At one point, the AL Central looked like a division on the come-up. Now? It is arguably the worst division in baseball.
Multiple teams took steps backward when they were supposed to go forward (looking at you, White Sox), while others just waited for their division foes to keep falling for the banana in the tailpipe (Twins).
Regardless, the books are keeping odds available for you to wager on, so let’s dive into the AL Central betting odds.
AL Central Betting Odds 2023
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2023 AL West MLB betting odds as of Monday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m. ET on Caesars Sportsbook.
- Minnesota Twins (-3500)
- Cleveland Guardians (+1600)
- Chicago White Sox (+5000)
- Detroit Tigers (+5000)
- Kansas City Royals (+10000)
It’s bleak, folks.
AL Central Best Bet 2023
Minnesota Twins (-1600)
This division is a no-bet situation, but ignoring it for the rest of the season is something you should not do.
Minnesota has a six-game lead and is the only team above .500 (by five games, as of Aug. 28). If their roster was good enough to run away with the division and hide, the division odds would not be posted.
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Handling the AL Central Going Forward
It is more realistic than not that the Twins falter and allow the Guardians back into the division race. Cleveland does an excellent job of developing pitchers, which is why they are still within earshot of Minnesota.
The problem for the Guardians is that they cannot hit consistently no matter the situation — home, away, right-handed pitcher, lefty — it’s ugly.
You could take the Cleveland pitchers and combine them with Minny’s lineup and field a quality team. Unfortunately, that isn’t an option.
If the division lead remains six games or less heading into the double-digit days of September, then it is okay to cut bait on hoping for a longshot division bet on the Guardians.