Re: Predict the AL East standings for 2013 :)m
posted at 2/2/2013 10:52 AM EST
In response to carnie's comment:
All the talk about Toronto kind of reminds me of all the best team ever talk before the 2011 season. But they'll always be the Blow Jays to me. Just sayin'...
I totally agree on Toronto,
Boston? 88 and 74, I still see competing for the division with good health. Why? just a hunch because I don't see anyone dominating in our division and we have just enough talent. With That said I still feel the Tigers will be the team to beat in 2013. We are still one big bat and SP or two away from being a championship calibar team again.
The Orioles? 87 and 75, they had an amazing year last season and should continue to play well off the but I still think Boston is better even with their patch work lineup.
The Yanks? 86 and 76, Jeter will be interesting to watch coming off the injury and age limitations at SS. Regardless, he will always be one of my favorite players. I think the ARod situation becomes a huge distraction but if the Yanks can get out of his contract and dump some salary before 2014 pickings should be pretty good on the FA market. I would never count these guys out.
Toronto? 83 and 79, with a new manager and inconsistent pitching I still see an average team. Did they make a few decent moves? Sure, but I don't see this changing their makeup all that much even if Bautista has a great year.
Tampa? 80 and 82, I predicted this before and have been dead wrong but I truly believe 2013 is the year the bottom finally falls out of their boat even with Maddons leadership and young talent. Pitching and close game wins have always been their strength but I think after almost reaching that WC level through a lot of smart draft picks and luck they begin to fall at an alarming rate.