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