The Toronto Blue Jays should file a complaint to the head office of the MLB, saying “It is not fair, that every year, no matter how hard we try, these other AL East teams just kick our butts, even in the off season! Please remove us from this blood thirsty division!” Seriously… Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, and now, in what is my suprise team, the Orioles! This division just got way more interesting! In what is my first divisional breakdown of 2011!
WARNING! WARNING! Blood thirsty animals in next few paragraphs! WARNING!
Teams are listed in no specific order
The New York Yankees: Two years ago, the Yankees won the World Series, their 27th title. Henceforth, every team always needs to look out for the Yankees, and writers can always believe it might be their year. I believe not. Unless they make some big move, frankly signing Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon is not enough in my eyes, I don’t think this team will be running the tables. With an infield, of Jeter, Cano, Rodriguez, and Big Tex, they are most definitely still a contender, albeit in this division, you need pitching. Do the Yankees have that pitching? Its too hard to tell, CC Sabathia will be great, AJ Burnett, they hope, will pitch in a bit more this year, Phil Hughes is my favorite young pitcher, he will, but Pettite retired, leaving the unproven Brackman and Nova in the four and five spots…. This is a team we will just need to wait… and see with .
The Boston Red Sox: A team who really didn’t pick it up ’till late in the season, the Red Sox are my early pick to win this division. With pitching coming from Jon Lester, and four other guys who have been inconsistent the past few years…. they have as good as shot as any. Per Se, John Lackey had 14 wins last year, which is not bad at all, albeit if there is a week spot in their rotation its Lackey. Josh Beckett is now their number three guy, and believe me, he will be a 15 win plus pitcher this season, now that hes finally healthy I bet he returns to full form this year! Daisuke Matsuzaka! I will have a feature on him in the coming two weeks, because he will be the comeback player of the year this year, and with Buchholz as their five guy, the Red Sox should strike fear in the American League. With possibly the best outfield in the league, the signing of Carl Crawford solidifies the Sox chance of winning it all this year, Ellsbury should have a heck of a season, and JD Drew always suprises me with how much power he shows. If they stay healthy, the Red Sox will win it all.
The Toronto Blue Jays: A team that went over .500 last year, has absolutely no shot at that this year. As I said, you need pitching in this division, and I don’t think Romero and the Blue Jays quite have that yet. Their winning-est pitcher on depth chart didn’t put up 15 wins last year, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can score enough runs or not. Aaron Hill may be the best second baseman in the league, but with nobody in their lineup hitting over .284, I just don’t see them outscoring the other team. However, they are younger than a few other teams in this division, so in a few years… who knows?
The Tampa Bay Rays: They won the division last year on young talent, and now their depending on inconsistent veterans to win games for them…. This team is not going to be anywhere near as good as the Rays were the past two years. Their bullpen certainly does not look fearsome to me, but, Price and Shields do. It depends on how the other three picture in the rotation perform, if they perform well, this team may be as good as last year’s if not… then complete disaster! Longoria is great, and he’s still on this team, but the rest of their infield doesn’t pose a threat to any pitcher at all…. Will Ramirez and Damon perform well? That seems to be the huge question out in Tampa right now, and I don’t even know the answer… Im guessing they do OK, contrary, what do I know? Much like the Yankees, this is a team I am unsure about, heck, they traded Garza… to the Cubs!
The Baltimore Orioles: In what is my suprise team this year, I believe they have a outfield that is under par! Not an Oriole, an Eagle! These guys, Pie, Jones, and Markakis, hit for a outstanding average, as well as power, Markakis and Jones are amazing! Adam Jones, is a player I’m very high on, he only hit 19 home runs last year, albeit this guy can go deep, or just get a single, every single time he steps to the plate! Also looking good, is the corners of their infield, Derek Lee (acquired from the Cubs), and Mark Reynolds, are in the top ten at their position. If Lee stays healthy, the possibilities are endless for this team! A big signing, Duchscherer could really help out what is an unproven pitching staff. A second year player, Matt Wieters, is possibly the most promising catcher in baseball, already being compared to that of Yogi Berra, and he’s a player you must watch out for, he can go deep, and he hits for average! How bout them Orioles!?
To wrap up this segment, I guess I have to make some form of a prediction… so here goes nothing.
AL EAST Standings:
- Red Sox (95 Wins)
- Yankees (89 Wins)
- Orioles (88 Wins)
- Rays (83 Wins)
- Blue Jays (64 Wins)
I might change the prediction after the 25 man roster is officially formed, thanks for reading! Vote on the poll!