Who's the favorite in the East? Toronto
Who has the most pressure to win in the now? Toronto
Who's the team in the East with the least amount of pressure to contend? Boston
Who's the team most likely to open the year "hot"? How knows...Last year it was the O's..
Who will be there in the end...Tampa & New York
Who will win the East...The team that plays best within the division and wins north of 93 games...
Today on paper the Jay's & Rays look to be the best team with the Yank's right on thier heals...both the O's and Sox have the ability to be in the mix too...As I said last month...it's a division of attrition and all 5 teams are in the mix and it's a 5 team race for 2nd place and a plus 90 win season which should be enough to be in the mix for the Division & one of the Wildcards...
If the Sox play .500 ball in the month of April, they'll have done well given thier schedule...A couple of games either way won't make or break the season. You can't win the divsion in April, but you can severly hamper your cause...The last team to go wire to wire was the 1984 Tigers who never spent 1 day in 2nd place on thier way to a World Series.
In the end, if they want to keep the sharks at arms length, it's all about how they play the game and the tenor of the clubhouse early on. Hopefully the drama that was the clubhouse and the insessant infighting will be replaced by professionalism and that will manifest itself on the field and the Sox come to play everyday. Win, lose or draw if each of the players and the management team both on the field and in the front office speak with one voice and all are committed to the success of the team...I'll be more than happy to lend my support and root, root, root for the home team.
Let the games begin and may the best team win...It's a long and winding road between the begining of camp and the seasons end in October...Hope springs eternal and wait til next year is fast approaching for every fan of the game...