Teams have reported to 2010 Major League Baseball training camps and it’s time to start our division-by-division betting odds and team by team season win totals MLB baseball betting previews for the year.
The Twins beat the Tigers 6-5 to advance to the postseason, but it was a brief stay as they were promptly swept by the Yankees three games to none in the Divisional Championship series. Chicago finished in third place in the division with a record of 79-83, which was 10 wins less than the previous season.
There was also a tie for last place in the Central with Cleveland and Kansas City finishing with identical 65-97 records, 21 ½ games out of first. The Indians won 16 less games than in 2008 and the Royals won 10 less.
Here is a look at each team in the AL Central odds to win the division this season as well as the over/under on their season win totals.
Chicago White Sox
Odds to Win the AL Central 19-10
Win Total Over/Under 82.5
With the addition of ace Jake Peavy to the starting rotation along with Mark Buehrie and closer Bobby Jenks, the Sox now have one of the more solid pitching staffs in the AL. They also acquired Mark Teahan, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre this past offseason in an effort to get them back on top in the division.
Odds to Win the AL Cenral 15-1
Win Total Over/Under 74.5
The Indians have some offensive power with Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Matt LaPorta in the lineup, but they never were able to replace ace Cliff Lee and their starting rotation as a whole is sketchy at best leading me to believe that a 75 win season is highly unlikely.
Odds to Win the AL Central 11-4
Win Total Over/Under 80.5
The Tigers’ fortunes this season will rely heavily on the continued development of a pair of young arms in Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, who will lead the rotation as well as closer Jose Valverde. Replacing the production of Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson, and Placido Polanco, who were lost this past offseason, will make it much more difficult to compete in the Central this season.
Kansas City Royals
Odds to Win the AL Central 25-1
Win Total Over/Under 71.5
With a starting rotation that is led by Zack Grienke, Gil Meche, and Brian Bannister and a decent closer in Joakim Soria, the Royals should be able to improve on last season’s 65 wins. The real question mark for this team is their offensive production as they have not really done anything to address the situation this past offseason.
Odds to Win the AL Central 27-20
Win Total Over/Under 84.5
With AL MVP Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Jason Kubel anchoring the batting order, the Twins should win enough games to be right back on top of the division again this season. As far as their starting rotation, they will need Francisco Liriano and Scott Baker to come up big to have any chance to compete beyond that against the better teams in the AL.
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