AL Eastern Division Picks



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American League - Eastern Division predictions

 

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

 

New York Yankees

This should be the New York Yankees year especially with the weak opening month schedule in 2019. The Bronx Bombers begin facing the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the first nine games before meeting the Houston Astros. They could very well jump start with a nine-game winning streak to open the season.

Despite losing powerful hitting shortstop Didi Gregorius to injury, the Yankees have power galore and will be tough for anyone to out-hit. Even the Boston Red Sox will have a little trouble catching the Yanks out of the gate.

Another factor is the signing of starting pitchers J.A. Happ and James Paxton. That will allow their extremely strong relief corps to stay effective in September. Last year they tailed off and were beaten in the playoffs. Their flamethrowers Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Chad Green will be strong at the end.

 

Boston Red Sox

Boston lost closer Craig Kimbrel and that will hurt immensely. Sure they have other pitchers to take up the slack, but over the course of a season can those other pitchers handle the daily pressure? It’s a big factor which leaves the Red Sox vulnerable.

Offensively they still possess a potent offense behind JD Martinez, Mookie Betts and the surprising Xander Bogaerts. Their lineup is a tough one and keeps them in the running. But their opening schedule is slightly difficult as they face West Coast teams Oakland, Seattle and the National League team Arizona before playing at home. It can leave them chasing the Yankees or can bolster their confidence. Health is another issue with starting pitchers Chris Sale, David Price and Nathan Eovaldi.

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay has stronger pitching than last year but can they surprise everyone like last year. Charlie Morton was signed away from Houston and will add his pitching prowess to go along with Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. One thing to look for is the health of Morton who tends to be injury prone.

The Rays have a lot of hitting but lost power with the departure of CJ Cron. That could hurt them in the end. It always helps to have a feared power hitter instead of all line drive hitters. They won’t be strong enough to compete with the Yanks and Red Sox but will be dangerous.

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays organization signed pitchers Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard and that will boost their starting rotation. The big question is if Shoemaker will remain healthy. So far he’s been unable to show that. Richard is an innings eater and the team will benefit. Offensively they are a solid team but lack depth. They will improve slightly but not enough to contend.

 

Baltimore Orioles

Poor Baltimore. Don’t expect the Baltimore Orioles to improve much but they should win more than 47 games. That’s right. They only won 47 games. All of their stars have departed including Adam Jones. The only recognizable Oriole is Chris Davis the once feared power hitter who signed a lucrative deal and has not hit since. This team needs everything and hopes some of their minor leaguers can contribute. They do have a decent bullpen but seldom need it.

 

 

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