American League Predictions: UCB March Project

 

Posted by JE Powell

Every March the United Cardinal Bloggers’ Monthly Project deals with predictions. You can see mine from last year here, though I wasn’t very accurate. I will do my best to be better this year, though. And maybe I will be because of the extra Wild Card round. At least for who makes it in, I suppose, not necessarily in what order they finish. Also, I refrained from making final record predictions this year because I just wanted to predict the division standings. So, here goes.

AL Central

  1. Detroit Tigers–Adding Price Fielder will make them an even better team over last season. A team that won 95 games.
  2. Cleveland Indians–If the movie Major League taught us anything it is not to count the Indians out.
  3. Kansas City Royals–Young team with up and comers. Should be an interesting year.
  4. Minnesota Twins–I picked them to win the division last year and they finished last. Health has been an issue. Probably will continue to be.
  5. Chicago White Sox–New manager, lost Mark Buehrle and have lost other key players. Looks like a rebuilding year.

AL East

  1. New York Yankees–It’s hard to pick against them to win the division.
  2. Boston Red Sox–Bobby Valentine should bring a little more discipline to the team and that should improve an otherwise good team.
  3. Tampa Bay Rays–Good team, but Red Sox should be improved, so it knocks the Rays down a peg, so to speak.
  4. Toronto Blue Jays–Languished around .500 most of last season and probably will this year, too.
  5. Baltimore Orioles–This is the Orioles. No reason to think they aren’t. Last place.

AL West

  1. Texas RangersI am picking them to finish first, just on principle. I am (admittedly) still a little bitter about the whole Pujols ordeal (despite my previous posts).
  2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim–Improved with the additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. But I cannot let myself pick them to finish first, again, based on principle.
  3. Seattle Mariners–Probably better than last year.
  4. Oakland A’s–They are trying to move to San Jose and have traded away several promising young pitchers. This team is not going to very good.

I fully admit that some of these picks are a little biased, but dammit, I just cannot bring myself to pick the Angel’s. But there you have it, a letter opener*, er, I mean my picks.

*See Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie to get this reference.

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