White Sox vs Tigers Odds: AL Central Betting Up For Grabs

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 27: John Danks #50, left, of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by Tyler Flowers #17 of the Chicago White Sox after a game against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field on August 27, 2011 in Seattle, WA. The Chicago White Sox won the game 3-0. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Does anybody actually want to win the AL Central? From the way the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers have been playing lately, it's hard to tell.

Maybe the Sox and Tigers will give us an idea of who wants to take the weakest division in baseball when they get together for a four-game series starting Monday night at The Cell.

Detroit just got swept three games by the Angels, and has lost eight of its last 12 games; Chicago just dropped two of three games to the Royals, and has lost nine of its last 13. Not exactly what you'd expect out of two teams fighting to win a division.

As this week begins the White Sox lead the Tigers by two games in the AL Central. And winning the Central is probably the only way either of these two teams is going to make the playoffs.

Chicago will throw Jose Quintana Monday, Jake Peavy Tuesday, Francisco Liriano Wednesday and Chris Sale Thursday; Detroit will counter with Rick Porcello, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

For Monday's game the Tigers are lined as -105 favorites, with a total of 9.5. But Bovada is listing the Sox as -120 favorites to win this series, based on the first three games.

Also Monday the NL Central leading Reds are -170 favorites with Mat Latos as they open a series with the fading Pirates; the NL Wild-Card leading Braves with Mike Minor are -110 favorites as they begin a series in Milwaukee with the surging Brewers; the NL West-leading Giants are -135 faves with Ryan Vogelsong as they begin a series in Colorado; and the Angels are -155 chalk with Dan Haren as they begin a series with the AL Wild-Card leading A's.

Then Tuesday we get the opener of a big series in the American League as the Orioles and Rays hook up for the first of three in St. Pete. Miami +135 at Philadelphia -140, Total 8.5 - Wade LeBlanc (1-2) | Kyle Kendrick (6-9) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Washington -143 at NY Mets +138, Total 7.5 - Gio Gonzalez (18-7) | Collin McHugh (0-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Mets
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Mets's last 8 games at home

Pittsburgh +164 at Cincinnati -171, Total 7.5 - Wandy Rodriguez (9-13) | Mat Latos (12-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games

Chi Cubs +100 at Houston -105, Total 8.5 - Chris Volstad (2-10) | Dallas Keuchel (1-7) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Houston
Houston is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Cleveland +108 at Minnesota -113, Total 9 - Justin Masterson (11-12) | Samuel Deduno (5-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Detroit -102 at Chi White Sox -103, Total 9.5 - Rick Porcello (9-11) | Jose Quintana (5-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Detroit is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home

Atlanta -111 at Milwaukee +106, Total 8.5 - Mike Minor (8-10) | Wily Peralta (1-0) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games

San Francisco -129 at Colorado +124, Total 10.5 - Ryan Vogelsong (12-7) | Alex White (2-8) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: San Francisco is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games

Oakland +149 at LA Angels -154, Total 7.5 - Jarrod Parker (9-8) | Dan Haren (10-10) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
LA Angels are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games

St. Louis -109 at San Diego +104, Total 7 - Jamie Garcia (4-6) | Eric Stults (5-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing San Diego
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego's last 7 games when playing St. Louis

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