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2016 AL Central Outright Odds And Prediction

2016 AL Central Outright Odds And Prediction
The Cleveland Indians are entering the 2016 All-Star break with a healthy lead in the AL Central. Will they be able to maintain it or crumble in the second half? Read on further to see what we expect to happen in the AL Central this season.

There is a case to be made that the AL Central is the deepest division overall in MLB, as there is a good chance that four of the five teams in the division hit the All-Star break with records over the .500 mark. The lone outlier are the Minnesota Twins and they’ll likely end up competing for the worst record in MLB when all is said and done. Yet, with Cleveland having created some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack (Detroit, Chicago White Sox, and Kansas City), it might not matter if four of the five teams are over .500 at the break. This looks to be Cleveland’s division to lose.

MLB AL Central Division Title Odds

MLB AL Central Division Title Odds

When you take a look at the current MLB Al Central Division title odds, it’s no surprise to see the Cleveland Indians as the heavy favourites at -375. Cleveland will likely enter the All-Star break with anywhere from a 5-9 game lead on the second place team in the division and that’s a lot of ground for anyone to make up, even with almost half the season yet. The other three teams – the Kansas City Royals (+750), Detroit Tigers (+750), Chicago White Sox (+900) – are all bunched up among themselves and it’s going to be tough for any of them to separate themselves from one another. All have various issues to deal with, and if Cleveland either gets better down the stretch or maintains their status quo, the lead Cleveland currently has will not be overcome.

MLB AL Central Outright Prediction

CLEVELAND INDIANS TO WIN AL Central @-375

Although laying these kind of favourite odds on future bet can be tough, The Cleveland Indians are clearly the pick to win the AL Central right now and I’ve got a tough time believing anything will change in the second half. The Indians have managed to put it all together this year and their AL-best team ERA is something that can’t be ignored. Strong pitching is what the good teams have to separate themselves in this league and no other AL Central rival can match what the Indians put out there on the mound for any given game.

Offensively, the Indians can beat you in a variety of ways and are likely going to go into the All-Star break as the only AL Central team with a positive run differential overall. Overall run differential (runs scored – runs allowed) is a strong indicator of just how good a MLB team and if they are a little “lucky” or “unlucky” with their win-loss record. Well, as of this writing, the Indians are +89 in run differential, and with noted MLB statistician Bill James’ Pythagorean theorem, that is a very good sign for Indians fans and bettors alike.

Simply put, that theorem suggests that every +10 runs in differential equates to one win over the .500 mark. Now the Indians are much better than nine games over .500 at this point, and that margin could end up being too much to overcome for their competitors. Kansas City and the White Sox currently have negative run differentials, and the Tigers are dead even at 0.

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Cleveland Indians
Cincinnati Reds

CLE @ CIN

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One of those teams are going to have to go on quite the run in the second half of the season and hope that Cleveland finds themselves in a historic collapse. The likelihood of that happening is quite slim, and that’s why there is so much “juice” at -500 to back this Cleveland squad.

For those looking for more of a long shot in the AL Central and believe that we could see the Indians stumble towards the finish line, the team that likely has the best chance would be the Kansas City Royals (+900).

The Royals are the defending champions and that experience can’t be discounted. They’ve also been a team ravaged by injuries in the first half of 2016 and if/when they start to get healthy, they are a team most likely to make a run at Cleveland. Taking those +800 odds does look quite juicy on paper, but everything would have to break right for Kansas City and they’ve had their fair share of that happening the past few seasons.

Overall, the AL Central is Cleveland’s division to lose in the second half of the season and I doubt they let that occur.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 22 May
FT Minnesota Twins 14 - 7 Baltimore Orioles +119 -120 Odds
FT Kansas City Royals 2 - 4 New York Yankees +167 -192 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 8 - 1 PHI -111 -111 Odds
FT Los Angeles Angels 3 - 2 Tampa Bay Rays +100 -120 Odds
FT Cleveland Indians 1 - 5 Cincinnati Reds -132 +110 Odds
FT Pittsburgh Pirates 2 - 5 Atlanta Braves -135 +115 Odds
FT SFG 6 - 4 Chicago Cubs +186 -200 Odds
FT Detroit Tigers 0 - 1 Houston Astros +130 -139 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 1 - 5 ARI +175 -213 Odds
Tuesday 23 May
FT Seattle Mariners 1 - 10 Montreal Expos +135 -156 Odds
FT Kansas City Royals 6 - 2 New York Yankees +125 -147 Odds
FT Minnesota Twins 2 - 0 Baltimore Orioles +105 -125 Odds
FT SFG 1 - 4 Chicago Cubs +160 -164 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 8 - 2 PHI -147 +125 Odds
FT Los Angeles Angels 4 - 0 Tampa Bay Rays -111 -111 Odds
491' Texas Rangers 6 - 11 Boston Red Sox +182 -189 Odds
FT Cleveland Indians 8 - 7 Cincinnati Reds -167 +160 Odds
FT San Diego Padres 3 - 9 New York Mets +125 -147 Odds
467' Pittsburgh Pirates 3 - 2 Atlanta Braves -111 -111 Odds
462' Toronto Blue Jays 4 - 3 Milwaukee Brewers -116 -105 Odds
432' Detroit Tigers 2 - 5 Houston Astros +200 -244 Odds
342' Chicago White Sox 3 - 4 ARI +145 -167 Odds
317' Miami Marlins 1 - 0 Oakland Athletics +110 -132 Odds
312' St. Louis Cardinals 0 - 1 Los Angeles Dodgers +200 -244 Odds
Wednesday 24 May
Minnesota Twins 12:35 Baltimore Orioles +104 -112 Odds
Toronto Blue Jays 13:10 Milwaukee Brewers -115 +106 Odds
Miami Marlins 15:35 Oakland Athletics +117 -122 Odds
Chicago White Sox 15:40 ARI +103 -108 Odds
Cincinnati Reds 18:10 Cleveland Indians +165 -175 Odds
Seattle Mariners 19:05 Montreal Expos +142 -147 Odds
Kansas City Royals 19:05 New York Yankees +173 -179 Odds
Colorado Rockies 19:05 PHI -106 -102 Odds
Texas Rangers 19:10 Boston Red Sox +240 -256 Odds
Los Angeles Angels 19:10 Tampa Bay Rays +109 -110 Odds
San Diego Padres 19:10 New York Mets +140 -149 Odds
Pittsburgh Pirates 19:35 Atlanta Braves +126 -135 Odds
SFG 20:05 Chicago Cubs +160 -161 Odds
Detroit Tigers 20:10 Houston Astros +152 -161 Odds
St. Louis Cardinals 22:10 Los Angeles Dodgers +160 -167 Odds
Thursday 25 May
Pittsburgh Pirates 12:10 Atlanta Braves
Kansas City Royals 13:05 New York Yankees
Colorado Rockies 13:05 PHI
Los Angeles Angels 13:10 Tampa Bay Rays
SFG 14:20 Chicago Cubs
Seattle Mariners 16:05 Montreal Expos
Cincinnati Reds 18:10 Cleveland Indians
San Diego Padres 19:10 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers 20:10 Houston Astros
ARI 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers
St. Louis Cardinals 22:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday 26 May
Detroit Tigers 17:10 Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds 19:05 PHI
San Diego Padres 19:05 Montreal Expos
Oakland Athletics 19:05 New York Yankees
New York Mets 19:05 Pittsburgh Pirates
Texas Rangers 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 19:10 Cleveland Indians
Seattle Mariners 19:10 Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels 19:10 Miami Marlins
Baltimore Orioles 20:10 Houston Astros
ARI 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Tampa Bay Rays 20:10 Minnesota Twins
Detroit Tigers 20:40 Chicago White Sox
St. Louis Cardinals 20:40 Colorado Rockies
Chicago Cubs 22:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves 22:15 SFG
Saturday 27 May
Oakland Athletics 13:05 New York Yankees
Texas Rangers 13:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Detroit Tigers 14:10 Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays 14:10 Minnesota Twins
San Diego Padres 16:05 Montreal Expos
Seattle Mariners 16:05 Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati Reds 16:05 PHI
Los Angeles Angels 16:10 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 16:10 Cleveland Indians
ARI 16:10 Milwaukee Brewers
New York Mets 19:15 Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs 19:15 Los Angeles Dodgers
Baltimore Orioles 19:15 Houston Astros
St. Louis Cardinals 21:10 Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves 22:05 SFG
Sunday 28 May
Oakland Athletics 13:05 New York Yankees
Texas Rangers 13:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Angels 13:10 Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals 13:10 Cleveland Indians
San Diego Padres 13:35 Montreal Expos
Seattle Mariners 13:35 Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati Reds 13:35 PHI
Baltimore Orioles 14:10 Houston Astros
Detroit Tigers 14:10 Chicago White Sox
ARI 14:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Tampa Bay Rays 14:10 Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals 15:10 Colorado Rockies
Atlanta Braves 16:05 SFG
Chicago Cubs 16:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets 20:00 Pittsburgh Pirates

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