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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.
So because you "don't see anyone dominating the division", that's going to propel boston from worst to first?
You see the rays "pitching and close games" having the "bottom fall out" despite the fact that they have proved to do it year in and year out. On the other hand you see the orioles pitching and close games to continue to play well despite the lack of a track record of doing so.
Boston or the Yankees can win this division on decent pitching and veteran leadership alone if things fall into place.
Tampa had the good fortune of building a solid young team from top/wel thought out draft picks after being everyones door mat for years. They came close but in my opinion will never have the fan support or money to keep them in Tampa. I think we have seen their best years pass them by under the present ownership.
The Orioles I see being that upcoming Tampa team of a few years ago. Boston could be next if our prospects are as good as some feel they could be. We also have the fan support and money to recover and/or regain the success more quickly than a team likeTampa.