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2013 AL Central Predictions

March 31, 2013

The AL Central might be one of the hardest to predict this season.  The Tigers are the front runners, but the rest of the division is up for grabs.

1 Tigers – The Tigers have added Torii Hunter to a team that already includes Miguel Cabrera (AL MVP and triple crown winner), Prince Fielder, and Justin Verlander.  They are the team to beat in the AL Central.

2 Royals – The Royals have a good young core with Billy Butler and Alex Gordon.  James Shields and Wade Davis should be welcome additions to the rotation.  The Royals have a chance to break through and make a serious run at the playoffs in 2013.

3 Indians – The Indians made a big splash by signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.  Their offense should be above average, but their pitching staff has too many question marks.  This team just seems to be average this season.

4 Twins – The Twins have some potential, but like most teams, the pitching staff will be the key to how they finish.  If Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau can stay healthy all season, the offense will be productive.  This is a team that could over achieve and surprise some people; but even then, it looks like a fourth place finish is about the best they can hope for.

5 White Sox – The pitching staff for the White Sox does not appear to be very intimidating.  There is power in the middle of the lineup but they are starting to show signs of age.  They are going to miss A.J. Pierzynski, who leaves a hole in the lineup, behind the plate, and in the locker room.

Besides the Tigers, the AL Central is made up of mediocre teams.  None of them are horrible, but it looks like the wild card team will come out of the East and West this season.

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