The American League Central has had some close races over the past few seasons, and this season should be no different.
Chicago White Sox 91-71
The White Sox made two big moves during the off-season, re-signing Paul Konerko and signing Adam Dunn, both moves will give the White Sox a very potent offense this season. With a solid bullpen the question mark for this club will be the starting pitching. Mark Buehrle had a down season in 2010 and Jake Peavy is starting the season on the disabled list. If the starters struggle another team will pounce on the White Sox.
Minnesota Twins 88-74
It seems like every season their are doubts about the Twins, and every season the make a run at the playoffs. This season should be a lot of the same. The Twins still won the Central last season without closer Joe Nathan and slugger Justin Morneau missed three months. With both back, and virtually the same team from last season, the Twins will be battling for first place all season.
Detroit Tigers 80-82
On paper the Tigers are a very good team. They have superstar Miguel Cabrera, an ace pitcher in Justin Verlander and a solid bullpen. Unfortunately, the Tigers also have big question marks in their starting rotation after Verlander and Max Scherzer, a weak defense and a history of folding late in the season. This team could win the division, but another .500 season is more likely.
Cleveland Indians 70-92
There is a big drop off from the third place team in the Central, and fourth place. The only bright spot for the Indians is the emergence of Shin-Soo Choo. A big arm and great bat will make Choo a hot commodity at the trading deadline. It could be a few season before the Tribe is even close to contending again.
Kansas City Royals 64-98
The Royals have an outside shot at not finishing last this season. They have some good young talent in Billy Butler, Mike Aviles and Joakim Soria, but they also have a piecemeal starting rotation. If there is a silver lining to this club is the fact that the Royals do have some prospects that should get some big league time now in hopes of winning later.
AL Central MVP : Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit
AL Central Cy Young : Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit
Al Central ROY: Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City
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