AL Central Division Odds
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
The AL Central is probably the weakest division in all of baseball. The Royals and Tigers are firmly at the bottom with very little hope of climbing out this season. It is really a three-team race between the Twins, Indians, and White Sox. While the Twins are the favorite, but any of those teams can emerge victorious.
The Twins came out of nowhere last season winning 101 games on there way to the AL Central title. While they ended there season with a heartbreaking loss to the Yankees in the postseason, there is still a lot to build on. Purchase the biggest part of the Twins game last year was their power throughout there lineup. They hit a huge amount of home runs last season earning the nickname “The Bomba Squad”. The Twins hope that they can improve on an already crazy performance last year.
In the offseason the Twins added Josh Donaldson to an already powerful lineup. He should add some good experience to this team over the next four years. They also picked up Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers to boost there pitching firepower. The Twins are definitely the favorite in the AL Central, but they have to look out for the Indians and White Sox.
It appears that the Indians rein atop the AL Central may be in jeopardy. For the second year in a row the Indians cut their payroll, while the Twins and White Sox went out and signed some great talent. While the Indians were able to win 93 games last year, they weren’t able to compete with the 101 win Twins.
Even with the cuts that the Indians have made they will still be competitive this year. The Indians look to there strong pitching staff to lead them in 2020. There starting rotation is headed lined by Trevor Bauer who was acquired in a trade with the Reds last season. They also have Corey Kluber, Shane Bieber, Mike Clevinger, and Carlos Carrasco to provide a solid pitching rotation. However, much of there strong bullpen from last year will not be returning for the 2020 season. The Indians will no dought be facing an uphill battle to get back to the top of the AL Central.
Chicago White Sox
Last season the White Sox were able to make a 10 win improvement, but that only means so much when you are below .500. However, it does give them something to rally behind going into the 2020 season. Last season the White Sox lineup was headlined by Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu. They need to show up if the White Sox are going to be good this season.
Going into the offseason the White Sox needed to add some star power to there pitching staff. While they pursued Zack Wheeler in the offseason they ultimately were unable to get him. However, they were able to pick up two-star pitchers in Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez. While the postseason may still be a few years away this team is for sure looking to get over 500 this season.
Kansas City Royals
It is hard to believe that this team went to back to back World Series just a few years ago. After several years of disappointing performances, the Royals fired Ned Yost and went out and got Mike Matheny from the Cardinals. This move was one of the first under the new ownership of David Glass. The Royals are far from a contender, but they can still improve this season.
The thing that made the Royals so successful during there 2015 World Series run was their bullpen depth. There is no denying the fact that the Royals simply do not have the pitching talent to compete. If they have any chance this season it will be lead by Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez. This team may one day be back on top, but it won’t be anytime soon.
The Tigers showed very little promise in the 2019 season losing 114 games. The only hope for the Tigers right now is that this is the low point in there rebuild. However, the front office did very little in the offseason to show that they were ready to make a push at the postseason. It doesn’t seem like the pain is going to end for the Tigers this season.
In the Tigers 119 year history they have only made the playoffs in 16 seasons, with the last coming in 2014. A big part of there struggle has been there inability to score runs. There ERA ranked 28th in the league last season at 5.24. The Tiger will one day be good again, but this is not there year.