Surging Twins now favored to win AL Central – Fantasy Columns


Five days ago, the Chicago White Sox held a three-game lead in the American League Central. 

Today, the Minnesota Twins lead that same division by a half-game. 

How you ask? Well, since Sunday, the Sox are 0-and-4 and the Twins are 3-and-0. And fans still might be crying on the South Side after last night’s finish. The Pale Hose lost their second straight game to the Indians on a walk-off homer.

PointsBet Sportsbook just released their updated odds to win the AL Central. Minnesota is the favorite at -154, then Chicago +110 and Cleveland +3000. A -154 favorite implies around 61 percent probability. 

“Minnesota’s starting pitching lines up better down the stretch,” one Las Vegas bookmaker told NBC Sports. “They’ve got more arms to finish the deal. Giolito won’t pitch again ’til the playoffs, Dallas Keuchel goes tonight and then you’ve really got to cross your fingers over the weekend for the last three games.

“The Sox offense hasn’t been great lately either and they have too many guys slumping. Robert and Moncada have been in a big time funk. And they strike out way too much as a team. They could still win the division, but they can’t seem to stay out of their own way.” 

Chicago has one more meeting with the Indians before returning home for a three-game Crosstown Classic with the Cubs. Minnesota has Thursday off, then they’ll host the surging Reds for three. 

The Sox are a small underdog tonight in Cleveland (-136) with the aforementioned Keuchel against Zach Plesac. They have not announced who will start any of the games against the Cubs. 

The Twins return to action Friday night with their ace Jose Berrios against Reds righty Tyler Mahle. Michael Pineda and Rich Hill are scheduled to start Saturday and Sunday. 

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