MLB AL Central Betting Lines

The Kansas City Royals ran away with the AL Central division in 2015, finishing with a 95-67 SU record and 12 games better than 2nd place Minnesota. That was a sign of things to come for the Royals as they went on to win the World Series in 2015, bringing the franchise its first World Series championship since the mid-1980′s. That division title was also their first since about the same time as the Central was owned by the Detroit Tigers from 2011-14. [+]

The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox round out the other two teams not yet mentioned in this division. The Royals success in 2015 (and their trip to the World Series in 2014) brought the spotlight back on this division. It’s a big reason why MLB AL Central betting odds are seeing more and more attention from bettors these days.

MLB AL Central Scores And Standings

This division hasn’t had the diversity that others in the AL have experienced in recent years, but part of that is because many of these Central teams have not lived up to expectations. View this year’s MLB AL Central standings below.

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# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 New York Yankees New York Yankees 48 29 19 256 199 0.604
2 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 50 27 23 235 210 0.540
3 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 49 26 23 216 222 0.531
4 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 54 28 26 253 225 0.519
5 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 51 24 27 226 221 0.471
AL - Central
1 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 47 26 21 218 225 0.553
2 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 49 26 23 217 199 0.531
3 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 50 24 26 230 202 0.480
4 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 51 24 27 239 260 0.471
5 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 50 21 29 172 225 0.420
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 52 36 16 268 194 0.692
2 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 52 25 27 245 237 0.481
3 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 54 26 28 216 235 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 52 23 29 223 257 0.442
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 50 22 28 203 249 0.440
NL - East
1 New York Mets New York Mets 49 22 27 250 260 0.449
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 49 22 27 220 255 0.449
3 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 49 19 30 213 248 0.388
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 49 17 32 201 246 0.347
NL - Central
1 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 51 27 24 259 236 0.529
2 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 50 25 25 237 232 0.500
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 48 24 24 204 202 0.500
4 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 50 24 26 252 260 0.480
5 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 52 24 28 207 241 0.462
NL - West
1 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 53 33 20 272 228 0.623
2 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 52 32 20 261 179 0.615
3 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 53 31 22 261 211 0.585
4 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 53 22 31 179 244 0.415
5 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 53 20 33 182 273 0.377

Bet On MLB AL Central Games

Kansas City’s success in 2015 was the culmination of years of rebuilding for the organization. The Royals had many lean years in the early and late 2000′s, but used all those high draft picks they earned to grab tremendous talent and develop it within their system. The emphasis the Royals put on the back end of their bullpen is a tactic that’s trying to be copied my many other teams in MLB, but it remains to be seen just how wide spread that strategy is implemented.

Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago, and Cleveland are the ones who see the most of the Royals and they’d all love to knock KC off it’s perch. All four of these teams are built a little differently and that makes for some interesting handicapping thoughts in AL Central games. Bettors have to really dig deep to uncover an edge and determine what style will win in a given matchup.

Generally speaking, this division is also the one most affected by weather in the American League. Cold temperatures early on and late in the season rip through these cities, and wind blowing out or in is another thing bettors have to be aware of with these teams. Knowing that the ball will either fly out of the yard with ease or barely leave the infield is a critical piece of information totals bettors look for each day.

Like the Royals, Chicago, Cleveland, and Minnesota have all gone through some tough years recently. It will be interesting to see if those franchises can follow the blueprint KC laid out and find more success in the AL Central in the near future.