How To Bet On AL Central

After years of the Detroit Tigers carrying the flag and the hopes for the American League Central Division, the Kansas City Royals not only picked up the ball and ran with it, they took it all the way to glory, winning the World Series in 2015, the first Fall Classic captured by an American League Central ball club since the Chicago White Sox earned the title in 2005. The Royals, who played in both the 2014 and 2015 World Series, ended a 30-year title drought with their World Series victory over the New York Mets. [+]

The rest of the division is still waiting. It’s been a decade for the White Sox but that’s a picnic compared to the other three American League Central teams. The Minnesota Twins last won the World Series in 1991 and the Tigers were most recently crowned champions of Major League Baseball in 1984. Reverse those final two digits and you’ve got the last World Series win by the Cleveland Indians, which came in 1948.

What Are The AL Central standings

Here are the American League Central Division standings, and they figure to be a tight battle all season. [+]

The Cleveland Indians look to be the class of the group, winning the ALCS in 2016 and adding slugger Edwin Encarnacion as a free agent in the off-season. The Detroit Tigers are an aging club in regression, and after successive World Series appearances in 2014-15, the wheels completely came off for the Kansas City Royals in 2016. 

The Minnesota Twins were baseball’s worst team in 2016 and face a long road back to respectability.

MLB
MLB
# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395

Cleveland Indians betting tips

The Cleveland Indians were a win away from their first World Series title since 1948, up 3-1 in the 2016 Fall Classic on the Chicago Cubs, but couldn’t close the deal and lost in seven games.

Equipped with a stellar starting rotation and lights out bullpen, the Tribe went out and signed the best available free agent slugger, adding Edwin Encarnacion from Toronto. Cleveland will be tough to beat in 2017.

Tigers An Intriguing Team

It’s hard to say what kind of year it will be for the Detroit Tigers. Key players in their lineup such as Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler are a year older.

With the death in the late winter of team owner Mike Ilitch, definitely the main baseball guy in the family, will the surviving Ilitches hold a fire sale of talent if the club goes south in the standings?

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