Updated AL Central Champion Betting Odds
With less than 20 games left, the race for the AL Central is coming to its exciting climax as the Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox, and Minnesota Twins are all still in contention. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the updated odds to win the AL Central.
Cleveland Guardians (-1429)
At 80-67, the Cleveland Guardians are clearly the favorites at this point. With only 15 games left in their schedule, they hold a four game lead over the White Sox and a seven game lead over the Minnesota Twins.
That doesn’t mean they can rest easy, though. While they have the sixth-easiest schedule left of any MLB team, they still have three games left against Chicago. If they hit a cold streak, either of these teams could easily flip the script.
With a combined .467 winning percentage from future opponents, their schedule is manageable. Outside of the White Sox, they have three against the Rays, six against the Royals, and three against the Rangers.
The Guardians have been playing well as of late, getting hot at the right time. They rank 22nd in scoring (4.15 runs per game) and eighth in scoring defense (allowing 3.97 runs per game to opponents).
Chicago White Sox (+900)
The next-best odds belong to the Chicago White Sox. They have been playing good ball as of late, keeping their hopes of winning the division alive. Still, they haven’t taken advantage of all of their opportunities, struggling in series with teams like the Detroit Tigers.
Like the Guardians, they have a pretty easy remaining schedule outside of three games with the Guardians and six with the Twins. Aside from those two, they play San Diego three times and the Tigers five more times.
Unfortunately for White Sox fans, the team has just been mired in inconsistency this season. What should be a spectacular lineup on paper has averaged just 4.34 runs per game, good for 16th in the majors.
Their pitching has also been average at best as they are allowing 3.91 runs per game, good for 15th overall.
Minnesota Twins (+10000)
Coming in last in terms of best odds to win the division is the Minnesota Twins. At 73-74, the team sits just below .500 and has struggled on the road this season at 30-42. That is especially problematic for a team that has a few games left on the road.
With six games against the White Sox left, there are opportunities for the Twins to control their own destiny. Aside from those two, they also have three with Detroit, Kansas City, and the Los Angeles Angels.
Minnesota currently ranks 15th in runs per game (4.35) and 13th in scoring defense (4.20 runs allowed per game).
While some of their bats, like shortstop Carlos Correa, have been hitting the ball well, it is the pitching that has been a problem lately. Unfortunately, with injuries to the rotation, they have relied on a lot of youngsters. For instance, in their doubleheader with the Guardians on Saturday, they started two rookies who have made a combined eight starts between them.
While Cleveland is in a great position to run away with this division, neither the White Sox nor the Twins can be completely counted out due to the number of head-to-heads left.
Still, if they can avoid an epic collapse, the Guardians sit in a great spot to win their first AL Central title since 2018.
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