Tigers Favored to win AL Central
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - After winning the division a year ago, the Detroit Tigers enter spring training in 2014 favored to win the AL Central again.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Tigers are 5/9 money line favorites to win the AL Central while the Royals have the next-best odds at +4/1. The Indians are also +7/1 to win the division, while the White Sox are +8/1 and the Twins have the longest odds at +33/1.
Behind only the Dodgers (13/2), the Tigers are 9/1 to win the 2014 World Series while the Royals are 33/1 long shots and the White Sox are 40/1. The Indians are also 40/1, while the Twins are 100/1. Detroit also has the best odds to win the AL pennant in 2014 at 17/4, while the Royals are 16/1 and the White Sox are 22/1. The Indians are also 22/1 while the Twins are 50/1.
The Tigers won the division a year ago with a 93-69 record while the Indians finished a game behind at 92-70. The Royals finished third with a 86-76 record while the Twins finished 27 games out of first place at 66-96 and the White Sox finished in the basement after winning just 63 games.
This offseason the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas in exchange for Ian Kinsler, who will be Detroit's new second baseman. Miguel Cabrera will now slide over to first base to fill the spot left by Fielder, and top prospect Nick Castellanos is expected to play third base full time.