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Some sports books have released MLB win totals. Over the next few days, we’ll analyze the win totals by division and comments where we see some value. Today, we’ll focus on the American League Central:

The odds-makers believe that the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers will compete for the AL Central Crown. These two teams, however, have starkly different compositions. Detroit features three top pitchers atop its rotation while Cleveland has the reigning Cy Young award winner, Cory Kluber.

Detroit

Fans are hoping that Justin Verlander is healthy after two injuries derailed his 2015 campaign. David Price and Anibal Sanchez will help take some of the pressure off Verlander, but as the staff ace, Detroit needs Verlander to return to his dominant ways. Detroit also got younger by trading for Yoenis Cespedes to replace Torii Hunter.

Cleveland

Terry Francona has restored order to the Indians. Kluber is arguably the best pitcher in the American League while outfielder Michael Brantley broke out last season. Cleveland does not have much depth behind Kluber, but its offense is stocked with power bats.

Chicago

Chicago re-tooled its roster by trading for Jeff Samardjiza and signing David Robertson, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera in free agency. Sale was injured last week and is expected to miss the first few weeks, so Samaradjiza and Jose Quintana will be expected to carry the rotation. 

Kansas City

Despite winning the American League last season, the odds-makers are not expecting much from Kansas City. James Shields left for San Diego and Kansas City’s offense does not present many great hitters. 

Minnesota

Minnesota has one of the best minor league systems, but that system isn’t expected to produce any players in 2015. 

Observations:

  • I think there are a few plays here. I was pretty bullish on the White Sox, but the injury to Sale is concerning. Plus, this team has been very inconsistent under manager, Robin Ventura. I don’t think Kansas City will be nearly as good after losing Shields. Detroit is still the class of this division and I don’t think Cleveland has the horses to stick with Detroit. I’m not a believer in Brantley, either.

Best Bets:

  • Tigers Over 84.5 Wins
  • Royals Under 81.5 Wins

After beating the Red Sox 2-1 in a series to close out the first half, the Yankees head into the All-Star break with a 52-33 mark, the best in baseball. Whoever’s backing New York with their free MLB picks has been making bank.

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The New York Yankees seem to go through a tough period every season, but eventually their talent comes through and they go on to win the division, change the MLB odds and play in the postseason anyway.

Well, they’ve been going through one of those rough spells recently, mainly because, as hard as it is to believe, they’ve been having serious problems scoring runs.

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When the Yankee bullpen is taxed, Joe Girardi knows that CC Sabathia has the ability to deliver lengthy, quality outings. In the rubber game of a three-game set against Tampa Bay, Big C just did that. Sabathia gave the Yanks eight innings of two run ball, striking out ten Rays, resulting in a 5-2 Yankee win. Sabathia threw 120 pitches and looked really dominant for the first time this season. Rafael Soriano closed it out, picking up his first save of the season. David Robertson wasn’t available as he threw the previous two nights. 

I didn’t write about David Roberston’s first blown save last night because in reality, it’s not a big deal. Robertson gave up his first earned run since last August (!!) and some growing pains are expected as he transitions to the ninth. I’m not here to make excuses for him, but Robertson threw 30 pitches the night before and will need time to get adjusted to the ninth inning. In addition, I tweeted a fun fact about one Yankee closer last night—

In 1997, Mariano Rivera blew two of his first four save opportunities as ‘The Man’

Despite initial struggles, Mariano hasn’t had that bad of a career (LOL). Lay off Roberston–he’ll be fine as the new Yankee closer. He has the best stuff in the bullpen and his strikeout rate is Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen-esqe. 

Overall, I’ll take two out of three against Tampa Bay every time. This weekend, the Mariners will come in for three games. The Yankees will get to see their old pal, Felix Hernandez tomorrow night as well. Jesus Montero will make his 2012 Bronx debut in a Seattle Mariner uniform. 

Apparently carrying boxes can be a dangerous task.

Yankees’ All-Star reliever, David Robertson, stumbled on a set of stairs carrying boxes and hurt his right foot. The Yankees sent Robertson for an MRI and the results came back negative. Doctors coined Robertson’s injury as a ‘bruised foot’, which is a huge relief. Granted, Robertson’s right foot is his push-off foot, so the Yankees need to make sure he doesn’t compromise his delivery. Remember, Alfredo Aceves suffered a back injury and never picked for the Yankees again. Relievers do come and go, but the Yankees view Robertson as their present and future.

Robertson posted an AL-best 13.50 K/9, a nearly unhittable 5.3 H/9, while only allowing one home run in 62 innings of work.

The Yankees don’t expect Robertson to miss the start of the regular season, so we all can exhale. However, with Mariano Rivera likely to retire at season’s end, the Yankees will need a future closer. Robertson and Rafael Soriano will probably duke it out for that job, but the Yankees need D-Rob to lock down the eighth inning in 2012.

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a final score of 5-4. It seems like the Yankees have made a bad habit of losing one run games late recently, so hopefully this slide will end in late September, when the Yankees will be preparing for a late-season run at the World Series while the Mets are making tee times in St. Petersburg.

I agree, Derek - AP

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The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees early this morning 2-1 in the 12th inning. With the late loss, we unfortunately missed the opportunity to see Mariano Rivera tie Trevor Hoffman’s save record at 601. Still, the Red Sox and Rays lost, so the Yankees lose no ground in the standings.

Gold Glove? - AP

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The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox tonight by a score of 3-2. By no means was it a pretty win, but you know what? The Yankees just won their eighth straight game, and are now in sole-possession of first place in the American League East and American League with a 69-42 record. 

The Game Winner - Elsa, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees posted a victory over the Seattle Mariners tonight by a score of 4-1. CC Sabathia took a perfect game into the seventh inning, through two rain delays, in route to his Major League leading fifteenth victory of the season. With the win, the Yankees move to 61-40 on the season. 

It's okay, CC. You did win your 15th game. - Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees posted a victory in the rubber match of the Oakland Athletic series with a 7-5 victory. The game honestly should not have been as close as it was, but it was still an entertaining game for all those in attendance and those watching from home. With the win, the Yankees move to 19 games over .500 for the fifth time this year.

This Weather Looks Just Ugly - Al Bello, Getty Images

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