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Odds to Win the AL Central: Twins Providing Value Behind White Sox

AL Central Divisional Odds

There is less than a week remaining in the shortened 60-game MLB season, but the dust has yet to settle in the AL Central. At this point, the Chicago White Sox are in first place in the division and atop the AL Central oddsboard, but can they hold off the Minnesota Twins?

The Twins are +550 at Bovada and are two games back of the White Sox, who are the favorites to win the division at -1100. The only other team on the oddsboard in contention to win the AL Central is the Cleveland Indians, who are five games back and have +3300 odds to win the title.

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AL Central Betting Odds

TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Chicago White Sox-1100+325
Minnesota Twins+550-150
Cleveland Indians+3300+300
Kansas City RoyalsOTB+10000
Detroit TigersOTB+12500

Odds as of September 21 at Bovada

AL Central Still Up In The Air

The White Sox are in the driver’s seat to win their fourth AL Central Division title in franchise history. The team has been led by the resurgence of 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, who is 6-2 with a sparkling 2.04 ERA, and the outstanding bats of Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson, who have produced slash lines of .335/.381/.651 and .360/.395/.601 respectively.

However, the South Siders still have some work to do with seven games remaining and a two-game lead over the Twins. They will visit Cleveland and host the Cubs to finish the season. Among the starters they’re expected to face: AL Cy Young hopeful Shane Bieber and NL Cy Young candidate Yu Darvish. 

Minnesota has a much easier path to making up the two games and grabbing its second straight AL Central title. The Twins remain at home for their final five games, hosting the woeful Tigers for two and then the Reds for three. Minnesota has had a late push, winning 12 of its last 16 games, but will need a little help to overtake Chicago.

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.