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2013 Preview: The American League Central

Mar 28, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera AP AP

For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central.

It’s the Tigers’ world and everyone else is living in it. Of course we thought that last year too and Detroit didn’t truly wrest control of the AL Central until the last couple weeks of the season.  This year, however, we feel like that won’t be a problem.

The Indians have a whole new look with Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and Terry Francona, but do they have enough pitching to challenge for the wild card?

The White Sox were in the race all year in 2012, but with few offseason additions and aging sluggers, is there another season of contention left?

The Royals had the best spring training record of anyone, but does that and fifty cents get them anything more than a bag of chips?

The Twins: another year in the cellar seems unavoidable, but is there any hope at all?

Below are our team-by-team previews for the AL Central as well as our HBT Extra feature on the division. Enjoy.

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  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I would certainly pencil in the Tigers for 90 wins this season, even with that weak fielding infield. The Indians and the Royals should be much improved and will win more games against the Tigers this year than they did last season.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Sorry but the jays are so good they will win the Central also, i just got off the phone with AA and he is already printing up t shirts that say “Jays AL Central and AL East champs”

      • philliesblow - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        You can win 2 divisions when you have Geddy throw out the first pitch.

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM


    Thank you, Craig, for our daily dose of Tigers awesomeness! <3

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      I agree. The Tigers pitchers will fill me with awe and “ah shucks”in the 9th inning.

  3. tmhofficial - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I love that the Twins put all that effort into upgrading their AL worst rotation. Harden is a lock to regain that 2008/2009 form, Pelfrey was underrated all those years on the Mets and should be a real stud out there, and Correia is going to dominate in the AL in spite of sucking in the NL. The Vanimal is our ace, and not at all a 4th starter masquerading as such, and Diamond is our best SP until Gibson arrives. Awesome, just awesome.

    Oh, and Carroll is almost 40 yet is our best middle infielder, Plouffe will bat .220 while swinging for the fences every AB, our best player will be lucky to hit double digit HRs (I’m not in the club of “Mauer sucks” because he’s a great player, but the lack of power at this point is disheartening), and we held onto Willingham instead of trading him for some good prospects with his value through the roof. Ryan Doumit plays a mean RF.

    It should be a playoff atmosphere all season at Target Field.

    • jarathen - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      I see what you did there.

      • tmhofficial - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        I have a 20 game pack again this year, and I’m depressed that I spent the money on it. Can you tell? Want some tickets?

    • dluxxx - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      This looks vaguely familear to me. I can’t quite place it…… Oh yeah! This has been posted on any Twins related post for the last 2 weeks! At least you keep finding new material to add. Gotta keep it fresh.

  4. mjhutmkr - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    The Twin will stink again with another 100+ loss season.

    Should’ve never signed Mauer to his insane contract with a no trade clause.

    Meet the Kansas City Royals replacement as the AL Central bottom dweller for next 5-10 years.

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