Tagged: American League

2010 American League Preview

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American League Preview

 

The American League is the better of the two leagues right
now.  It’s deeper, its lineups are better
and its pitchers are more dominant.  This
arrangement puts the AL 12 games above .500 as a whole with the AL East as
usual leading the way with three 90-win teams.

 

Here are my projected standings

 

AL East

 

 

Boston
Red Sox

96-66

New
York Yankees

95-67

1

Tampa
Bay Rays

90-72

6

Baltimore
Orioles

73-89

23

Toronto
Blue Jays

68-94

28

 

AL Central

 

 

Chicago
White Sox

86-76

Minnesota
Twins

85-77

1

Detroit
Tigers

79-83

7

Kansas
City Royals

68-94

18

Cleveland
Indians

66-96

20

 

AL West

 

 

Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim

86-76

Seattle
Mariners

85-77

1

Oakland
Athletics

82-80

4

Texas
Rangers

81-81

5

 

AL Wildcard

 

New
York Yankees

Tampa
Bay Rays

5

Seattle
Mariners

10

Minnesota
Twins

10

Oakland
Athletics

13

Texas
Rangers

14

 

This would give the Boston
Red Sox
the number one seed in the playoffs, followed by the New York Yankees at number 2, Chicago White Sox at number 3, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
fourth. 

 

ALDS 1

1.       Boston Red Sox

4.       Los Angeles Angels

In this hypothetical series, I think the Red Sox would get
the revenge they covet with a much deeper pitching staff and a slightly more
talented lineup.  The Angels aging stars
would show their decline and bow down in 4 games.  Boston
wins series 3-1

 

ALDS 2

2.       New York Yankees

3.       Chicago White Sox

 

In this series, the Yankees would be heavily favoured, but
if the White Sox rotation is healthy, I believe they can go toe-to-toe with
anyone’s in baseball.  I think Jake
Peavy, Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, and John Danks can outlast C.C. Sabathia,
A.J. Burnett, Javier Vazquez, and Andy Pettitte in a short series.  I give this one to the White Sox in a five
game dogfight. 

Chicago wins series
3-2

 

 

ALCS

1.       Boston Red Sox

3.       Chicago White Sox

These two rotations are the best in the AL and this series
would be one pitcher’s duel after another. 
The Red Sox ultimately have more experience and a deeper lineup and
would take the series in 6.

Boston wins series
4-2

 

For the second straight year, I’m picking the Boston Red Sox
to win the American League pennant. 
Hopefully this time it works out a little better for me.

 

AL MVP:

Evan Longoria,
TBR

Mark Teixeira,
NYY

Gordon Beckham,
CWS

 

AL Cy Young Award:

C.C. Sabathia,
NYY

Felix Hernandez,
SEA

Jake Peavy, CWS

 

AL Rookie of the Year:

Neftali Feliz,
TEX

Brian Matusz, BAL

Brett Wallace,
TOR

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’09 Preview — American League

AmericanLeagueLogo.jpgNow that I’ve reached the unofficial half-way point of the previews, I think it’s a good idea to give a quick overview of the American League as a whole.

The AL is still clearly the superior league with much less parody than the National League.  Here’s a look at what I think will be the final standings in the AL.

East

  • Boston              101-61
  • NY Yankees        95-67
  • Tampa Bay          86-76
  • Toronto                78-84
  • Baltimore             74-88

Central

  • Detroit                 91-71
  • Minnesota            87-75
  • Chi. White Sox     85-77
  • Kansas City         75-87
  • Cleveland             70-92

West

  • LA Angels           94-68
  • Oakland              78-84
  • Texas                 70-92
  • Seattle                62-100

The records above would indicate that the AL as a whole would finish 24 games above .500.  The Red Sox, Tigers, Angels and wildcard winning Yankees would advance to the post-season and with the rankings they would achieve by their records above would be matched up like this in the ALDS:

1. Boston
3. Detroit

2. LA Angels
4. NY Yankees

If this were to happen, I think that the Red Sox would be too strong for the Tigers, even though they’d put up a decent fight with that offense and the Yankees would be too much for teh Angels who once again won’t be as good as their record indicates.  Setting up an ALCS as such:

1. Boston
4. NY Yankees

The Red Sox pitching in a seven game series is just too strong; when you can run out Beckett, Daisuke, Lester, and Smoltz it doesn’t matter who you’re facing.  Red Sox in 6, making them the AL Champs for the 3rd time in 6 years.

Here’s how I think the awards will go down:

MVP — Miguel Cabrera, DET
Cy Young — Roy Halladay, TOR
Manager OTY — Jim Leyland, DET
Closer OTY — Jonathon Papelbon, BOS
Rookie OTY — Travis Snider, TOR

Stay tuned for the next 16 days as I will preview the National League starting with the Atlanta Braves tomorrow.