MLB Power Rankings: The AL Central, the Most Underrated Divison

Henry Dorgan@HDthaTVmanContributor IFebruary 11, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: The AL Central, the Most Underrated Divison

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Justin Morneau #33 and Jason Kubel #16 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate a three-run home run by Kubel in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees during the game on May 27, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Th
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    Everyone always focuses on the NL and AL East Divisions, even though the AL Central usually goes down to the wire.

    In 2009 the Twins beat the Tigers in a one game playoff, and in 2008 the White Sox beat the Twins in a one game playoff.

    So why doesn't the AL Central get much love? Because they are in the Midwest, which means they can't get the same publicity as the East and West Coast. 

    So relax, AL Central fans. This article is for you.

5. The Kansas City Royals Miss The Boat Again

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15:  Mike Aviles #30 of the Kansas City Royals is hit by a pitch during the game against the New York Yankees on August 15, 2010 at Kauffman stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Sigh...

    I'm sorry Royals fans, but this isn't your year.

    The Royals traded away their best player in Zack Greinke, don't have any big hitters besides Billy Butler, and it's not likely their closer, Joakim Soria, will finish the season with Kansas City.

    Soria could be the best closer in the league. Although Kansas City doesn't win that much, when they put him in for the save, he gets it done.

    They've finished in last place for six of the past seven years, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

4. The Cleveland Indians Don't Rock

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    ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 8:  Pitcher Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians unknowingly wears a paper cup stuck to his hat put there by teammates as a prank during the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 8, 2010 at Angel Stadium i
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    MLB 2K7 had one of my favorite songs in video game history, called "Cleveland Rocks" by The Presidents of the United States.

    Well, the title of this slide says it all.

    The Cleveland Indians' franchise player, Grady Sizemore, played only 33 games and was out for the season with knee surgery. He will return this year and I predict he will do well, as usual.

    Shin-Soo Choo is a bright spot in their lineup, but he's still not an outstanding player.

    The pitching staff isn't very noteworthy either, although Fausto Carmona had a good season last year, making the All-Star game.

    All in all, I think the Cleveland Indians will do better this season, but they won't rock.

3. The Detroit Tigers Have More Growl

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 16:  Brennan Boesch #26 of the Detroit Tigers connects on a first inning base hit against the New York Yankees on August 16, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The Tigers are doing well, but they're still in 3rd place. That's how good this division is.

    They got their catcher problem fixed, signing Victor Martinez to a four-year contract. They've also signed many key players, such as Magglio Ordóñez, Brandon Inge, and Joel Zumaya, who is deadly when healthy, but his health is his weakness.

    The Tigers are almost unbeatable at home, but they are very beatable on the road, posting a 29-52 road record. If they can fix that, they could be a playoff contender.

    The Tigers are intimidating, but if they get hot early in the season, they could be scarier than sharing a prison cell with Lindsay Lohan.

2. The Chicago White Sox Are Looking Soxy

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Edwin Jackson #33 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 22, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    The White Sox did do well towards the middle of the season, but April was the month they wanted to forget, posting a 9-14 record.

    But with the recent signing of Adam Dunn, the Sox look fresh out of the washing machine. They got all the pieces of the puzzle; now they need to put them together.

    If Dunn meshes well with the Sox, they could make it deep into the playoffs.

    They got the pitching with Peavy, Buehrle, and Danks. But they lost Bobby Jenks, so before they win the Central, they need a solid closer.

    As much as I don't want the Sox to win, they'll win over 80 games with their lineup and pitching staff.

1. The Minnesota Twins Come Out As Champs...Again

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08:  Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates with Delmon Young #21 after the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 8, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Minnesota teams and veteran athletes attract each other like a pack of 13 year-old girls and Justin Bieber.

    First, it was Brett Favre (we all know this story), and then it was Jim Thome.

    Jim bombed a team high 23 homers (Morneau was out for most of the season with a concussion) in his first year wearing a Twins uniform.

    Brett Favre's 2nd season in Minnesota didn't go too well, but I have a hunch that Thome's will go quite swimmingly (just because I'm in high school and a sports fan doesn't mean I can't have a wide vocabulary.) 

    Biggie Smalls made a song called "Mo Money Mo Problems". In the Twins case, that is false.

    The Twins decided to spend a lot of money last year, getting names such as the previously-mentioned Thome, Orlando Hudson, Brian Fuentes and traded for Matt Capps. These players performed well, although Hudson and Fuentes are gone.

    The bullpen will be better this year. In my opinion, the Twins should have kept Jesse Crain out of sympathy. He blew many games and was a meatball pitcher.

    Good thing he's still in the division, but on another team (plus now we can retire Bert's number 28).

    Joe Nathan is returning from Tommy John surgery and Matt Capps becomes the setup guy. Can you say, "no blown games in the late innings?"

    The Twins are good enough to make it to the World Series, unless they face those Damn Yankees.

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