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Odds to Win the AL Central: Twins Leading the Charge

AL Central Divisional Odds

As we approach the start of the 2020 MLB regular season and try to put COVID-19 behind us, the American League Central could feature some highly competitive teams vying for a World Series title, including the Minnesota Twins, who are odds-on favorites to win the division.

The Twins are -150 faves to win the AL Central crown for the second year in a row, according to the best baseball betting sites, with the Cleveland Indians (+300) and a retooled Chicago White Sox squad (+325) expected to challenge them.

Since teams will play only 60 regular-season games in 2020, you may need to alter your betting approach and Joe Osborne has some great tips for betting a shortened MLB season.

Before you read some betting analysis on each AL Central team and how they could win the division, here are some key links to bookmark for your baseball betting:

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Odds to win the 2020 American League central
TeamOdds
Minnesota Twins-150
Cleveland Indians+300
Chicago White Sox+325
Kansas City Royals+10000
Detroit Tigers+12500

Odds as of July 14 at Bovada

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
AL Central OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
-150+150034.5

Odds as of July 14 at Bovada

Cleveland Indians (+300)

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 club to contend, but I feel they are just a step behind the Twins.

Cleveland Indians 2020 Futures Odds
AL Central OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+240+250033.5

Odds as of July 14 at Bovada

Chicago White Sox (+325)

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
AL Central OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+300+180032.5

Odds as of July 14 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
AL Central OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+10000+1500024.5

Odds as of July 14 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 after missing all of 2019 rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Detroit Tigers 2020 Futures Odds
AL Central OddsWorld Series OddsWin Total
+12500+2000021.5

How To Read AL Central Odds

If you’re betting on Major League Baseball and you decide to wager on the American League Central divisional odds, you would see odds listed like this at your sportsbook:

  • Minnesota Twins -150
  • Cleveland Indians +300
  • Chicago White Sox +325
  • Kansas City Royals +10000
  • Detroit Tigers +12500

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 odds 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 bet $100 on the Twins at the beginning of the season and they win the AL Central Division, you’d get a payout of $166.67 – your original $100 is returned, along with your winnings of $66.67. On the other hand, if you wagered that same $100 on the Royals and they win the division,  you’d get a payout of $10,100 – you get your $100 back, plus your profit of $10,000.

Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you’d pocket depending on the odds and the amount bet.