The American League should be a two team race between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Look for a good season from the Toronto Blue Jays, and a return to bottom dwelling for the Tampa Bay Rays.
New York Yankees 98-64
They did not land Cliff Lee, or any major free agent during the off season. The Yankees still have Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeria in the line-up, and should score runs in bunches. The starting rotation is solid with ace C.C. Sabathia the anchor and Phil Hughes coming off his best season in the majors. If A.J. Burnett figures things out, and the front office makes a move this season the Yankees could be playing in the World Series.
Boston Red Sox 97-65
The Red Sox will have to rely on their line-up to win games for them this season, and the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez should ease doubts in Boston. If Josh Beckett returns to form the Red Sox will have one of the best rotations in baseball. Worries about Jonathan Papelbon and the rest of the bullpen could derail championship hopes. It should be a dog fight between the Red Sox and Yankees for the American League East title.
Toronto Blue Jays 89-73
Poor Toronto. They could contend in almost any division in baseball this season, but will end up finishing third and out of the playoffs. They may not have the offense of New York or Boston, but they have a rotation that is close to the division leaders. Toronto does have some star players, and a couple prospects that could make the Blue Jays a contender in a couple seasons.
Tampa Bay Rays 81-81
The list of players moving out of Tampa Bay is long. The bullpen was decimated, the team traded a proven starter in Matt Garza and Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena left in free agency. Evan Longoria and David Price are still in Tampa Bay, but it will be a long season at Tropicana Field. Which will give Tampa Bay “fans” another reason to not attend any games.
Baltimore Orioles 74-88
In July of last season Buck Showalter was named the manager of the Orioles and the team responded by finishing the season 57-34. That is an incredible feat with the roster that was in Baltimore. The team added some veteran bats this off-season and are hoping the youngsters can make progress at the plate and on the mound. Baltimore will be an interesting young team to watch this season, and could be a surprise.
AL East MVP: Carl Crawford, OF, Boston
AL East Cy Young: C.C. Sabathia, SP, New York
AL East ROY: Kyle Drabek, SP, Toronto
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