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Odds to Win the AL Central: Twins Leading the Charge

AL Central Divisional Odds

Although baseball season hasn’t even started yet, it’s never too early to look past the 162-game regular season to which teams will be competing in the postseason as division champs. For the American League Central, it is the Minnesota Twins who are favored at -150 to win back-to-back division titles.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Twins as the favorites at -150 followed by the Cleveland Indians at +240, the Chicago White Sox at +300, the Kansas City Royals at +30000 and the Detroit Tigers at +50000.

Minnesota Twins (-150)

The Twins snagged their seventh AL Central Division title last season with a 101-win campaign but were swept in three games in the ALDS by the New York Yankees. Minnesota led the majors with 307 home runs and also had the second-best batting average at .270. With the signing of 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson, the club looks to hit even more dingers in 2020.

The starting rotation was middle of the road last year, but with another year of development for 25-year-old Jose Berrios and the addition of Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers, the pitching staff should be OK. Overall it makes sense that this team is the favorite with competent bats throughout the lineup, a strong bullpen and a solid rotation. It’ll be tough to knock off the Twins.

Minnesota Twins 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at  Bovada

Cleveland Indians (+240)

Cleveland will have a new look at the front end of its rotation after 2014 and 2017 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was traded to the Texas Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase. That said, the rotation is still fairly strong with Mike Clevinger, 2019 all-star game MVP Shane Bieber and Carlos Carrasco holding down the fort.

Offensively, the squad remained relatively intact, notably returning slugger Carlos Santana and the left side of the infield in Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. The team was just average in most offensive categories in 2019 so an uptick is needed for this team to contend, but I feel they are just a step behind the Twins.

Cleveland Indians 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at  Bovada

Chicago White Sox (+300)

This is my sleeper pick for the 2020 season, not only for the AL Central but for the World Series as well. Now, there’s still a lot of work to do, but top to bottom on offense and pitching, this team is very well balanced and dangerous. After finishing third or worse in the division for the past seven seasons and not posting a record over .500 since 2012, the youth from draft picks and trades are finally here and the White Sox could be ready to contend again.

The rotation has young arms in Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease, but through free agency the South Siders brought in veteran arms in Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez. As for the batting lineup, three notable sluggers were also brought in with Nomar Mazara, Yasmani Grandal and Edwin Encarnacion bringing their combined 81 homers from 2019 to the plate. This is much needed with Chicago ranking 25th in round-trippers last season. Throw in the evolution of young superstars Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada, as well as 2019 batting champion Tim Anderson, and this team can turn a lot of heads.

Chicago White Sox 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at  Bovada

Kansas City Royals (+30000)

After a dismal season that saw the Royals go 59-103, it’s hard to get overly excited for 2020 because Rome wasn’t built in a day. That said, the club will get a big boost from the return of catcher Sal Perez, who will likely play some first and DH, after he missed the entire 2019 campaign following Tommy John surgery. KC didn’t bring in any big-name free agents, rather hoping its younger talent can continue to develop and help bring the team a few more wins in 2020.

Kansas City Royals 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds as of February 12 at  Bovada

Detroit Tigers (+50000)

A similar story can be written about the Tigers, who only mustered 47 victories in 2019, the fewest in MLB. Unlike KC, though, Detroit did take a swing at some talent in free agency, bringing in second baseman Jonathan Schoop and first baseman C.J. Cron.

Those two should provide a boost to a team that scored the fewest runs in the majors last season, but not enough to make them a contender. It’s not all doom and gloom for the Tigers, however, as they do have an ace in the hole in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer, likely returning to the rotation midway through the year after missing all of 2019 rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Detroit Tigers 2020 Futures Odds
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Odds to win the 2020 American League central
Minnesota Twins-150
Cleveland Indians+240
Chicago White Sox+300
Kansas City Royals+30000
Detroit Tigers+50000

Odds as of February 12 at Bovada