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Sunday Night Baseball: AL Central Preview and Predictions

I am continuing with my MLB divisional breakdown. This time we head to the AL Central. I have done the NL West, NL East, and the AL West. Let’s jump right into it.

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Cleveland Indians

Projected Lineup: Francisco Lindor SS, Jason Kipnis 2B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Carlos Santana 1B, Jake Bauers OF, Hanley Ramirez DH, Tyler Naquin OF, Leonys Martin OF, Roberto Perez C.

Projected Rotation: Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber

This is the Indians easiest division title in the last few years. From the looks of it, their rotation seems to be one of the top in the league. Kluber and Bauer very well could be in Cy Young talks by the end of the year. Their offense is just as good. They had a top 5 offense and pitching last season, so I do not expect much to change there. The Indians are one of 4 teams in the American League that can win the World Series, along with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros. I really like this team. I like that they have kept their core mainly together. They will make a trade at the deadline, which they always do and we’ll see them in October. They’ll finish 92-70.

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Kansas City Royals

Projected Lineup: Adalberto Mondesi SS, Whit Merrifield 2B, Alex Gordon OF, Ryan O’Hearn 1B, Jorge Soler DH, Hunter Dozier 3B, Chris Owings OF, Billy Hamilton OF, Cameron Gallagher C.

Projected Rotation: Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Brad Keller, Jake Junis, Jorge Lopez

Look, I love the Royals. They have a young squad and who knows, they could make a run. I have them as my surprise team from this division. I think they’ll finish second, maybe hitting a Wild Card spot. Merrifield is a solid infielder and a solid hitter and I still really love Alex Gordon. They also added one of the most underrated CF’s in the game, Billy Hamilton. Yes he struggles hitting, but his defense is unreal and he knows how to work a count. He was also unsigned by his team, the Reds, so I think he is out to prove himself this season. I’ll say they finish 87-75.

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Minnesota Twins

Projected Lineup: Jorge Polanco SS, CJ Cron 1B, Eddie Rosario OF, Nelson Cruz DH, Jonathan Schoop 2B, Marwin Gonzalez 3B, Max Kepler OF, Jason Castro C, Byron Buxton OF.

Projected Rotation: Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Jake Odorizzi, Michael Pineda, Martin Perez.

No one thinks they’ll win the division, right? The Twins are one of those teams that disappoints pretty much early, just like last year. They have one person in their rotation that has a career ERA lower than 4.00 (the Indians have all 5 under 4.00). This team will be the second best team in the division, because the rest of the division is just plain awful. This is the most predictable division in baseball, thanks to the constant mediocracy from the Twins. They’ll finish 83-79.

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Detroit Tigers

Projected Lineup: Josh Harrison 2B, Christin Stewart DH, Nick Castellanos OF, Miguel Cabrera DH, Jeimer Candelario 3B, Niko Goodrum OF, Grayson Greiner C, Jordy Mercer SS, Jacoby Jones OF.

Projected Rotation: Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd, Jordan Zimmermann, Tyson ross, Matt Moore.

Another team that really hasn’t done much and will continue to disappoint. Not much more to say here, they’ll finish 60-100.

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Chicago White Sox

There is no one else in this league that is a bigger laughing stock than the entire Chicago White Sox’s organization. They signed everyone related to Manny Machado and had their media always say they were signing him, but they failed… just like they do every single year. Just a complete joke of a team. They’ll finish dead last, 50-112.

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