2011 AL Central Predictions: Twins, Sox or Tigers on Top?

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2011 AL Central Predictions: Twins, Sox or Tigers on Top?
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Who from this division will be standing here in October 2011?

This is how I think the AL Central is likely to play out. Generally considered one of the weaker divisions in baseball, I've seen three teams cited as possible division winners by different sources.

The Twins have taken the lead in six of the last nine seasons, and remain a solid pick due to their talented core and seemingly intangible gift for winning.

The White Sox, last year's runner-ups, are the only team from this division to win a championship in the last decade. They have rebuilt in some key areas and are a trendy World Series pick.

The Tigers ended a decade of futility in the mid-2000s with the emergence of young talent on the mound and an unheralded, but effective, offense. Several key additions over the years have given them a competitive team in the mold of that 2006 squad.

The Indians are still awaiting the returns of the CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee deals of recent years. They have youth in spades, most of it unproven. Not without talent, they could surprise some people.

The Royals are not an inane pick for worst team in baseball. This is a crazy game, and the athletes who wear Royal Blue are a million times more talented than your average human being. Will they make fools of us all?

We'll see. Here are my bets.

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