AL Central Predictions, Odds and Expert Picks for the 2021 MLB Season on FanDuel Sportsbook
Spring Training is underway and the 2021 MLB season is rapidly approaching. There's been no shortage of drama this offseason, and baseball fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that we have games to focus on, and the on-field product is once again the center of attention.
The 2021 World Series race is wide open, but some early favorites stand out in the field, according to MLB odds from FanDuel Sportsbook: the Los Angeles Dodgers (+400), New York Yankees (+550) and Atlanta Braves (+900). Before they worry about the World Series, though, teams need to focus on the regular season and take care of their division.
With that in mind, here is how industry experts see the American League Central shaping up in 2021.
Picks to Win the America League Central
Predictions from USA Today come from their panel of six experts, PECOTA projections come from Baseball Prospectus, and Clay Davenport (who co-founded Baseball Prospectus) projections come from his personal website. FanDuel Sportsbook win totals and odds to win the division are as of March 15, 2021.
USA Today: Chicago White Sox
PECOTA: Minnesota Twins
Clay Davenport: Minnesota Twins
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: White Sox (-125)
There's two clear contenders for the AL Central according to the experts, with the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins earning two picks each to take home the division crown.
Chicago White Sox Predictions 2021
USA Today: 89-73
Clay Davenport: 83-79
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 90.5
Odds to Win the AL Central: -125
Chicago is one of two teams expected to be in the race for the AL Central title, as the experts see them playing at least over .500 ball and having the potential to crack 90-plus wins.
Minnesota Twins Predictions 2021
USA Today: 87-75
Clay Davenport: 88-74
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 89.5
Odds to Win the AL Central: +140
The experts are high on the Twins' chance to win the division in 2021 as well, with 87 wins as their lowest projection and the second-best odds to win the AL Central.
Cleveland Indians Predictions 2021
USA Today: 82-80
Clay Davenport: 81-81
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 81.5
Odds to Win the AL Central: +750
The Cleveland Indians are the one other team with a realistic chance at winning the division, according to the experts. PECOTA is particularly high on them and all see the Indians playing at least .500 ball.
Kansas City Royals Predictions 2021
USA Today: 72-90
Clay Davenport: 70-92
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 73.5
Odds to Win the AL Central: +4000
There's a clear drop-off from the Indians to the Kansas City Royals, with KC being picked as the likely fourth-place finisher in this division.
Detroit Tigers Predictions 2021
USA Today: 61-101
Clay Davenport: 70-92
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 67.5
Odds to Win the NL Central: +5500
Not only are the Detroit Tigers picked by the experts to finish last in the AL Central, but their projected win total would place them among the worst teams in the league in 2021.
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