Friday, April 2, 2010

AL Central Preview and Prediction

Moving on to the AL Central, just a few weeks ago, I thought that this division would belong to the Twins without any question, the Joe Nathan injury has brought some doubt to the division, however. I'm interested to see what the new home park does for the Twins as well.

Speaking of injuries to closers, Kerry Wood could be out for a while as well which doesn't bode well for the Indians, and he was one of the few good players on Cleveland.

Kansas City is still Kansas City, so the big question there might be which of the two, KC and Cleveland, end up at the bottom of the division.

Detroit has the makings of a good team, but they haven't been able to do anything since their meltdown in the World Series a few seasons ago. With some questions in the Minnisota bullpen, however, Detroit should definitely be in the running for the division.

Chicago has a pretty decent team as well, and will have Peavy for a full season to top their rotation. They have some pretty good young bats and should also compete throughout the year for the division crown.

Detroit Tigers

Minnisota Twins

Chicago White Sox

Kansas City Royals

Cleveland Indians

Tomorrow we move into the National League, beginning with the West!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

AL East Preview and Prediction Post

The AL East, much like the AL West should be an intriguing division, because, like the AL West, there are three teams that have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.

As has been the case for some time now, I think that two teams will make the playoffs from this division, so once again, a worthy team will be left out, the question is will it be the Rays, the Red Sox, or the Yankees.

I think the Rays are going to have another phenomenal season like the one that they had a couple of seasons ago which propelled them to the World Series.

The Red Sox could have the best rotation in the American League but their offense is fairly suspect.

The Yankees will have another very good offensive team and fairly good pitching.

Ultimately, I think the Yankees will be the team that gets left out, primarily because they won't be as hungry this year, and their pitching staff is an injury away from being terrible.

Tampa Bay Rays

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Baltimore Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AL WEST Preview and Prediction Post

It is getting to be that time, Opening Day is on Sunday, also known by many as Easter, featuring the Yankees and the Red Sox, and the majority of the rest of baseball will get going on Monday!

I will be at The Ballpark in Arlington for the Texas Rangers against the Toronto Blue Jays, making it the second consecutive year that I will be seeing Blue Jays baseball in opening week, and it will feature a return to Rangers opening day baseball, a tradition that I have only missed twice since the new Ballpark opened (and one of those times was last year when the Cubbies were in Houston, so I was there instead).

So, with baseball literally upon us, let's begin our previews and predictions starting with the AL West, the divisional home of the Texas Rangers.

The Angels have won this division going away for a number of years now, but due to losing a number of their offensive players as well as John Lackey coupled with the vast improvement over the last couple of seasons of the Rangers and the offseason improvement of the Seattle Mariners, I think that this is the season when the Angels finally reliquish control of the West.

I also think that this division will be the most exciting to watch in all of baseball, with it being at least a three team race, and possibly a race involving all four teams, throughout the majority of the season.

The Rangers offense won't struggle as much as it did at times last year, however, it also won't be the potent force that it has been in years past, however, the pitching for the Rangers looks to be a strong suit as young pitchers began to make some names for themselves and propell the Rangers into their first division title since (party like its) 1999.

The Mariners will finish 3 games behind the Rangers followed very closely by the Angels and the A's will finish within 7 games.

Final Record Predicitions

Texas Rangers

Seattle Mariners

Los Angeles Angels

Oakland Athletics

Tomorrow I will be back with a look at the AL East.