2010 AL Central Preview, Betting Odds and Predictions

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In each of the last two years, it has taken a 163rd regular season game to decide the AL Central champion. The 2010 race should be another tight one, although the Minnesota Twins appear to be the club to beat as we approach opening day.

Minnesota Twins (+130 Odds to win American League Central Division)

As Minnesota prepares to play outdoor baseball at home for the first in nearly three decades, the Twins have a good team to go with its new ballpark. Star performers Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau pace a sound offensive attack. The lineup has been bolstered in the offseason by a new double play combo up the middle with the additions of 2B Orlando Hudson and SS J.J. Hardy. The pitching staff is also sound in the rotation and bulllpen. Minnesota Twins Odds to win 2010 World Series

Chicago White Sox (+240 Odds to win American League Central Division)

Chicago will likely go as far as its starting rotation this season. With the duo of Mark Buehrle and Jake Peavy heading the starting staff, the White Sox’s arms should be able to keep the club in most games in 2010. The bats are a bit of a question mark. Alex Rios struggled after being acquired during the middle of last season from Toronto. Veterans Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones will be looking to rejuvenate their careers with the White Sox this season. Chicago Whitesox Odds to win 2010 World Series

Detroit Tigers (+240 Odds to win American League Central Division)

Detroit is going through some key transitions this season but is hoping to remain a contender. Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Edwin Jackson and Fernando Rodney are no longer with the Tigers after being major contributors in 2009. The club is set to throw two rookies into the fire in the everyday lineup. Detroit will need 2B Scott Sizemore and OF Austin Jackson to develop quickly this season. The recent signing of Johnny Damon should help to absorb the loss of Granderson and Jose Valverde is on board to replace Rodney as the new closer. Detroit Tigers Odds to win 2010 World Series

Cleveland Indians (+1400 Odds to win American League Central Division)

After being just one win away from reaching the World Series in 2007, the Indians have been steadily moving in the other direction in the last couple of years. New manager Manny Acta will have to build a rotation that has been ravaged by the trades of C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee in the last couple of seasons. While the starting pitching is a big question mark, the offense is a little better heading into 2010. Franchise player Grady Sizemore is looking to stay on the field this season after missing the final two months of last year. Cleveland Indians Odds to win 2010 World Series

Kansas City Royals (+1600 Odds to win American League Central Division)

Even with Cy Young winner Zack Greinke, the Royals lost nearly 100 games a year ago. With only one winning campaign over the last 15 years, Kansas City is struggling to compete as a small market team. Greinke is a good building block and there are some other talented arms on the staff. A weak offense will be challenged to mount any consistency this season. Veterans Rick Ankiel, Scott Podsednik and Jason Kendall are new additions to the Royals everyday lineup this year. KC Royals Odds to win 2010 World Series
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