the Twins are the favorites to win the division while the rest of the teams are considered underdogs in this scenario.
If you were to place a $100 MLB futures bet on the Twins at the beginning of the season and they win the AL Central Division, you’d get a payout of $215 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $115. On the other hand, if you wagered that same $100 on the Guardians and they win the division, you’d get a payout of $375 – you get your $100 back, plus your profit of $275.
Other great MLB futures to bet on include MVP odds. These types of bets can bring in huge paydays if you can get your wager in early on into the season.
Our odds calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.