Baseball wagering excitement continues to grow, however, for the White Sox as they have been the hottest team with the baseball odds heading into the All Star break.
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox were neck and neck in the American League Central Division race with the Minnesota Twins in the thick of the chase as well. Kansas City and Cleveland brought up the rear.
Detroit and Minnesota ended up tied at the end of last season with Minnesota scoring a win in extra game number 163 to win the division title. The Twins got off to a hot start in their new outdoor stadium of Target Field before slumping badly since the end of May. Minnesota has been solid at home but their road record of 19-25 was draining the wallets of many gamblers.
Pitching has been the problem for Minnesota as they ranked dead set in the middle at 16th in the majors for staff earned run average. Superstar catcher Joe Mauer has been battling injuries, which has also hurt the cause. Minnesota has been an overlay and has not been profitable for the season.
Detroit climbed to the top of the AL Central Division race based on an offense that ranked 11th overall for run production. The pitching staff struggled to rank 20th in the Big Leagues for earned run average. Detroit has been one of the toughest home teams in baseball with a mark of 32-12 and that more than anything else explains their success.
Miguel Cabrera was having a great season as he was hitting a spectacular .346 with a team best 22 home runs and 76 runs batted in. Justin Verlander anchored the staff with a mark of 11-5 and a 3.82 ERA.
The White Sox rose from the dead to become the most profitable MLB gambling commodity over the past few weeks. Chicago has been successful both on offense and with their pitching staff, which has one of the best starting rotations in the game. Their move to the top was reminiscent of their 2005 World Series title winning year.
While Kansas City was 10 games below .500 they were showing improvement under new manager Ned Yost, who has brought a more businesslike and fundamental approach to the game.