April 3, 2015

WEEI's "Not Even Remotely Special [Baseball Preview] Section"

From Rob Bradford and John Tomase:
What is your predicted order of finish in the AL East?

Tomase: Red Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays. This really is a mediocre division, and the Red Sox are the one team with a standout unit — their offense.

Bradford: Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rays.

How many games will the Red Sox win?

Tomase: Come hell or high water, it takes at least 90 games to win the American League East every year and this one will be no different: 93.

Bradford: Harry Belafonte is this many years old (Spoiler: 88)
And their World Series predictions:
Tomase: Dodgers over White Sox

Bradford: Nationals over Mariners
Actually, contrary to what Tomase writes above about the AL East winner needing to win 90 games, the Yankees won the East in 2000 with only 87 victories.

And last year, although the first-place Orioles won 96 games, a win total of merely 85 would have taken the division.

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