MLB Picks: American League Central Team Updates

David Schwab

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:55 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 2:55 PM UTC

While there are unsubstantiated reports Detroit could have the American League Central wrapped up by July 4, the fact is MLB baseball handicappers are looking for an opening to bet against the Tigers. Let's further analyze the League's contendors.

Detroit has gotten off to its best start since 1984 and is packaged together with four other teams that are going to need a diablerie to get back in the race. Yet those working the MLB odds are convinced the Tigers cannot possibly keep up this pace and they will provide play against opportunities with sports picks in the not too distant future. 

Detroit Tigers
The Tigers had their 11-game road winning streak snapped in extra innings at Cleveland this past Monday. Detroit has the best record in baseball and their 1.25 runs margin of victory is second only to Oakland.

Manager Brad Ausmus has a team hitting on all cylinders (cheap Motor City reference) and they are a dominating 29-9 in games determined by two or more runs which include 11-5 in those by four or more. 

With all of the Rangers' woes, Detroit will have the betting odds in their favor in a four-game home series over the weekend. The only thing that could derail this team is a seven-game road trip to Oakland and Seattle. 

Kansas City Royals
As of this moment, arguably the easiest team to wager on in the big leagues is Kansas City. Need proof? When the Royals are favored, they are 18-11, which has been good for + 2.3 units. Then turnaround and dress K.C. as underdogs and the ATM machine starts spitting out cash by playing against them to the tune of -7.7 units with their hideous 4-12 mark. 

Could this trend continue? Quite possibly, because after they wrap up home series with the White Sox, they will be on the road to Anaheim, Toronto and St. Louis, with a three-game home series with Houston in that mix. 

Watch the sportsbooks odds on Kansas City and pounce on them with your MLB picks when their role has been determined.

Minnesota Twins
An unforeseen development to the baseball season has been the play of the Twins, who have been making money. Minnesota has not broken the 70-win barrier since 2010 and there was little reason to believe they would be hovering around .500 when Memorial Day arrived. The Twins have generated a nice profit to this point with an offense averaging 4.6 runs a contest and what they lack in power, they make up for execution, ranking second only to Oakland in on-base percentage. 

If Phil Hughes or Kyle Gibson were to miss more than one start, Minnesota could go south in a hurry because the rest of the pitching is below average. 

Minnesota is on the West Coast for the rest of this week in interleague action before four-game home tussle with Texas. Starting on May 30 is key stretch, at the Yankees and a home and home with Milwaukee. We will see how this plays out, but for now the Twins are as tasty to sports bettors as Twinkies. 

Chicago White Sox
If there is a team teetering on falling it is the White Sox. The Pale Hose have the worst starting pitching ERA in the AL and though they have won all five of Andre Rienzo’s starts, scoring six runs a game has more to do with the outcomes than Rienzo’s pitching efforts. 

With slugger Jose Abreu on the DL, the offense figures to be less explosive. 

Chicago is just 10-11 at The Cell and opens a 10-game homestand Thursday versus the Yankees, Cleveland and San Diego. A poor homestand could make matters difficult since after the Padres, they travel west to Anaheim and L.A. 

Cleveland Indians
Here are two easy to understand explanations why the Tribe is in last place in the division after winning 92 times in 2013. 

The offense to this juncture is off 0.5 runs a game compared to last year (4.1 vs. 4.6) and the pitching staff is surrendering more than a half run per contest compared to last season (4.7 vs. 4.1).

While there is plenty of blame to go around to the pitchers, they are not supported by one iota by the defense, which has the worst fielding percentage in The Majors and is averaging one error per outing. Also taking too many bad angles to batted balls that go for hits, but are really mental errors. 

Cleveland is finishing up a treacherous homestand with the A’s and Tigers before heading to Baltimore and the South Side of Chi-Town. This places the Indians in a tough situation since they are 7-14 (-6.5) in away games.

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