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AL Predictions

April 8, 2009

americanleague460The American League can always be tricky. You never know what could happen. No one really plays small ball, the DH throws people off, and defense usually comes last while building a team. This year should be an interesting and fun year for the American League.

The AL East will once again have the Yanks and the Bo Sox contending in the top spot. However the rolls are a little reversed this year. The Red Sox have those veterans that are suppose to prop them up in the long run. John Smoltz and the ageless one Tim Wakefield in the rotation. Meanwhile the Yanks are going to have to rely on Cody Ransom, the unproven journeymen, and Brett Gardner in center. I love Gardner’s upside but lets just say he isn’t Mickey Mantle.    I do believe that this is the Rays division to win. They have what is basically the same team coming back off of last years World Series appearance except they added Pat Burrell from the Phillies. If they stay healthy and the young guys,Scott Kazmir, Matt Garza and Evan Longoria play to form they are dangerous.

The American League Central should be interesting. First off, if there is a more entertaining manager then Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox I don’t know who he is. I want them to squeeze it out just so I can see him in October. I think this is the Indians division to win. Grady Sizemore and Cliff Lee (he will come around) are 2 of the best players in baseball.

The AL West is weak over all. I do think that the Angels are too severely weakened with the loss of Mark Texiera and Fransisco Rodriguez to win the division. The A’s with the additions of Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi are ready to take over that division and head to the playoffs.

That is it for now I will be back shortly with more on the American League.