It took them a while to get it going but the AL Central Division is now as good as any division in baseball. The Kansas City Royals represented the American League in both the 2014 and 2015 World Series, winning the Fall Classic in 2015, the first victory by an American League Central club since the Chicago White Sox won the 2005 World Series. The Detroit Tigers are the only other American League Central team to appear in the World Series since the 1994 divisional realignment, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and the San Francisco Giants in 2012.
The American League Central played weaker sister to the American League East and West Divisions until recent years, and it was a long drought. When the Detroit Tigers earned the American League wildcard playoff position in 2006, it marked the first time that two American League Central teams qualified for post-season play in the same season.
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When the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series, it not only ended a 30-year championship drought for the Royals, but gave the AL Central Division a unique distinction.
It meant that they were the only one of Major League Baseball’s six divisions in which each of its teams could boast that they’d all won at least two World Series titles. That being said, it’s been some time since most of them have won a World Series.
The Chicago White Sox took their most recent title in 2005, but that’s recent compared to the other three American League Central teams. The Minnesota Twins last won the World Series in 1991, while the Detroit Tigers were World Series champions in 1984. And pity the Cleveland Indians, whose most recent World Series title was claimed in 1948.
What Are The Current American League Central Standings
The American League Central Division standings are listed here and what’s unique about the division is how many of the cities in this group are also are strong rivals in other sports.
Detroit and Chicago are fierce rivals in the NHL and NBA, and Cleveland and Detroit have been frequent NBA playoff opponents. Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit also play in the same division in the NFL and Minnesota and Chicago are divisional rivals in the NHL.
|AL - East|
|1||Boston Red Sox||162||93||69||785||668||0.574|
|2||New York Yankees||163||92||71||866||664||0.564|
|3||Tampa Bay Rays||162||80||82||694||704||0.494|
|4||Toronto Blue Jays||162||76||86||693||784||0.469|
|AL - Central|
|3||Kansas City Royals||162||80||82||702||791||0.494|
|4||Chicago White Sox||162||67||95||706||820||0.414|
|AL - West|
|2||Los Angeles Angels||162||80||82||710||709||0.494|
|NL - East|
|3||New York Mets||162||70||92||735||863||0.432|
|NL - Central|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals||162||83||79||761||705||0.512|
|NL - West|
|1||Los Angeles Dodgers||162||104||58||770||580||0.642|
|4||San Diego Padres||162||71||91||604||816||0.438|
|5||San Francisco Giants||162||64||98||639||776||0.395|
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Each American League Central team tends to bring their own unique style to the diamond and that makes for interesting competition. Detroit isn’t afraid to spend to win, while Minnesota operates as a true small market team, watching star after star leave town while reloading from a deep farm system.
Kansas City is built around a sensational bullpen, while Cleveland relies on solid starting pitching. Chicago utilizes a mix of homegrown products and talent acquired from other organizations to try and get the job done.
No longer playing second fiddle to the American League East and West Division, the American League Central produced the league’s World Series representative three times in four years between 2012-2015.
Where Can I Bet On American League Central Online
Here’s where you can bet on American League Central Division baseball online and today betting on the American League Central makes more sense than ever before.
The AL Central’s Best
You’ll see some of the best players in baseball performing in the American League Central. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera might be the best hitter in the game, and he’s won two MVP Awards and a Triple Crown.
Teammate Justin Verlander won the MVP and Cy Young Award. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber is a Cy Young Award winner and Minnesota’s Joe Mauer was MVP. Between 2004-14, the American League Central produced seven Cy Young Award winners and five MVPs.