Tim Britton Brian MacPherson AL East New York* New York* Tampa Bay* Boston* Boston* Tampa Bay Toronto Toronto Baltimore Baltimore AL Central Detroit Detroit AL West Los Angeles Los Angeles AL MVP Miguel Cabrera Miguel Cabrera AL CY CC Sabathia CC Sabathia AL Rookie Matt Moore Yu Darvish
AL Pennant Los Angeles Detroit NL Pennant San Francisco Miami World Series Los Angeles DetroitThe Boston Globe's predictions are behind a pay wall, but I read at SoSH that only Tony Massarotti picked them to make the playoffs. Which means Peter Abraham, Nick Cafardo, and the CHB (anyone else?) did not. (I'm curious what the exact predictions are, if anyone has access to them.)
Tyler Kepner of the New York Times picks the Red Sox for fourth place, behind the Yankees, Rays (2d wild card), and Blue Jays.
The Yankees have issues, but on the grander scale, they seem small. ...
Tampa Bay has a well-rounded rotation but a strikeout-prone lineup, and Boston can slug but has serious questions in its fourth- and fifth-starter spots.For what it's worth - which is nothing - the Blue Jays are the first team to win 23 of its first 28 spring training games in 15 years (1997 Marlins).
The Blue Jays could be a year away but might make their move sooner ...
David Schoenfield of ESPN's Sweet Spot blog explains why the Red Sox will win 96 games.
AL East Ave. rank New York Yankees 1.36 Tampa Bay Rays 2.00 Boston Red Sox 3.00 Toronto Blue Jays 3.64 Baltimore Orioles 5.00 AL Central Ave. rank Detroit Tigers 1.05 Cleveland Indians 2.73 Kansas City Royals 3.09 Chicago White Sox 3.91 Minnesota Twins 4.14 NL East Ave. rank Texas Rangers 1.45 Anaheim Angels 1.64 Seattle Mariners 3.41 Oakland A's 3.50 AL Wild Card No. votes Anaheim Angels 11 Tampa Bay Rays 9 Texas Rangers 9 New York Yankees 8 Boston Red Sox 5 Detroit Tigers 1 Oakland A's 1And some notes (my bolding):
The AL East standings are weird. It looks like everyone picked Tampa Bay second, Boston third and Baltimore fifth, with Toronto oddly stealing some first-place votes from New York. While we did all list the O's last, the other perfectly rounded-off positioning is just an odd statistical aberration. The Rays and Red Sox each were placed anywhere from first to fourth, but their cumulative totals make their ranks seem nice and tidy. ...
The AL playoffs seem nearly set with the season hardly underway. With the Tigers a preseason lock to win their division, the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Rangers and Angels appear destined to fight for the four remaining playoff births.
EB SD MH RH SH DM JS AL East Yankees Rays Yankees Yankees Yankees Yankees Rays Rays Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox Red Sox Yankees Red Sox Red Sox Rays Rays Rays Rays Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Red Sox Orioles Orioles Orioles Orioles Orioles Orioles Orioles AL WC LAA, TBR TEX, NYY TBR, TEX LAA, BOS BOS, TEX BOS, TBR NYY, TEX AL Pennant Rangers Tigers Tigers Yankees Angels Yankees Tigers NL Pennant Atlanta Phillies Phillies Phillies Phillies Brewers Phillies World Series Rangers Phillies Tigers Yankees Phillies Yankees PhilliesHoffmann and Murphy pick Adrian Gonzalez as the AL MVP. Murphy picked Jon Lester for the AL Cy Young.