No respect for your Twinkies. Well, calling them the Twinkies probably is not very respectful , but among 2017’s AL playoff teams, they readily have the worst odds to win the pennant this season. As a result of the Tigers going into intense rebuild mode along with also the Royals pinching pennies and not re-upping with their star free agents, the Central is easily the AL’s shallowest branch, which ought to provide the Twins another shot to make a run at a playoff spot.
They’re essentially returning the same roster as last season and the lineup includes a few breakout-star candidates in Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios. Yes, this group lacks the sexiness of the Yankees and Astros, but make no mistake about it, they are trending in the right direction.
Blue Jays +1500
Of course, you are probably thinking that Toronto doesn’t stand a chance of competing with the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East. There is no doubt about it, the two of those teams are much better on paper, but let’s not forget the Blue Jays are only a year removed from back-to-back looks in the ALCS.
They’re coming off a disappointing season in which all that could have gone wrong did — most notably getting only 36 innings from Aaron Sanchez, together with Josh Donaldson missing a substantial chunk of time at the first half. Presuming those 2 all-stars are in for the long haul in 2018, expect the Jays to return to their winning ways of 2015 and 2016.
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