When you look at the final MLB regular season standings in 2022, you see a few divisions that were won in landslide fashion. It would be easy to take the winners of those divisions to repeat again this season, but you have to take into account what the other teams have done in the offseason in an attempt to close the gap. Will those changes make a difference and make those lopsided divisions a little more competitive in 2023? The AL Central was one of the divisions that was not particularly competitive last season, with the Cleveland Guardians winning by 11 games when all was said and done. Will it be more of the same this time around? Let’s look at the current MLB odds.
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Cleveland Guardians (+135)
The Guardians won the division in a canter last year, with their young squad hammering their division rivals coming down the stretch to pull away. This year might be a little different in that there are fewer divisional games being played, with each team facing one another 13 times instead of 19. The Guardians had the fewest wins of all the division winners with 92 and may need to do better than that this season to repeat.
Chicago White Sox (+200)
The White Sox will start the season with a new manager on the bench and the hope that they can improve on their 81-81 record from 2022. The departure of Tony LaRussa should make things a little more comfortable for the players, but there are still some issues to deal with, perhaps none bigger than losing Jose Abreu to the Houston Astros. I think this could be a similar type of season for Chicago, who will likely land in 3rd.
Minnesota Twins (+250)
If I was ready to wager on the division now, I think my money might well be going in the direction of the Twins. They made some major changes in the offseason as they look to improve on their 78-84 record from last year, Their starting rotation looks solid, and if this team can avoid the injuries that plagued them last season, I think they might pip the Guardians and come away with the division title.
Detroit Tigers (+2000)
All you need to do is look at these odds to see that this looks to be another bleak season for the Tigers. They went 66-96 last season and now have just 1 winning season in their last 8 attempts. None of that bodes well for their 2023 campaign. The changes that the Tiger made in the offseason were about bringing in utility players who are not exactly game changers but who can play a variety of positions. New faces, but very likely the same result.
Kansas City Royals (+4000)
Anyone expecting something special from the Royals this season in probably in for a rude awakening. KC went just 65-97 last season and I think there is a very good chance that they actually get worse in 2023. Their starters are getting a little long in the tooth now, which is frightening for a team that surrendered 810 runs in 2022. The changes they made in the offseason did little to address the many issues that this team has, so expect them to be in the cellar again in the Central.
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