MLB Odds: Tigers +20000 To Capture AL Central Crown

Posted on February 18, 2020 - Last Updated on February 19, 2020

The 2020 MLB season is almost here as the regular season begins next month. This means it is about time to get your bets in for who you think will win the 2020 World Series. Sportsbooks around the country don’t seem to be giving the Tigers much of chance after going 47-114 last year, and that’s probably for good reason. Here are the title odds for Ron Gardenhire’s ball club.

FanDuel Sportsbook: +10000

DraftKings Sportsbook: +75000

888 Sport: +75000

The Action Network: +100000

Bet365: +100000

MLB odds Tigers not expected to contend

So, clearly betting on the Tigers to win the whole thing is probably not the greatest idea, but with the Houston Astros dealing with all the sign-stealing drama, maybe the American League Pennant is wider open than previous years? DraftKings has the Tigers’ odds to win the AL at +35000.

Maybe you think the Tigers can sneak up on the Twins and win the AL Central division? DraftKings has their odds to win the division at +20000.

Additionally, do you think Matthew Boyd can win the AL Cy Young after winning nine games last year? DraftKings has the odds for him to win the Cy Young at +5000.

Improved roster

The Tigers might not be contenders to win the World Series this year, but general manager Al Avila has improved the club this offseason, signing five players to big-league contracts, costing about $20 million, according to MLive. These players include Austin Romine, C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Ivan Nova, and Cam Maybin who is now in his third stint with the team.

Romine hit .281 and had eight home runs in 72 games for the Yankees last season while Cron hit 25 home runs to go with 78 RBIs for the Twins last year. Schoop hit 23 home runs for the Twins last year while Maybin hit .285 in 82 games for the Yankees last year.

These bats should hopefully help a lineup that was second-to-last in the MLB in home runs in 2019 and dead-last in runs scored.

Additionally, Nova has a 4.32 career ERA which could possibly help Detroit’s pitching rotation that was 29th in all of baseball with a 5.24 team ERA.

Maybe these acquisitions can help the Tigers at least win more than 47 total games.


Cabrera comes in to spring training slimmer

Miguel Cabrera has not had the greatest of seasons the past three years, hitting .282 last year to go with 12 home runs after only playing in 38 games in 2018 and only hitting .249 in 2017. What can we expect from the almost 37-year-old Cabrera this year?

It is hard to tell what Cabrera will do or what the future holds for him as his contract lasts through the 2025 season, but he has apparently lost a significant amount of weight, according to The Detroit News. He reportedly said that he weighs as much as he did in 2015 when he cut weight but then gained it back because he felt he had lost some power. This time it was a necessity though, as the extra weight put more stress on his right knee last season.

Cabrera said he wasn’t happy with his numbers last season and so his goal was to get in shape and to try to be back at 100 percent, hoping to play the entire season.

The Tigers would probably love to have Cabrera produce close to what he did in 2015 as he hit .338 at the plate. Maybe the combination of a slimmer Cabrera and the offseason additions can they give fans more reasons to bet on their team in 2020.

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David Wysong is a sports journalist from Ohio that graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he covered the Bearcats as sports editor and editor-in-chief of the student paper. He currently covers high school sports for USA Today’s Chillicothe Gazette and also runs FanSided’s site about the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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