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American League Win/Loss Predictions

 

 

CENTRAL
1. Tigers (96-66) – If Max Scherzer and Doug Fister can build on their 2012 campaigns, the Tigers will have the best starting rotation in baseball. Whether or not they can repeat as division champs will depend almost solely on whether rookie Bruce Rondon can successfully take over the closer’s role.

2. White Sox (83-79) – The loss of A.J. Pierzynski is inevitably going to leave a mark, both at the plate and behind the plate. But with a strong starting staff and a young and talented bullpen, the Sox appear to be the only team that have the talent to compete with the Tigers atop the Central.

3. Indians(81-81) – Cleveland ushers in the Michael Bourn era and ex-Boston skipper Terry Francona is now at the helm. If the Tribe can somehow find an ounce of talent in their pitching staff, there’s no reason to think they can’t make a last season push to continue playing into October.

4. Royals (76-86) – Kansas City has not made the postseason in 27 years, but GM Dayton Moore believes he finally made enough offseason moves to put his team back in contention. Offensively, they need guys like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to have bounce-back seasons to even think about a .500 record.

5. Twins (60-102) – The last two seasons in Minnesota have been miserable and now Ron Gardenhire finds himself sitting on the hot seat. There’s not a whole lot on offense outside of Mauer and Morneau. They will solely rely on their homegrown talent to get this ship turned around.


EAST
1. Blue Jays (94-68) – Toronto had a fantastic lineup last season, and it’s gotten even better with the additions of Reyes, Cabrera, and Bonaifacio. But with the Jays, it always comes down to whether or not they’ll get enough out of their pitching. Brandon Marrow and newly acquired Josh Johnson must stay healthy.

2. Yankees (91-71/ Wild Card) - It was a quiet offseason in the Bronx. They’ve always been in the mix for the big free agents, but instead the Pinstripers were the ones losing the talent. Age and injuries are now a huge concern and now there is no A Rod. Landing a Wild Card spot may even be a challenge.

3. Rays (87-75) – Every year, Tampa always seems to have an endless supply of starting pitchers. But their offense has been the quality of a Triple-A team, and the loss of B.J. Upton only makes things worse. Joe Maddon will certainly have his work cut out for him.

4. Orioles (86-76) – With future phenoms like Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy, the O’s may have one of the brightest futures in the game. Last season’s success seemed to include a lot of luck and a ton of late-inning heroics. Baltimore’s offense may not be so lucky this time around.

5. Red Sox (70-92) – Boston’s starting rotation was an absolute mess last season, and you can expect more of the same in 2013. John Lackey and Clay Buchholz need to pitch like front-line starters, but they’re just not. This division is just too strong top to bottom for the Red Sox to even stand a chance.


 

WEST

1. A’s (93-69) – Billy Beane made some outstanding deals in the offseason and now Oakland may have the deepest roster in baseball. Fortunately, Bob Melvin is an expert at making platoons work at virtually every position. The A’s are as good now as they were last year, and they’ll repeat as division champs.

2. Angels (91-71/ Wild Card) – They continue to spend the big bucks to try and get the Angels back into the playoffs. It’s hard not to like a lineup with the likes of Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton. But huge questions still loom over the back end of the rotation and the back end of the bullpen, especially with closer Ryan Madson and his history of injuries.

3. Rangers (85-77) – Josh Hamilton, Mike Napolis, and Michael Young are now gone, and they lost the battle for big-name free agents like Zach Grienke. Texas still has pretty good pitching, but they have lost a ton of power and it’s going to give the offense a whole new look. Not necessarily a better look.

4. Mariners (82-80) – Jack Z had a productive winter, acquiring several pieces (Morales, Morse, Ibanez) that will help the M’s score more runs. Plus, the walls at Safeco Field have been reconfigured. Bring in the walls all you want… it’s still not going to push this team over the A’s or Angels.

5. Astros (48-114) – The Astros begin their first year in the American League. But even with the DH, this team is a lost cause. The talent on the major league roster is nonexistent and the front office has made it their sole focus to improve the farm system. It’ll be 2-3 years before we can even discuss the possibility of Houston getting out of the cellar.

 

 

By: Kreg Miller
MLBcenter.com Staff Writer


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