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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Boston Red Sox 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 93-69, 1st in the AL East. Lost in ALDS 3-0 to Cleveland. It was an exciting 2016 regular season for the Boston Red Sox with the highly successful Big Papi farewell tour mixed in. When the calendar changed to October, the party was over as the Sox were swept by the eventual AL champs, losing two of the three games by one run. This offseason saw the Red Sox add their second premier left hand starter in as many winters when they traded two of their top prospects for Chris Sale and added underrated relief arm Tyler Thornburg. Despite losing their most dangerous hitter and Boston sports hero David Ortiz, the Sox are ready to make another postseason run.

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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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MLB 2016 Playoff Preview

It’s that time of year again baseball fans. We already know will have a new champion this year as the analytics community rejoices over Ned Yost’s Kansas City Royals not getting a chance to repeat as World Series champions in 2016. The baseball playoffs are always one of the hardest things to predict in sports. Since 2000, the team with the best regular season record (close your eyes Cubs fans) has gone on to win the World Series just twice. We have real parity in the postseason this year. In addition to Kansas City not making it back, we have four new teams playing in Division Series that missed the playoffs last year. Take that NFL. So without further adieu, here are my predictions that I of course feel very confident about today, but will more than likely hate in about 10 days because that’s baseball and that’s why we love it.

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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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