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2020 American League Central Baseball Betting Predictions


AL Central Betting Odds & Forecast

2020 AL Central Division Odds

  • Minnesota Twins 3/4
  • Cleveland Indians 13/5
  • Chicago White Sox 14/5
  • Kansas City Royals 90/1
  • Detroit Tigers 150/1

The Minnesota Twins are the odds-on favorite to win the division after its prospects came into their own in 2019. The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians are seen as the second- and third-best teams in the AL Central, while the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are likely to finish 20 games behind the rest of the pack since both clubs are in the middle of massive rebuilding efforts.

2020 American League Pennant Odds

  • Minnesota Twins 8/1
  • Cleveland Indians 11/1
  • Chicago White Sox 15/1
  • Kansas City Royals 250/1
  • Detroit Tigers 350/1

The 2019 season was a banner year for the Twins. Minnesota set the MLB record for home runs in a season with 307 dingers, and a whopping 11 players hit at least 10 home runs. Eight of the nine everyday starters finished the year with at least 20 home runs, and nearly all last year’s starters are back.

Josh Donaldson looks to bolster an already strong Twins' lineup as Minnesota seeks another AL Central division championship. (AP)

2020 World Series Odds

  • Minnesota Twins 16/1
  • Cleveland Indians 22/1
  • Chicago White Sox 25/1
  • Kansas City Royals 500/1
  • Detroit Tigers 750/1

Minnesota has the shortest World Series odds in the AL Central. The Twins have the fifth lowest odds to win the World Series of any team at FanDuel, and they have the benefit of playing in the weakest division in the American League. They will have a tough time getting past the Twins and the Yankees in the AL though, and they have lost 16 straight playoff games to the Bronx Bombers.

2020 AL Central Win Totals Odds

  • Minnesota 34.5
  • Cleveland 32.5
  • Chicago 31.5
  • Kansas City 23.5
  • Detroit 21.5

2020 AL Central Playoff Props

  • Chicago White Sox Yes +180 No -225
  • Cleveland Indians Yes -118 No -104
  • Detroit Tigers Yes +3300 No -10000
  • Kansas City Royals Yes +1600 No -5000
  • Minnesota Twins Yes -195 No +157

2020 AL Central MVP Contenders

  • Francisco Lindor (Cleveland) 10/1
  • Josh Donaldson (Minnesota) 20/1
  • Jose Ramirez (Cleveland) 25/1
  • Yoan Moncada (Chicago) 40/1
  • Yasmani Grandal (Chicago) 50/1

Lindor was second on the team with a .854 OPS, and the shortstop has hit 30 home runs or more for the last three seasons. Moncada led the White Sox with a .915 OPS, and he had a banner year after leading the majors in strikeouts in 2018. His strikeout rate was still pretty high (154 K’s), but he made much better contact and saw his OPS rise by over 200 points. He will need to bring that rate down further if he is to take the next step in his career.

2020 AL Central Cy Young Contenders

  • Mike Clevinger (Cleveland) 10/1
  • Shane Bieber (Cleveland) 12/1
  • Lucas Giolito (Chicago) 18/1
  • Carlos Carrasco (Cleveland) 22/1
  • Jose Berrios (Minnesota) 25/1
  • Matthew Boyd (Detroit) 50/1

Bieber is one of the best young pitchers in the game. He made a run at the Cy Young last season with a 15-8 record and a 3.28 ERA, and he showed that he has the durability to last a full season by throwing 214.1 innings. Clevinger posted a 12.1 K/9 rate, and his WHIP was right in line with Bieber’s last season. That gives the Indians two excellent pitchers to lean on, but durability is a concern for Clevinger after he only threw 126 innings in 2019.

2020 AL Central Rookie of the Year Contenders

  • Luis Robert (Chicago) 4/1
  • Michael Kopech (Chicago) 6/1
  • Casey Mize (Detroit) 12/1

2020 American League Central Predictions

Best Bet & Value on AL Central Division Winner

Best Value: Cleveland Indians

Cleveland is in the top half of teams in terms of odds to win the World Series, but not by much. The Indians are buoyed by playing in a relatively weak division, and that will help them win more games than they would in either the AL East or AL West.

Best Bet/Value on American League Pennant Winner

Best Value: Cleveland Indians (11/1)

Best Bet/Value for World Series Winner

Best Value: Cleveland Indians (22/1)

Best Bets/Value for AL Central Win Totals

Best Over: Kansas City Royals

Best Under: Detroit Tigers

Detroit had one of the worst offenses we have seen in the 21st Century last season, posting a .682 OPS as a team, and no player hit more than 15 home runs or knocked in 60 runs. They are a strong contender to finish with the worst record in baseball again in 2020, but it appears they have hit rock bottom.

Best Bets/Value for Yes/No in the 2020 MLB Playoffs

Best Value: Cleveland - Yes (-118)

Best Bets/Value for Individual Awards

Best Bet MVP: Josh Donaldson, Twins (20/1)

Best Bet Cy Young: Lucas Giolito, White Sox (18/1)

Best Bet Rookie of Year: Casey Mize, Tigers (12/1)

Donaldson has hit at least 30 home runs in four of the last five seasons, and the only year he didn’t reach that mark was a season where he missed over 100 games. Donaldson gives the Twins another powerful bat in the middle of the lineup, but he needs to improve his strikeout rate after seeing that number rise for each of the last five seasons.

Giolito was the top arm for the White Sox last season. The young pitcher is coming into his own with a 14-9 record and a 3.41 ERA, and his 11.6 K/9 was the top mark on the team. He did a solid job of limiting walks, and he was fantastic against left-handed batters, allowing them to hit just .172 in 176.2 innings of work.

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