My Full American League Preview

Well the MLB season is here. The Miami Marlins lost to the defending champion Cardinals in the first game of the season(no, I don’t count the Tokoyo games). So with that, I present my MLB season review. The NL and playoff/award portions of my preview will come shortly.

AL East

1. New York Yankees
2. Tampa Bay Rays
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles

Even though the Yankees lost Michael Pineda I still think they are the team to beat this season in the AL East and maybe all of baseball. They have a good rotation for the first time in awhile and a good lineup that will get them runs. While the Yankees have a good rotation, the Rays have one of the best. They have a real deep rotation from David Price to Jeremy Hellickson. They also have great speed in their lineup and will get their first full season from Desmond Jennings. They brought back Carlos Pena to give them some hitting in the middle of the lineup along with Evan Longoria. The Red Sox have too many holes to contend in a tough division this year but I expect them to stay in the race for the whole year. The Blue Jays are a good young team but won’t have a chance of making the playoffs in this division. They will be over .500 though, which can’t be said for the Orioles who are in for another awful season.

AL Central

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Kansas City Royals
3. Cleveland Indians
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Chicago White Sox

With the reigning Cy Young and MVP Justin Verlander, the Tigers were already in good shape. Adding Prince Fielder to go along with Miguel Cabrera with be one of the best 1-2 hitting duos in the league. The Royals seem to be everyone’s pick to be a surprise team this year but if Eric Hosmer can improve on his great rookie season they’ll be in a good position. The Indians have some nice pieces but not quite enough to be a contender. I’d look for Shin Soo-Choo to have a bounce back year though. The Twins have fallen a lot in the past couple of years. Besides Joe Mauer(who is starting to show signs of aging) and Justin Morneau(who has battled with concussion problems for two years), the Twins don’t have much. Speaking of not having much, the White Sox are rebuilding and won’t make any noise in Robin Ventura’s first year as manager.

AL West 

1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Texas Rangers
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners

With the addition of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, the Angels were the immediate front runner in the AL West over the defending AL champ Rangers. While I don’t think Pujols will play well throughout his whole new contract, I think he’ll be able to give them a pretty good year. With Wilson joining Jered Weaver in the rotation, their rotation is immediately one of the best. The Rangers brought in Yu Darvish in the offseason but with  no guarantee how he’ll perform, the Rangers season is a huge question. If Darvish has a good season though the Rangers could get a wild card. The A’s brought in the top Cuban prospect, Yoenis Cespedes, but they’re far from contention. The same goes for the Mariners, who may finally unload Felix Hernandez. The team they have right now isn’t going to contend and flipping king Felix for some good young prospects would be the best move they could make.

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