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American League Central Preview 2020

Twins Have Competition

This AL Central Preview 2020 page provides a snapshot of each team. Our AL Central Preview 2020 connects you to our full analysis and projection for each team in the division. In breaking down each franchise, we find that once again the Minnesota Twins will be very competitive. The surprise baseball club this season looks to be the Chicago White Sox. The ChiSox have done a good job rebuilding and appear to be ready to roll. Once again, we expect the Cleveland Indians to be in the hunt for a playoff spot well into September. Finally, the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are both in need of major improvements.

AL Central Preview 2020 – Teams

Below you’ll find a six-point assessment of each AL Central team. This is a sketch of each club’s strengths and weaknesses. As noted, our team pages offer a detailed examination of each franchise. Just click on the appropriate link to be taken to that team. Our complete, unabridged preview of every AL Central baseball club reviews past performance, pitching staff, including starters and bullpen, and fielders/hitters. Plus, we evaluate the front office and manger and also predict where each team will finish and their record. If you want to be completely prepared for the upcoming season, you should be sure to read every part of our AL Central Preview 2020.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Chicago White Sox

Strengths

  • Improved starting rotation
  • Upgrades in lineup
  • Ownership is spending cash for quality

Weaknesses

  • Lots of promise, can they come through?
  • Exciting young talent will make mistakes
  • Twins and Indians are stalwart opponents

Cleveland Indians

Strengths

  • First three starters solid
  • Fine bullpen
  • Manager Terry Francona is top-notch

Weaknesses

  • Could use more bats
  • Question marks for fourth and fifth starters
  • White Sox may have passed them by

Detroit Tigers

Strengths

  • After coming from Arizona in 2019, Victor Reyes hit well
  • Tigers should win more than 47 games
  • Starter Ivan Nova comes from the ChiSox with 11 wins

Weaknesses

  • In 2019, not one Detroit starter posted 10 wins
  • Hitting stats some of worst in AL
  • Manager Ron Gardenhire on the ropes

Kansas City Royals

Strengths

  • Whit Merrifield is one of best hitters in MLB
  • DH Jorge Soler has exceptional power
  • Closer Ian Kennedy is solid

Weaknesses

  • Not one starter had more than nine wins
  • Last four in batting order very weak
  • New manager Mike Methany questionable

Minnesota Twins

Strengths

  • Excellent starting rotation
  • Lefty closer Taylor Rogers has 4+ outs in his arm
  • Lineup offers plenty of power

Weaknesses

  • Can catcher Mitch Garver find consistency at plate?
  • Hitter Byron Buxton has lots of potential but injury-prone
  • Can manager Rocco Baldelli repeat last season’s stellar rookie performance?

Our AL Central Preview 2020 Projections

This division looks to have become a bit more crowded as the Chicago White Sox have beefed up their roster. The Minnesota Twins are an exceptionally well-rounded team while the Cleveland Indians did little to improve in the offseason. Kansas City and Detroit both have serious rotation issues.

  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Chicago White Sox (Wildcard)
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Detroit Tigers

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Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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