How The AL Central Odds Are Too Close For Comfort

  • The Minnesota Twins are leading the AL Central division by three games, and are tied for the White Sox as the favorite to win at +120.
  • The last time the Guardians won the AL was in 2018 when they had -400 preseason odds, which was their third straight division grab.
  • The White Sox won the division in 2021, with -120 preseason odds, and were given -200 preseason odds to win the division for 2022.

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins are tied as the favorite to win the AL Central with the Chicago White Sox at +120 odds. Chicago was the favorite to win the division during the preseason, with -200 odds.

The White Sox have the third-best record in the AL Central, trailing the Cleveland Guardians and the Twins. However, the Guardians have long odds to win the division at +375. With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season, there is no clear team or online betting favorite for the AL Central.

Betting On The Past AL Central Winners

The White Sox were also the preseason favorites when they won the division during the 2021 season, even though the Twins were projected to be close behind with +120 odds.

The Twins ended the 2021 season in dead last for the division, which was the first time that had happened since the 2016 season.

In the two seasons before that, 2019 and 2020, the Twins took the division, as the favorite in 2020 and the underdog in 2019. During this year’s preseason, they had +500 odds to finish first at MLB online sportsbooks.

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The Guardians had the longest preseason odds of the three contenders, at +1000. They were the favorite to win during the 2019 season, with -400 odds but lost it to the Twins.

AL Central Has Always Been Tight

During the 2020 season, the AL Central ended with the Twins, White Sox, and Guardians all being within one game of each other. This was not the case for 2021, with the White Sox dominating the division and winning by 13 games.

For betting on the 2022 Central winner, the White Sox have the most momentum out of all three teams. They have won seven of their last 10 games and are one of the teams in discussion to trade for Juan Soto. The Twins have gone an even 5-5 over this stretch, and only hold three games over the Guardians and White Sox for first place in the division.