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Quick AL predictions
March 30, 2012 - Zach Baker
Here are my favorites for the American League this year:
AL East 1. New York Yankees- I hate the Yankees. But they'll probably win the division then lose in the first round again, which is something we can all look forward to.
2. Tampa Bay Rays- Joe Maddon is the best manager in the league, Carlos Pena is back and that pitching staff looks solid.
3. Boston Red Sox: Remember the Website Jump the Shark? Basically, the site would pinpoint when TV shows started going downhill. Years from now, people will remember the hiring of Bobby Valentine as the moment the Red Sox' franchise started to fall apart.
4. Toronto Blue Jays: Love the new/old uniforms, think John Farrell is going to be a good manager. And in any other division, this team would compete. But right now, it's going to be tough.
5. Baltimore Orioles: For goodness sake, George Harrison's song on his "Somewhere in England" album had more staying power than this team.
AL Central 1. Detroit Tigers: Verlander. Fielder. Cabrera. Inge. OK, that last one was sarcastic. But this will be one of the best teams in the AL, barring a 1-2-3 Kid over Razor Ramon-like upset.
2. Minnesota Twins: Do you ever remember the Twins having back-to-back bad seasons under Ron Gardenhire in the last decade?
3. Chicago White Sox: Konerko's still there. Pitching staff is suspect and the manager has never managed, ever. But there's enough talent to be competitive, especially if Adam Dunn remembers to show up this year.
4. Cleveland Indians: The team wasn't .500 last year, finished well under .500 after the All-Star break. Then they did pretty much nothing to make the team better in the offseason. I am a big fan of Jason Kipnis, but there just isn't much else to get me excited.
5. Kansas City Royals: I can see them finish as high as third, and they could be really good in a few years.
AL West 1. Texas Rangers: If Ron Washington doesn't win AL Manager of the Year, I will probably do nothing. But I won't like it, all the same.
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Parts Unknown: They will regret the Pujols contract eventually, just not this year.
3. Seattle Mariners: Say this for Eric Wedge's teams: they are rarely in last place.
4. Oakland A's: I hate Moneyball.
Wild Card winners: Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Little Old Lady from Pasadena.
American League Champions: Texas Rangers.
In closing, I hate Moneyball.
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