3 Underdog MLB Teams That Could Win Their Division in 2019

Mike Esposito
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If recent history is any indication, there are always one or two underdog teams that come out of nowhere and make a serious push for an MLB division crown.

Here are three underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, that can win their division in 2019.

1. Minnesota Twins, AL Central (+220)

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The Cleveland Indians have been the kings of the AL Central for a while now. However, if any division foe is to finally unseat them, it could be the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota has feasted on AL Central opponents this season (6-1 record) and boasts a lineup that leads the Majors with an .820 team OPS. The Twins also have a true ace in Jose Berrios, which could go a long way in leading them to a Central Division crown.

2. Tampa Bay Rays, AL East (+130)

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The Tampa Bay Rays have some pretty stiff competition for the AL East crown in the New York Yankees and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. But the Rays' pitching staff could be the X factor that allows them to steal the division this season. They own an MLB-best 2.95 team ERA and have conceded an MLB-low 88 runs coming into Thursday. If their middle-of-the-pack offense can get hot this summer, the Rays could go into the record books as the 2019 AL East champions.

3. Chicago Cubs, NL Central (+230)

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It's strange to think that the Chicago Cubs are an underdog in the NL Central, but the Milwaukee Brewers did win the division last season. The Cubs have been able to keep pace with the Brewers, and they're three games in back of the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Despite some early-season bullpen struggles, the Cubs have seemingly found their groove, winning seven of their last 10 games. If they bring in some bullpen help (Craig Kimbrel, anyone?), the Cubbies could be be the team to beat when it's all said and done.


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