Minnesota played horribly down the stretch last season, winning just two of their final 10 games, but the Twins still won the AL Central Division by six games over the Chicago White Sox. 2011 AL Central Odds Opening Lines have Ron Gardenhire's club favored to do the same this season. Minnesota is listed as a +150 moneyline favorite to hang onto its division crown.
Minnesota Twins (+150): The Twins have won the last two AL Central titles, and it would appear they have the team to do it a third straight year. The offense should be better if Justin Morneau returns as scheduled and the pitching staff looks almost exactly like last season's unit. The Twins ranked 11th in the league in team ERA in 2010 (3.95), the return of closer Joe Nathan figures to keep that number from going up.
The Twins are presently listed at +2000 moneyline odds to win the Fall Classic in the latest World Series Odds.
Detroit Tigers (+160): Landing Victor Martinez was big as was the signing of pitchers Brad Penny and Joaquin Benoit. Detroit may not catch Minnesota, but it most certainly will improve upon last year's 81-81 record.
Chicago White Sox (+200): Still has all the bangers from last season's 88-74 team, including Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Quentin, and Alex Rios, and they added slugger Adam Dunn. The pitching staff looks much the same too; however, the rotation has the potential to be special if Edwin Jackson can develop some consistency and Jake Peavy returns healthy from last year's shoulder surgery.
Cleveland Indians (+2000): When the strength of your team is the bullpen, that usually spells trouble for any division title hopes. The Indians may be better than they were last year (69-93), but an AL Central crown is out of the question.
Kansas City Royals (+10000): The future looks good as the consensus seems to be that the Royals have the top farm system in the major leagues, but this year looks like it will be another rough one for the Kansas City faithful. The team signed pitcher Jeff Francis and re-upped with Bruce Chen, who surprised with his performance in 2010, but the rotation, with the trade of Zack Greinke and the retirement of Gil Meche, is a long ways from allowing this team to compete for anything other than last place.
Minnesota Twins +150
Detroit Tigers +160
Chicago White Sox +200
Cleveland Indians +2000
Kansas City Royals +10000