1. Tampa Bay Rays— 97-65
The Rays are too good not to win the division. They have what every team wants, young talent. That seems to be the way to go these days. Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson will collide with veterans like Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena to have a great season.
2. New York Yankees— 93-69
Due to the lack of injurys, I’m going with the Yankees over Red Sox for second place. It seems at every single position they have atleast a solid if not star player. The pitching is looking good too. This veteran team will once again make the playoff push.
3. Boston Red Sox— 83-79
Well, atleast I put them ahead of the Blue Jays. Just because I have them in 3rd in the AL East, doesnt mean I expect over 90 wins. The Red Sox got a raw deal on Crawford because of his ability to get hurt evey week. However, the big issue I have with the Red Sox is their ability to beat the other powerhouse teams. We saw last year they didn’t make the playoff cut. I didn’t see much improvment in the offseason, and alot more from other competitors. Once again, they’re lucky to beat the Blue Jays.
4. Baltimore Orioles— 79-83- I think this year is going to be a big stip in the right direction for this club. Much like the Royals, they have good prospects waiting to come up. In fact, this year won’t even be that bad for them (I’m thinking breakout year for Wieters). Just wait till Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy get there, then they will really compete.
5. Toronto Blue Jays— 75-87
What else can you say other than same old, same old. The team is good, but won’t make the playoffs with these players.
1. Detroit Tigers— 99-63
Think of the 2012 Tigers as the Brewers of last year, but in the easiest division in baseball. Yep, they are going to explode this year with too much talent. They were already division fasvorites, but with Prince Fielder, the team is going to be extremely good. They better hope him and Cabrera stay healthy.
2. Kansas City Royals— 87- 75
The Royals are finally done of waiting for talent. Eric Hosmer is ready. Mike Moustakas is ready. The team is ready to win. The Royals have an nteresting quality that wouldn’t expect- defense. Alcides Escobar saves about 3 hits a game. Alex Gordon and Jeff Francouer have incredible arms, leading in outfield assists last year. Lorenzo Cain is fantastic center fielder. Add all that up and the Royals save about 1-2 runs a game. While Hosmer, Gordon, and Butler hit, the defense does it’s part. The Royals are going to beat up the lesser teams this year.
3 Chicago White Sox— 77-85
This season depends on the starting pitching. We know Konerko can hit and Rios and Beckham will back him up. However there number 1 starter is John Danks, who was 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA last year. I don’t see hiw they can be a contender with the pitching, but the hitting will keep them relevant.
4. Cleveland Indians— 75- 87
They have a good team this year, but they lack starpower. They have solid players, none are out of the ordinary, this will keep them relevant, but not a contender.
5. MInnesota Twins— 62- 100
I don’t know what happend with this team. Two years ago, they were the team to beat, winning back to back AL Central titles in 2009 and 2010. I suppose with former MVPs Morneau and Mauer contantly injured, that’s what kills the Twins. Other than those two, I have hardly heard of any players ont there tema there so bad.
1. Los Angeles Angels— 96- 66
Basically with Albert Pujols they’re an automatic playoff team. I predict they dominate this division even with the Rangers. They have much better pitching and hitting than Texas. They will win the division by atleast 5 games.
2. Texas Rangers
An off year for the Rangers, lack of youth and injuries will catch up with them. They are stilla good team, but the playoffs will be alot tougher this year.
3. Seattle Mariners—
They won’t contend, wait for Danny Hultzen
4. Oakland Athletics—
They won’t contend.