American League Central at a glance

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas City (52-34)

 

vs. Central: 21-14

 

Home: 30-16 Road: 22-18

 

Why they’ll win: Bullpen and defense are in a class by themselves among AL teams.

 

Why they won’t: Starting pitchers have AL’s 12th best ERA, and KC hitters are next-to-last in homers (67).

 

 

 

 

 

Twins (49-40)

 

vs. Central: 23-22

 

Home: 31-16 Road: 18-24

 

Why they’ll win: Starting pitching will keep games close enough for the rejuvenated offense to strike.

 

Why they won’t: Bullpen is shaky, and starting pitchers could have rough time maintaining their strong first half.

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit (44-44)

 

vs. Central: 27-17

 

Home: 22-23 Road: 22-21

 

Why they’ll win: The offense, even with Miguel Cabrera sidelined, is potent. Justin Verlander returning to form would be huge.

 

Why they won’t: Starting pitchers have a 4.48 ERA, ahead of only Boston. Bullpen isn’t much better.

 

 

 

 

 

Cleveland (42-46)

 

vs. Central: 14-22

 

Home: 19-26 Road: 23-20

 

Why they’ll win: The rotation, featuring Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.

 

Why they won’t: Not enough offensive punch, (12th in AL in runs) and defense is not a strength.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago (41-45)

 

vs. Central: 15-25

 

Home: 23-17 Road: 18-28

 

Why they’ll win: Chris Sale and the rest of the rotation will have to carry the load to make any run.

 

Why they won’t: Have by far the fewest runs (292) and HRs (60) in the AL.