Also: Keith Law:AL East Blue Jays 19 Red Sox 8 Rays 2 Yankees 2 Orioles 0 AL Pennant Astros 9 Blue Jays 8 Royals 8 Red Sox 4 Cleveland 1 Rangers 1 NL Pennant Cubs 19 Giants 6 Nationals 3 Mets 3 World Series Cubs 14 Blue Jays 4 Royals 4 Astros 3 Mets 2 Giants 2 Rangers 1 Nationals 1
I see four flawed contenders [in the AL East], and a team with its engine stuck in reverse. The Red Sox strike me as the least flawed contender, a team with a potential 850-run offense and enough improvement in run prevention to sneak away with the division. I feel as if their defense is particularly underrated, but getting Hanley Ramirez out of left field and Pablo Sandoval entirely off the field helps, while on some nights they'll run out plus defenders at four or five spots.
AL East Projected Standings Red Sox 90-72 Blue Jays 87-75 Rays 83-79 Yankees 83-79 Orioles 74-88