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AL Central Odds 2021: White Sox Now Heavy Favorites

White Sox are favored in AL Central Odds 2021. Check out Odds Shark's AL Central predictions.

In a shortened 60-game season, the AL Central was as competitive as can be and went right down to the wire last year. Ultimately, the Minnesota Twins won the division by one game over the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, the preseason favorite in AL Central odds 2021.

Preseason AL Central predictions of a White Sox division title are looking good as the Sox hold a four-game lead over the Indians after two months of play. Online sportsbook BetUS has updated AL Central odds for 2021 and the White Sox are listed as the -450 favorites to hold on to the lead, followed by Cleveland at +375, Kansas City at +1400, Minnesota at +3300 and Detroit at +20000 to round out the five teams in the division.

Chicago’s -450 AL Central odds mean that you would have to bet $450 to profit $100. Additionally, our sports betting calculator tells us that Chicago’s betting line represents an implied win probability of 81.82 percent.

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AL Central Odds 2021

AL Central Odds 2021
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Chicago White Sox-450-115
Cleveland Indians+375+950
Kansas City Royals+1400+2000
Minnesota Twins+3300+145
Detroit Tigers+20000+7000

Odds as of June 10 at BetUS

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Chicago White Sox -450

Led by one of the best starting rotations in baseball, the Chicago White Sox have more than lived up to the preseason hype and the AL Central betting predictions as the best team in the division so far.

Lance Lynn, putting forth a Cy Young-caliber season, is leading the way for the Sox with the ninth-best WHIP in the majors as of June 10, and the team features two other pitchers (Carlos Rodon and Lucas Giolito) who rank in the top 35. Dallas Keuchel and Dylan Cease round out the stellar rotation. Only four teams in the majors have a lower team ERA and only the Mets (who have played seven fewer games) have allowed fewer runs.

The Sox can hit too. Only six clubs have a better team OPS and only three teams have a better overall batting average.

The depth and quality of pitching combined with some exciting young bats has the White Sox looking like rightful favorites in AL Central odds 2021.

Cleveland Indians +375

We have seen a mass exodus from the Cleveland organization over the past few years since the club went to the World Series in 2016. But there are some bright spots on the team, with reigning Cy Young winner Shane Bieber leading the pitching staff. Bieber has been solid this season, if not quite at the level he played at last year, ranking 40th in WHIP and 21st in ERA.

Right-hander Aaron Civale has been a great complement to Bieber and ranks 32nd in ERA and 25th in WHIP. Meanwhile, third baseman Jose Ramirez can be found fifth in AL MVP odds with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs and a .883 OPS that ranks him 18th in the majors.

If there is a team that can catch the White Sox in this division, it’s the Indians, who sit four games back as of June 10.

Kansas City Royals +1400

Sitting 7½ games back of Chicago and a couple of games below .500 on June 10, the Royals have been better than oddsmakers expected as they opened the season at +2000 to win the division.

With a 10th-best team batting average and 21st-ranked OPS, the bats have been decent for Kansas City with veteran catcher Salvador Perez leading in most offensive categories.

But the pitching has been a problem for the Royals, who rank 29th in team WHIP and 21st in overall ERA.

The Royals have a quality lineup with Perez, Andrew Benintendi, Carlos Santana and Whit Merrifield all posting solid numbers so far this season. But the arms are what ultimately holds this team back from realistic division title contention.

Minnesota Twins +3300

After winning the AL Central in back-to-back years, Minnesota has to be one of the most disappointing teams through the first couple months of the season. The Twins opened at +145 in AL Central odds and have fallen flat on their faces as they sit last in the division, 13 games back of the White Sox on June 10.

While there have been several injuries, most of the best batters on the team (Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz) have played the majority of the games and none have been particularly great.

The pitching has been an even bigger problem, however, with free-agent signings J.A. Happ and Matt Shoemaker being particularly poor. Only three teams in the majors have a worse team ERA and only four have allowed more total hits.

With an aging lineup and rotation, it seems the Twins’ time atop the division is over.

Detroit Tigers +20000

Though they are ahead of the Twins, the Tigers don’t have the same kind of talent up and down the lineup and are too far back of the White Sox to have a legitimate shot at the division. They are rightfully last in AL Central odds 2021.

Casey Mize and Matthew Boyd have been bright spots atop the rotation and they are backed up by a half-decent bullpen.

The batting lineup has been terrible for the most part, though, as the Tigers rank 27th in team OPS and only five teams have fewer total hits.

Best Bet: Cleveland Indians

The White Sox are the best team in the division and have an elite rotation that could make them dangerous come playoff time. But you aren’t getting any value on that -450 betting line.

So when it comes to AL Central odds, the best bet is Cleveland. Only four games back with about 100 games to go, injuries, hot streaks and cold streaks can drastically alter the paths of these teams and Cleveland has the most realistic shot of catching Chicago at this point.

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:

  • 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 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.