With only about 40 games left in the MLB regular season the time to bet on futures bet is winding down. If you still haven't bet on any futures bet you should take a look at the American League Central race. Three teams still have a shot at winning the AL Central and it should be a close race right down to the very end of the season. If you're looking for some excitement the last couple months of baseball you should definitely place a wager on one of the three teams in the hunt for the AL Central division.
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» 2011 American League Central Odds
» 2011 American League Central Predictions
There are only three teams in the American League Central that have a chance at winning the division. The Twins and Royals are already 11.5 and 14.5 games back, so don't expect them to come close to winning the division.
Detroit Tigers (64-56) are currently leading the AL Central division and are -250 favourites to win the division. The team is only 5-5 in their last 10 games and will need to pick things up to finish off the season. The Tigers need to finish off the month of August with a few divisional series against the Indians, Twins and Royals. If they do well to finish off this month I like their chances to win the AL Central.
Cleveland Indians (60-57) are currently 2.5 games back of the Tigers right now, but they could close that gap up this week when they play the Tigers. The team has gone 6-4 in their past 10 games and have been looking sharp again. They also have a fairly weak schedule this month once they get past the White Sox and Tigers. If they can pick up a game or two against the Tigers this week they'll be looking good to win the division, as they should be able to pick up wins over the Mariners, Royals and Athletics.
Chicago White Sox (60-60) are only 4 games back from the division leading Tigers and could make a run if they can remain hot against their division foes this month. Chicago is 8-2 in their last 10 games and they've been gaining a lot of ground on both the Tigers and Indians. I don't think the White Sox will take the division this year, but at +470 it might be wise to bet on the White Sox and Indians. That way as long as the Tigers lose you'll win over 2 units.
I like the idea of betting on the Indians and White Sox to win the AL Central. You'll be able to bet less than it would cost to bet on the Tigers plus the payout will be better. The Tigers have looked good recently, but I still think that they're going to find a way to lose the division and it could start this week, as they have two tough series.