The privilege of calling Cano one of my favorite Yankees might have ripped from under me, hence the Seattle Mariners uniform he will be sporting for the next decade, but that won’t stop me from always being his fan.
Regardless of not knowing the details, it was clear there was some bad blood between Cano and the Yankees front office.
Thanks to the $438 million dollars spent by the New York Yankees in the off-season, the AL East is back to being the most competitive division in baseball once again.
Predicting the division where your favorite team resides is tough for any fan because it hits at an emotional level, but I tried to be optimistic as a Yankees fan.
But truth be told, 2014 in the AL East will be dominated by Yankees Captain Derek Jeter’s farewell tour, which will certainly make all those Yankees haters blood boil.
Ok, ok, ok… let me get to my prediction of what the AL East will look at the end of the 2014 regular season:
2014 AL East Predictions
*Boston Red Sox
**New York Yankees
**Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
*Division Winner **Wild Card
Boston Red Sox – Losing Jacoby Ellsbury will hurt, but the defending World Series Champs have plenty of firepower to take the AL East again. What puts Boston ahead of the rest is pitching depth. As the Red Sox have a solid rotation with Lackey, Doubront, Buchholz, Peavy and Lester, but also Boston is home to one of the nastiest bullpens in the Bigs. This team is all around tough, and adding A.J. Pierzynski behind the dish to replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia will play out perfectly. The Champs will continue to govern their division in 2014, but it won’t be as easy as last season. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: AL East’ »
Well, I think the AL Central might turn into baseball’s modern day version of the famous tale.
Here is how I think the 2014 AL Central will look at season’s end:
2014 AL Central Standings
*Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals – It is good to be Royal, as this young team comes out of the gutter this season. KC will win a ton of close games, thanks to an unstoppable bullpen, and stellar defense. This along with a lot of gritty play by Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer, and the Royals will finally get rewarded. No doubt it will be a dogfight till the finish, but the Royals are primed and ready to be the divisional champs. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: AL Central’ »
When considering the powerhouses in the East and Central, the West looks to be the weakest division in the American League in 2014.
But, mediocrity does not have to lack competition, and the AL West will feature a four-team race for the division for sure. The only sure thing is the Houston Astros will firmly keep their hold of the division’s basement.
Here is my prediction of how the AL West will look at the end of the 2014 season:
2014 AL West Perdicitions
Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics – The A’s won 96 games in 2013, so it would be stupid to bet against them in 2014. The A’s boost a legit young pitching staff, and a good bullpen that will turn great in May when Eric O’Flaherty returns. The offense can hit too with four players smacking 22+ homers last season. Plus the A’s have depth to withstand inevitable minor injuries. While Oakland doesn’t stand out in one particular area, they also don’t stink in one either. But the key to the A’s is they know how to win, and that is the point right? Welcome to Moneyball. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: AL West’ »