2017 MLB Season Betting Predictions for AL Central

Posted by Jordan Walterss on Wednesday,June 28, 2017 11:40, EDT in

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: The AL Central is the only division in the baseball in which all of its members have won a World Series title. In fact, each team has won at least two of them. Go ahead and use that trivia tidbit at your next sports bar visit. Here are some betting predictions for the rest of the season in the AL Central.

2017 MLB Season Betting Predictions for AL Central

Indians Will Repeat

The Cleveland Indians were heavy betting favorites at Mybookie.ag to repeat as AL Central champions this season. The Tribe got off to a slow start partly due to injury and perhaps a bit of a hangover from losing the World Series, but they are starting to play to expectations and I believe will win the division going away.

The pitching staff is rolling into shape behind ace and former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. On Monday, Kluber was named A.L. Player of the Week for June 19-25 after tossing a pair of starts that saw him strike out 24 batters and permit just 2 unearned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks (one unintentional).

He had his fifth career complete-game shutout on June 19 at Baltimore. Kluber has been unhittable for a few weeks. The rotation could soon welcome back Danny Salazar. Salazar (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Saturday.

Is Salazar a Good Choice for the Rotation?

Salazar went through a simulated game on Monday with no issues, clearing the way for him to return to official game action. It’s unclear how many rehab outings he’ll need, but the Indians figure to proceed cautiously with him.

Meanwhile, the team just got back outfielders Michael Brantley, a former All-Star, and Brandon Guyer off the DL to boost the lineup. Cleveland is batting .272 with runners in scoring position in the month of June, which is 5th-best in the AL.

How Well Have the Indians Been in June?

The Tribe have recorded 2-or-more hits with RISP in 16 of 23 games this month, including a 12-game streak from June 9-22. Overall, the Tribe have gone 28-11 (.718) when recording 2-or- more hits with RISP in a game this year.

The club got good news Tuesday when doctors ruled out any major health issues for manager Terry Francona. He left Monday night’s home game early with an unspecified health issue and wasn’t in the dugout Tuesday. Francona will be monitored over the next several weeks to further assess his symptoms.

The Lions are underdogs in the AL Central to win the division.

Tigers Will Trade At Least One Star

The Detroit Tigers have the fourth-highest payroll in baseball and the team simply can’t afford that. Motown used to be a huge city that could support such a payroll, but it’s not these days. Former owner Mike Ilitch didn’t care, but he died last year and now it’s time to get the finances in order.

That means the Tigers are going to make a big trade or two by the July 31 deadline. Don’t be surprised if it’s ace and former Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander. GM Al Avila says he is ready to listen to trade offers on his veteran players. Verlander, a future Hall of Famer, holds full no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player so he’d have to sign off on any trade before it could become official.

But he surely would waive it for the chance to win his first World Series ring. Right fielder J.D. Martinez is a lock to be traded and could be had for a reasonable prospect haul, as he is a free agent at the end of the season. Relief pitcher and current closer Justin Wilson is also likely to be dealt off.

Will Manager Brad Ausmus make it through the season?

I doubt it. When Ausmus took over the Detroit Tigers in 2014, he was given the keys to a squad that was a World Series or bust team. Detroit had come off of a 2013 season that included 93 wins, an AL Central title, and a trip to the ALCS.

While Detroit did make the postseason in Ausmus’ first year, it failed to win one game in the playoffs, getting swept 3-0 in the AL divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles. Since that playoff series sweep against Baltimore, the Tigers have compiled a 192-204 record.

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Latest AL Central MLB Betting Trends

Cleveland Indians

  • 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 7 games
  • Odds to Win AL Central Division: TBA
  • Odds to Win AL Conference: TBA

Detroit Tigers

  • 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games
  • Odds to Win AL Central Division: TBA
  • Odds to Win AL Conference: TBA

Upcoming AL Central Schedule

Cleveland Indians

  • June 28th, 2017 vs Texas Rangers. 7:10pm ET
  • June 29th, 2017 vs Texas Rangers. 12:10pm ET
  • July 30th, 2017 @ Detroit Tigers. 7:07pm ET
  • July 1st, 2017 @ Detroit Tigers 1:07pm ET
  • July 2nd, 2017 @ Detroit Tigers. 1:07pm ET

Detroit Tigers

  • June 28th, 2017 vs Baltimore Orioles. 7:10pm ET
  • June 29th, 2017 vs Baltimore Orioles. 12:10pm ET
  • July 30th, 2017 vs Cleveland Indians. 7:10pm ET
  • July 1st, 2017 vs Cleveland Indians. 1:10pm ET
  • July 2nd, 2017 vs Cleveland Indians. 1:10pm ET

Final AL Central MLB Predictions

By the way things are looking, it seems the Indians will be able to repeat last year’s success to make to the postseason. After that, it might be a tough call. For Detroit, they might be able to surprise and make the Wild Card round. And with half the season left to go, it just might be possible. Maybe we’ll see the other two teams in the division rise up, but it’s most likely to not happen.