Wednesday, March 27, 2013

American League Preview & Predictions



1. Tampa Bay Rays

      James Shields loss should impact this team, however the Rays are excellent at 

      bringing up young arms to fill the spot. This ranking is based solely on the idea 
      that Evan Longoria can stay healthy over the course of a full season. I'm also 
      expecting big things from Desmond Jennings and Wil Myers.

2. Boston Red Sox

      Now this may be optimistic on my part (being a Sox fan and all), but I believe 

      having John Farrell back in town can only help this team. No more Valentine = no 
      more circus (hopefully). Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia need to stay healthy; 
      Lester and Buchholz need to step up as leaders; and big time impacts will be needed 
      from Rubby De la Rosa, Allen Webster and Jackie Bradley Jr. at some point 
      during the season for this prediction to hold true.

3. Toronto Blue Jays

      I'm not nearly as optimistic as everyone else on the Blue Jays. Big signings don't 

      always equal big time success. Three factors will play a large role in their win-loss 
      record this season... the health of Jose Bautista and Josh Johnson, and R.A. 
      Dickey being able to handle the move to the A.L. East.

4. New York Yankees

      An old, overpaid and injury riddled roster will cause the fall of the evil empire. This 

      team reeks of desperation after trading for an also washed up, overpaid Vernon Wells. 
      Their pitching could be their saving grace, but even that won't be enough.

5. Baltimore Orioles

     I didn't buy into them last year and the same applies this year. Baltimore didn't do 

     anything  to better their club over the winter, and I seem to agree with most people
     that they played over their heads last year.      


1. Detroit Tigers

      Having Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Justin Verlander will lead this team 

      much like last year. Throw in a healthy Victor Martinez to improve their lineup
      with a strong season from rookie closer Bruce Rondon and I expect them to 
      easily take the division.

2. Kansas City Royals

      The addition of James Shields, a 200 inning pitcher who thrived in the tough A.L. 

      East was a big coup. I'm expecting Alex Gordon and Billy Butler to continue 
      producing at a high level as well. However, the improvements from Eric Hosmer, 
      and Mike Moustakas  along with a full season  from Salvador Perez will push this
      team into playoff contention. 

3. Chicago White Sox

     Jake Peavy will put up another 200 IP and 200 K season, but it won't be enough 

     to carry this aging roster (see Adam Dunn, and Paul Konerko). 

4. Minnesota Twins

      Mauer, Morneau, and Willingham won't be enough offense to make up for the sub

      par pitching I expect from the staff. 

5. Cleveland Indians

      The Indians had a very aggressive off season, adding Swisher, Reynolds, Stubbs and
      Bourn. This team is relying on Ubaldo Jimenez being able to re-establish himself as 
      one of the better pitchers in baseball. I don't see the off season acquisitions or 
      Ubaldo Jimenez being able to deliver.


1. L.A. Angels

      Mike Trout. Mike Trout. Mike Trout... oh yeah and Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, 

      and Mark Trumbo. Is that enough offense for you? I thought so too as you can see 
      by the rankings. Throw in a pitching staff that includes the likes of Jered Weaver, 
      C.J. Wilson and Tommy Hanson (who I expect to have a bounce back season).
2. Texas Rangers

      Adding A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman but subtracting Josh Hamilton from 

      the lineup will cause the Rangers will lose their reign atop the A.L. West. Look for 
      Jurickson Profar to get called up at some point around mid season.

3. Oakland Athletics

      The Athletics will field a competitive team, but no one seriously believes they have 

      a shot at the division. They are lacking top name talents, and rely too heavily on 
      breakout candidates from last year in Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss. Yoenis 
      Cespedes is sure fun to watch though.

4. Seattle Mariners

      The additions of Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales will improve their offense, but 

      it won't be enough to take the Mariners seriously. 

5. Houston Astros

      If you like minor league baseball, look no further... the Astros are your team to watch.
      Roster = a mess! This could be a long rebuilding process. 


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1 comment:

  1. Check out my NL ranks here: