By Jonny Adornetto @jonnyrants on March 27, 2014
The Toronto Blue Jays are entering the 2014 regular season as the favorites to occupy the basement of the extremely competitive AL East come September. Although they are made up of a series of powerful bats, have the ability to play solid defense and run well on the base paths, many are still not convinced that they can overcome the hardships from only a season ago. Here is a bold prediction of how the final AL East standings will look in 2014.
Although Joe Maddon is regarded as one of, and if not the best, manager in Major League Baseball, his time is up with the Tampa Bay Rays. Expect the Rays to still be competitive but to also finally come back down to earth as they play their way to the bottom of the AL East standings.
Team Record Prediction- 81-81
The Baltimore Orioles made some decent moves over the offseason, but those players they acquired were free agents no other team in Major League Baseball was really willing to invest much time or money into. Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz are two talents, but they are not good enough to propel the O's to the next level.
Team Record Prediction- 83-79
Many have already counted out the New York Yankees in regards to who will occupy the top spot in the AL East standings. Amongst all the skepticism surrounding the Bronx Bombers, expect new additions such as Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann to be the difference on a club that is more often than not in the playoff mix come September.
Team Record Prediction- 89-73
Ladies and gentlemen, now introducing your AL East dark horse, the Toronto Blue Jays. With little optimism surrounding the club that greatly underachieved only a season ago, expect the Jays to be 2014's Cinderella story of Major League Baseball. Expect their powerful lineup to bail out their pitching on a regular basis and secure a berth in the sudden death American League Wild Card playoff.
Team Record Prediction- 91-71
It's only a matter of a few days before the Boston Red Sox receive their new World Series Championship bling on Apr. 4 as they host the Milwaukee Brewers before the start of their home opener. Led by a newly extended David Ortiz, the Red Sox are primed and ready to defend their 2013 AL East title and will most likely do just that.
Team Record Prediction- 95-67
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