Showdown: Who will win the AL East?

Show Down SlideWho will win the AL East?

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Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay is the choice, but it’s a slim margin. They have all the pieces to win this division. 1. They had a 90 win season last year, only to miss the playoffs (the tigers won the central with 88 wins). And most of those 90 games were without the great Evan Longoria! If he stays healthy, they win the division last year. They have been to the world series, and have a magician in Madden as a manager. This team is use to winning, talented enough to win, and expects to win… why other teams in the AL East ‘hope’ to win.Pitching is obviously the key for the Rays, David Price the reigning Cy Young winner is amazing leading the Majors in ERA last year. With Jeremy Hecllickson, and Matt Moore they have a young and the best top 3 in all of baseball. Lets not forget the secrete weapon of Fernando Rodney the elite closer who went 48 of 50 last year. This teams pitching will make game shorter, they only have to win 2 or 3 innings to win most games.Hitting is the concern, but again it was good enough last year for 90 wins without Longoria. They have upgraded their hitting at short stop and first base with Yunel Escobar and James Loney, they are not amazing hitters but good enough. Not to mention the major upgrade of Kelly Johnson at second. This team will have more than enough offense to give their pitching wins. And lets not forget, they added maybe the best prospect in all of baseball in Wil Myers. With Longoria, Jennings and now Myers you have a POTENT 3 bats that can hit for average and power. While the staff keeps throwing up zeros… It will be close, it’s the AL east, but the Rays experience and talent take the division this year. Toronto is poised, for the first time in years, to be the front runner for the division. It seems like for so long New York and Boston ruled a division of doormats, who’s only jobs were to practice the perennial ALCS teams, but despite losing their manager via trade to the Red Sox, the Blue Jays are almost too legit. Too legit to quit.On paper, Toronto bolstered both their bats and their pitching by making one of the largest trades in franchise history. How they picked up All-Star Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buerhle while maintaining most of their starting lineup is beyond me. To put Encarncion, Reyes, and Lawrie on the same infield might be the strongest, most balanced infield in the league. But then we add the speed provided by the outfield hitters and we are looking at a VERY dangerous team. Oh I’m sorry, did I forget Bautista? My mistake.Now to pitching. On the squad we have R.A. Dickey, reigning NL Cy Young winner, leading a charge of potent pitching. Josh Johnson is slated as the fourth starter, but if he steps up like he has shown flashes of in the past, he would have no problem being the team’s ace. Bringing in 4 new pitchers moved 4 starters from last year’s team into the bullpen. We’re looking at a team that could one-two punch almost every night with combos like Dickey-Romero, or Happ-Drabek. I’m not sure about other AL East fans, but I’m currently more afraid of what the “Great White North” has built more than any other team in the MLB, much less our division.

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