March 25, 2013 2:01 PM by Wade Blogs
The Blue Jays have turned themselves from zeroes to potential heroes. But they have mainstays from the Marlins team that failed to live up to expectations. They already had Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Brandon Morrow; they added shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in a trade with the Marlins, then landed reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey from the New York Metropolitans. But as we saw with the Marlins in 2012, building a team like this is no path to success. Toronto added too many quality misses to their puzzle and they SHOULD win out.
Tampa Bay Rays:
The Rays are the same old Rays, young, vibrant, and top notch with arms. They have the best overall rotation in baseball, anchored by Cy Young winner David Price. But who is their offense when Evan Longoria isn’t playing or playing well? They may look at young slugger Wil Myers to step up and be a man about his.
New York Yankees:
The Yankees are over the hill and may be running out of mystique and aura to make a 162 game run. Injuries to Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira and possibly Derek Jeter will not help them – but they are the Yankees. They have a knack for having someone step up when you least expect it. The pitching will be great and the saving grace of this year. It depends on Tampa Bay whether or not the Yankees make the playoffs.
Boston Red Sox:
The Red Sox are trying to compete in a very very tough division in midst of a pseudo rebuilding campaign. They shipped out a lot of their stars and the remaining stars need to stay healthy for a chance to compete. Don’t be surprised if they are in complete rebuilding mode by June and play the kids to get them at bats and innings. Tons of prospects and they should have a bright future to come
The Orioles were the surprise team of 2012, making a shocking playoff run bringing the Yankees to Game 5. You need to see how players like Matt Wieters and Adam Jones and prospects like Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy develop after a taste of the playoffs. The future is bright in Baltimore.
Predicted standings for the AL East:
- Toronto Blue Jays – x
- Tampa Bay Rays – y
- New York Yankees
- Boston Red Sox
- Baltimore Orioles
x = clinched division | y = clinched playoff berth