Detroit Tigers: Five Bold Predictions for AL Central

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Mar 27, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws in the first inning during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox win 10 more games than 2014 and still finish fourth

Chicago won 73 games in 2014, so it might be difficult to win 83, meaning they finish four games above .500, and still be behind three other teams in the division. Could four teams post winning records in the AL Central during 2015?

For the purposes of our bold predictions, why not? Chicago added power hitting Adam LaRoche to be their DH, Jeff Samardzija to be the No. 2 starter behind Chris Sale and David Robertson as the team’s closer.

In the AL East last season, Tampa Bay finished in fourth place with 77 wins, just five away from a winning record while Baltimore won the division with 96 victories. It, however, won’t take 96 victories to win the AL Central this season; 90 wins is probably enough with those other six victories perhaps going to the fourth place team in this division.

What an exciting race it would be if four teams end up separated by just seven games.