Who Will Win What- My 2009 A.L. East Predictions

Wow, that was quick. I already stumped you guys. The question was, “Who was the first man to bat for the American League in an All-Star game.” The answer was Ben Chapman. I only had one guy guess! Come on guys! At least try!

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I just got back from my baseball game and we got killed. Anyway since today was the first game of spring training I thought I would give you my standing predictions.
A.L. East

1- Red Sox, 98-64, Boston has it all; ton of pitching, sluggers, fielders, prospects, and chemistry. Chemistry wins championships. You can have guys that stink but have great chemistry and you  can have guys you are all all-stars but no chemistry. Guess you would win? Thats right, the bad team with chemistry. Big Papi, Josh Beckett, and Jason Varitex will all have comeback years and lead Boston to first place in the American League East. Big Papi will have another Big Papi season hitting 45 home runs. Look for Jason Bay to have a great year. I mean how will playing with the Red Sox for a full season not help? 
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2- Yankees, 96-66 Just like I said it before chemistry wins championships. Money can not buy a championship. The Yankees need to figure out who will be in the outfield. The only lock in the outfield is Johnny Damon is going to be in left field. Will Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady platoon in right? What will Brett Gardner do? Another question is the catcher. Is Posada healthy? Will Kevin Cash even be in the majors? Then the biggest question is how will Alex Rodriguez fare? Will all the steroids talk go to his head? Or will he have another A-Rod type season and hit his 600th carer home run? No one knows. 
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3-Rays, 94-68, The Rays are now playing with every ones eyes on them. Evan Longoria is probably going into a sophomore slump and B.J. Upton will be pitched more carefully this year now that everyone knows how good he is. The Rays young pitching staff should improve. James Shields is one of the most underrated player in baseball and this season that will all change. Matt Garza also will be looked at more. Overall the Rays will almost stay the same, except for losing three more games from last year. For every negative there is a positive. They just do not have the money to keep up with the Red Sox and Yankees.
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4-Orioles, 75-86, The Orioles aren’t ready yet by will be soon. They have young talent and have a few veterans. If they do want to compete they need a few more veterans. Maybe go out and try to get Ken Griffey Jr. or they could go get Pedro Martinez. The biggest reason the Orioles will compete in maybe 2010 is due to catching prospect Matt Wieters. Wieters has not even played a major league game and is being compared to Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, and Carlton Fisk. Wieters should start this season. Greg Zaun should be the backup catcher and if Wieters for some reason can not handle major league pitching then Zaun can step back in.
5- Blue Jays, 70-92, The Blue Jays had a bad offseason. They lost A.J. Burnett to the Yankees and Vernon Wells is out for a while. Alexis Rios should have a better year then last season maybe hitting thirty home runs. Roy Halladay should have yet another fantastic season maybe even winning twenty games. Lastly Travis Snider and Adam Lind should have a good year possibly having his breakout year. Now to the negatives. Behind Roy Halladay the Blue Jays rotation is to things. It is a big fat question mark and they stink. No one really knows how Matt Clement will fit in with the team. Probably he will be the fifth guy. The other negative you might ask? There are few positives.

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Programing Note- Look for more predictions to come during spring training and tomorrow look out for a recap of the Red Sox versus Twins game.
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Now to today’s question. When Connie Mack retired as manager of the Athletics following the 1950 season, who replaced him? Hopefully I will get more then one answers for this one.
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2- tomseasoltz.wordpress.com
3- ballhype.com
4- oriolesstrength.com
5- kristopherkrawiec.mlblogs.com
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12 comments

  1. Lissi

    Trivia: Jimmy *****!

    I like your predictions. I really like what you said about chemistry. It is so true. Money can’t buy everything the Rays proved that last year. I do think the Red Sox are the team to beat in the AL East. Hey maybe we’ll have a 2007 rematch this year: Indians vs. Red Sox. I hope it turns out differently if we do. 😉
    Melissa
    http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

  2. Orangebird

    First of all I’m not insane when I say this: The O’s will be this years RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With means Bob’s placement is 3 places off. Does the manager’s last name rhyme with itch or fire truck? For logos go to the logo website on my blog.
    orangebird
    sec 360

  3. scofid

    While I think the Orioles have a good young talent base, I’m not sure they’re ready to overtake the Blue Jays yet. Toronto, despite the offseason losses, is still a good club. But who knows? Stranger things have happened, and if it does, you can say it would said here first!

    Scott
    http://fotr.mlblogs.com

  4. Elizabeth D

    Bob,
    Interesting analysis of all of these teams. First place is up in the air, it’s incredible– baseball is going to be so great to watch this year, but it’s not like it wasn’t before :). Glad to hear your baseball team is killing. The high school baseball team lost a game 27-0. We have two great pitchers though, both in my grade, and both never shut up about the Red Sox lol. But, one of them has a brother in the minors!
    -Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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