Your resident baseball expert awakens: AL
Despite the fact all that's discussed is steroids, a season is actually going to happen. I hope that the roid talk goes away soon, but I highly doubt it does. Nonetheless, I'm going to drop some predictions on you as if they were hot. I'm glad that in a couple of days we have a pro sport we can finally discuss again.
So basically you know the drill here: Red Sox or Yankees. The yanks rehauled their lackluster pitching staff and now have probably the best and deepest set of starters in baseball. However, I'm totally not sold on them. There's several injury concerns with some older players. If they stay healthy, then they're the team to beat.
1st: Boston Red Sox
Predicted record: 97-65
I think Wells will be a good enough replacement for Pedro and the offense is the best in baseball
Predicted record: 94-68
The race for this division will come down to the last week in all likelihood. I'm just too worried about injuries for this team over the long haul.
After these 2, there's just not much going on. By that, no one has any pitching.
Predicted record: 80-82
There is a lot of offense on this team. There is absolutely no pitching. That's a problem.
4th: Tampa Bay
Predicted record: 70-92
I think the Devil Rays get themselves out of the AL East cellar and into 4th place. YAY Devil Rays. The have a couple of good young players with Crawford and Huff, and Kazmir is gonna be a good one from the mound.
Predicted record: 68-94
Expect a better season from Halladay. V-We is the only offensive force on the team.
Predicted record: 88-74
Their offense is pretty weak. In fact, it's quite week. However, they pitch, fields, and run the bases very well. In this division, that's more than enough to win.
2nd: White Sox
Predicted record: 84-78
This team made several very nice moves giving them a pretty solid lineup and pitching staff. However, the bullpen looks pretty weak. Look for a mid-season trade from this team for a closer or quality set up man
Predicted record: 78-84
They just don't have quite enough yet. This team also screams massive let down. With several young players overachieving last year, I'm not sure if they can do it again. There's a lot of talent for hitting and pitching, but the bullpen is weak. One more year until they challenge.
Predicted record: 77-85
Don't be surprised if this team sneaks up and passes the tribe. They hitting is solid, the starting pitching is okay, and the bullpen is better than average. Completely mediocre is what to expect from this squad
5th: Kansas City
Predicted record: 63-99
Wow, is this team bad. When sweeney is out of the lineup, their best hitter is: Matt Stairs. Their opening day starter is: Jose Lima. Guh.
Today's blog challenge: Without looking!!
Can you name 2 more royals starting position players? (Starting rotation is also acceptable)
1st: Los Angeles? Angles
Predicted record: 92-60
Ok, so it's the angles and then everyone else. They have the best lineup and rotation in the division.
I have no idea what to do with the rest of the teams in this division. Each has potential to be solid and very bad. I'm just guessing from here out.
Predicted record: 79-83
Whatever. I'm so confused with this team. They look very mediocre with good potential at the plate.
Predicted record: 77-85
They don't look very good on paper, but they always perform. A lot of good young talent on this squad with Crosby leading the charge. Look for them to challenge next year.
Predicted record: 76-86
This team will hit. They will score bunches. So if, IF, the pitching is decent, they'll be .500, IF IF it's good, they could challenge for the division. However, I'd say the pitching will stink and they'll be around 10 under .500
So it looks like this for the playoffs
Red Sox vs. Twins
Yankees vs. Angels
I'll take the Red Sox over the Yanks to head back to the world series
AL MVP: Manny Ramirez - don't be surprised if he gets 160 RBI and a triple crown run
Runner-up: Vlad - he's just a monster
Darkhorse: Ichiro - he's the toughest out in baseball and probably should be the mvp