AL East Preview

The AL East is always an extremely tough division.  Last year the Red Sox won it but the Yankees almost went to the World Series.  We know the Yankees and Red Sox will be good but will the Rays, Blue Jays and Orioles also contend? Let’s take a look at each team:  


Baltimore Orioles 


2017 record: 75-87 

Notable additions: P Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner 

Notable subtractions: C Welington Castillo, P Wade Miley, P Jeremy Hellickson 

Projected lineup:  


3B    Tim Beckham 

2B    Jonathan Schoop 

SS    Manny Machado 

CF    Adam Jones 

1B    Chris Davis 

LF    Trey Mancini 

RF    Colby Rasmus 

DH    Pedro Alvarez 

C    Caleb Joseph 

Starting Pitching:  

Kevin Gausman 

Dylan Bundy 

Alex Cobb 

Andrew Cashner 

Chris Tillman  

Closer: Brad Brach 

Potential breakout: Dylan Bundy 

Potential bust:  Alex Cobb 

Projected record: 74-88 

The Orioles have a good offense but their entire season will depend on how their starting pitching goes.  If Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman have great years, the Orioles will contend for a playoff spot.  If they don’t, well good there always next year.  


Toronto Blue Jays 


2017 record: 76-86 

Notable additions: OF Curtis Granderson, OF Randal Grichuk, SS Aledmys Díaz, IF Yangervis Solarte 

Notable subtractions: Of Jose Bautista 

Projected lineup:  


LF    Curtis Granderson 

3B    Josh Donaldson 

1B    Justin Smoak 

RF    Randal Grichuk 

DH    Kendrys Morales 

C    Russell Martin 

SS    Yangervis Solarte 

CF    Kevin Pillar 

2B    Devon Travis 

Starting Pitchers 

1    Marco Estrada(R)  

2    Aaron Sanchez(R)  

3    Marcus Stroman(R)  

4    J.A. Happ(L)  

5    Jaime Garcia(L)  

Closer:  Roberto Osuna 

Potential breakout: Randal Grichuk 

Potential bust: Josh Donaldson 

Projected record: 82-80 

The Blue Jays might have the best rotation in the AL East and if the offense can be just good enough, they should contend for a wild card spot.  


Tampa Bay Rays 

2017 record: 80-82 

Notable additions: OF Denard Span, 3B Christian Arroyo, OF Carlos Gomez,  

Notable subtractions: 3B Evan Longoria, 1B Logan Morrison , 1B Lucas Duda , P Alex Cobb, P Steve Cishek, RF Steven Souza, OF Corey Dickerson, P Jake Odorizzi 

Projected lineup:  


LF    Denard Span 

3B    Matt Duffy 

CF    Kevin Kiermaier 

C    Wilson Ramos 

DH    Brad Miller 

RF    Juan Apodaca 

1B    C.J. Cron 

2B    Ryan Schimpf 

SS    Adeiny Hechavarria 

Starting Pitching:  

1    Chris Archer(R)  

2    Blake Snell(L)  

3    Jake Faria(R)  

4    Nathan Eovaldi(R)  

5    Matt Andriese(R)  

Closer:  Alex Colome(R)  

Potential breakout: Blake Snell 

Potential bust: Nathan Eovaldi 

Projected record: 78-84 

The Rays had a busy offseason, getting rid of many of their best players.  Did they have a fire sale?  Have they given up in 2018?  Not necessarily.  The Rays have a lot of talent in the minors that can step up and make an impact.  


New York Yankees 


2017 record: 91-71 

Notable additions: RF Giancarlo Stanton, 2B Neil Walker, 2B Brandon Drury 

Notable subtractions: IF Jose Devers, P Jorge Guzman, IF Starlin Castro 

Projected lineup:  


LF    Brett Gardner 

RF    Aaron Judge 

DH    Giancarlo Stanton 

C    Gary Sanchez 

1B    Greg Bird 

CF    Aaron Hicks 

SS    Didi Gregorius 

2B    Neil Walker 

3B    Brandon Drury 

Starting Pitching:  

1    Masahiro Tanaka(R)  

2    Luis Severino(R)  

3    CC Sabathia(L)  

4    Sonny Gray(R)  

5    Jordan Montgomery(L)  

Closer:       Aroldis Chapman(L)  

Potential breakout: Gleyber Torres 

Potential bust: Aaron Judge 

Projected record: 96-66 

The Yankees made the biggest move of the offseason by acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins.  Judge, Stanton and Gary Sanchez, might hit 150 home runs combined.  The hitting and bullpen are great, but will the starting pitching be good enough?  


Boston Red Sox 


2017 record: 93-69 

Notable additions: OF J.D. Martinez 

Notable subtractions: n/a 

Projected lineup:  


RF    Mookie Betts 

LF    Andrew Benintendi 

1B    Hanley Ramirez 

DH    J.D. Martinez 

SS    Xander Bogaerts 

3B    Rafael Devers 

2B    Eduardo Nunez 

CF    Jackie Bradley 

C    Christian Vazquez 

Starting Pitching:  

1    Chris Sale(L)  

2    David Price(L)  

3    Rick Porcello(R)  

4    Drew Pomeranz(L)  

5    Eduardo Rodriguez(L)  

Closer:  Craig Kimbrel(R)  

Potential breakout: Eduardo Nunez 

Potential bust: Xander Bogaerts 

Projected record: 92-70 

The Red Sox didn’t make the splash additions that the Yankees made, but acquiring J.D. Martinez will help their power numbers.  They were last in the AL in home runs.  This lineup is loaded and it’ll be between them and the Yankees for the division championship, just like it is every year.  

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