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2015 Major League Baseball American League Central Odds

The Major League Baseball season is about ready to begin and everyone begins the season with no losses. One of the more competitive divisions in baseball will be the American League Central. Currently the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are the favorites in the 2015 Major League Baseball American League Central Odds.

The Tigers have been the class of the division for four straight seasons, earning the title and making the playoffs in each of those years. Now though, the Tigers are a year older, have lost some significant pitching but still have arguably the best overall team on paper.

Both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox got better during the offseason and let’s not forget that the Kansas City Royals played in Game 7 of the World Series last year. The poor Minnesota Twins, clearly in rebuilding mode, are projected to be the cellar dwellers again this season.

Detroit Tigers +180

The Tigers are almost 2/1 to win the division and lost Max Scherzer to free agency during the off-season. David Price could be the best left-hander in the American League and Detroit still boasts one of the best lineups in baseball with Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Yoenis Cespedes, Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez. The starting rotation will be tested and the bullpen isn’t a whole lot better; the Tigers need a big bounce back year from Justin Verlander, who opens the season on the DL.

Cleveland Indians +180

The Indians are tied odds-wise to win the division, winning 85 games under Terry Francona last year and 92 the year before. Corey Kluber leads a staff that should be solid and the Indians certainly have a lineup full of boppers with Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana and the addition of Brandon Moss. Cleveland must get better defensively, though, if they are going to contend for a division crown.

Chicago White Sox +285

The White Sox probably won the off-season by adding Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, David Robertson and Jeff Samardzija, but they are still being tabbed by oddsmakers as the third-best team in the division. Jose Abreu is a monster at first base and had an impressive rookie season at the plate. The rotation is very good and the additions in the bullpen make them a threat to win the AL Central.

Kansas City Royals +500

The Royals had their miracle season last year and it won’t be any easier replicating that. They lost a ton in free agency with James Shields and Billy Butler, to key guys, leading the subtractions. Additions include Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales offensively and Kris Medlen and Edinson Volquez on the mound. They still have Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer in the middle of that lineup and they do the little things to win, but the division is too tough this season.

Minnesota Twins +2800

The Twins are almost 30/1 to win the division this year, which tells the story. The 70 wins last year was the most for the Twins since the 2010 season and having to replace Ron Gardenhire doesn’t bode well for morale at this point. Ervin Santana is a nice addition to the rotation that is led by Phil Hughes, who had a big year last year. Joe Mauer is still one of the best in the game, but the production is slipping a bit as he is the only real threat in the lineup.

The odds are courtesy of BetOnline.

Chicago White Sox +285
Cleveland Indians +180
Detroit Tigers +180
Kansas City Royals +500
Minnesota Twins +2800

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