There’s rarely a boring day in the American League East, not just with the big names like Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Can another AL East club step out of these shadows and emerge as a World Series MLB Baseball Predictions contender?
Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox look like making the jump from worst team in the division last year to the top team, adding Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to a stacked lineup and boosting a great rotation with arms Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson. There is too little a true staff ace with this team, which could be remedied before the All-Star break.
New York Yankees: The Bronx Bombers might be that in nickname only with too little that familiar power in the lineup. They are going to have to play small ball this season, having an outstanding staff headlined by Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda and a heavy bullpen towing the load in the late innings.
Toronto Blue Jays: Things yet again looking forward for Toronto, but this spring training erased SP Marcus Stroman from the rotation and left OF Michael Saunders as a question mark for opening day. On paper, the Jays can contend with anyone. But they’ve rarely had their powerful lineup and promising rotation healthy at exactly the same time.
Baltimore Orioles: Some mainstays are gone in Baltimore, with Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis out of this lineup of some major pop. Batimore is looking to some returning young players and slugger Chris Davis to give them just enough offense so this serviceable rotation can tread water. Baltimore’s bullpen could also have a step back from last year’s outstanding service without run support.
Tampa Bay Rays: The departed Joe Maddon’s worth as a manager will undoubtedly be on full display in Tampa. The Rays not going to be good this seaosn, leaving a new core of players and another season of hoping 3B Evan Longoria can enjoy 160 games. Starters Alex Cobb and Chris Archer should keep Tampa Bay competitive at least several times a week.