July 8: The current odds reflect exactly how tight this branch still is. The five teams are separated by just 4.5 games.
June 26: The Cubs still have the branch’s best odds, but for how long? Chicago has only a 1 game lead over Milwaukee and has dropped five of its final 10 games.
June 14: The Cubs and Brewers are gaining separation. Milwaukee holds a one-game lead over Chicago, and a five-game lead over third-place St. Louis. The odds that are updated reflect the Cardinals’ deficit.
June 3: The Central is the tightest division in all of baseball. The Brewers have surged, and they hold a 1.5-game lead in the standings while pulling even with all the Cubs in the peak of the chances.
May 22: The Cardinals are fading fast. Their divisional chances have shrunk from +140 on May 6th to +380 on May 22nd.
May 6: The Cubs come back atop the AL Central thanks to an impressive seven-game winning streak against the Cardinals, Mariners and Diamondbacks.
March 13: The Cubs have pulled ahead of the Cardinals and Brewers from the narrowest of margins. Oddsmakers are relying upon bounceback seasons from All-Stars Kris Bryant and Yu Darvish, both of whom struggled with injuries in 2018.
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