American League Early Reactions

We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.

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Tampa Bay Rays 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap:  68-94, Last in the AL East. It was a rough 2016 for the Rays as they finished with their worst record since 2007. The Rays normally dominant pitching staff was their downfall as they allowed the fourth most home runs in the AL and finished league average or worst in team ERA, WHIP, and walk rate. The Rays did some more Rays-ish things this offseason dealing Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers for pitching prospect Jose De Leon and taking chances on some players whose value was low due to injuries or poor 2016 performance. In any other division, the Rays would be a strong bounce back candidate, but in the brutal AL East you have to wonder if they will be able to keep pace all season with what is clearly the worst of the five lineups in their division.

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MLB American League Offseason Review

The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. Since the NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, lets turn our attention something more interesting. The Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter and we will get right into breaking it down starting with the American League.

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Figuring Out the A.L. East

 

The American League East is annually the most talked about division in all of baseball. While not always the best division, when you have big media markets and historic clubs like the Yankees and Red Sox, you’re going to get some big time attention. Throw in all the rivalries and the fact that since 2010 every team has at least one division title and you’ve got the premier division in Major League Baseball.

This year appears to be one of the seasons where the division actually warrants all of the attention. Entering play on Friday, only 6.5 games separate the first place Orioles and the last place Rays. The A.L. East is the only division where it’s this close from top to bottom. In fact the Cubs, Giants and Rangers all have at least a 6 game lead or larger over second place in their respective divisions. With all five east teams making their case for a run at a division title, we will break down each team in order of where they currently sit in the standings entering a big weekend of baseball.

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