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AL Central Odds 2021: White Sox Poised To Win Division

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

We have finally reached the home stretch of the MLB season with rosters expanding and the playoffs on the horizon. The Chicago White Sox are in a great position to give much-needed rest to their star players as they have a commanding lead in their division and as such are the overwhelming favorites in AL Central odds.

Online sportsbook Bovada has updated the odds to win the AL Central with Chicago listed as a massive -50000 favorite. The Sox are followed by Cleveland at +12500 and Detroit at +60000 as the only teams that mathematically still have a chance; Kansas City and Minnesota do not.

Chicago’s -50000 AL Central odds mean that you would have to bet $50,000 to profit $100 – I wouldn’t recommend this wager. Additionally, our sports betting calculator tells us that Chicago’s betting line represents an implied win probability of 99.80 percent.

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AL Central Odds 2021

2021 AL Central Odds 
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Chicago White Sox-50000-115
Cleveland Indians+12500+950
Kansas City Royals+60000+2000
Minnesota TwinsN/A+145
Detroit TigersN/A+7000

Odds as of September 1 at Bovada

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Chicago White Sox -50000

With a 10-game lead over Cleveland at the beginning of September, it is highly unlikely that the White Sox falter and don’t win their first AL Central title in 13 years, which would be their fourth in franchise history.

Chicago is the only squad in the division to have a positive run differential at +141 and is 7.5 games back of Tampa Bay in the race to win the AL. 

The White Sox are well-balanced, though they lack big home-run power with only Jose Abreu surpassing 20 homers and 100 RBIs thus far. On the hill, Chicago has been stingy to opposing offenses with starting pitchers Carlos Rodon (2.43 ERA) and Lance Lynn (2.59 ERA) leading the charge, though Lucas Giolito and Dylan Cease aren’t far behind with sub-4.00 ERAs.

Overall, the White Sox bottomed out in the early 2010s, finishing fourth or fifth in the division six straight years, and now it is their turn to lead the way.

Cleveland Indians +12500

While Cleveland is second on the oddsboard, it’s highly unlikely the Indians can overcome their 10-game deficit to the White Sox. I can’t say it’s impossible, though; many will remember the Red Sox having a nine-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 before they posted a 6-18 record in September and squandered the lead.

The Tribe dismantled the team shortly after their 2016 World Series appearance and if they can hold on to a second-place finish in the division, that should be considered a success. 

Cleveland has some positive signs in the starting rotation, notably young arms in Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie, whom I’m a big fan of. Additionally, on the offensive side of the ball, shortstop Amed Rosario and third baseman Jose Ramirez are true all-stars and the team should do whatever it takes to keep them happy.

Detroit Tigers +60000

It has been tough sledding for the Tigers in recent memory, finishing in the basement of the AL Central in four of the last six seasons, following four straight division titles and a World Series appearance – a good tradeoff, I guess. 

With strong drafting and player development, I believe the Tigers could be an AL Central contender as early as next season – not this year, though. 

The offense isn’t overly threatening with no player holding a batting average over .300 and only one player with 20 home runs (Robbie Grossman). They may have a stud on their hands in leadoff hitter and center-fielder Akil Baddoo, but my eyes are on the pitching side of things.

The front of the double-barreled rotation in righty Casey Mize (3.59 ERA) and southpaw Tarik Skubal (4.26 ERA) are both 24 years old. This year was the first full season for both pitchers and I think they had successful rookie campaigns. If they can build off them, the sky is the limit for Detroit in the future.

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.