AL East Season Preview 2020

NL East Division Odds

Team Odds
New York Yankees
-450
Tampa Bay Rays
+275
Boston Red Sox
+900
Toronto Blue Jays
+3000
Baltimore Orioles
+50000

The AL East is firmly dominated by the Yankees, but the Rays are a young team that are going to put up a fight. The Red Sox and Blue Jays will one day be good again, but this season doesn’t look like the one. And the Orioles are still a baseball team.

New York Yankees

Over the past decade, the New York Yankees have struggled to get back to the top of the mountain. Last season they made it all the way to the AL Championship, but lost to the Astros. In the offseason, the Yankees went out and got a huge free agent in Gerrit Cole. He should help boost the Yankees pitching staff. The Yankees also bring back star pitchers in Luis Severino, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka. Needless to say, opposing team will be challenged this season.

There is no hiding the fact that anything less than a World Championship is a bad season for the Yankees. If this Yankees team can stay healthy throughout the season they will have a good shot at getting there. Last season they were a few big plays away from being in the World Series, and Garret Cole will surely boost this team.

Tampa Bay Rays

Last season the Rays made it to the postseason for the first time in 6 years with there core of young players. They have a lot to build on after an impressive run last year. Even with that young talent prime for development, the Rays still made some moves to get better in the offseason. Only time will tell if that was the right move for this team.

In the offseason, the Rays let Travis d’Arnaud and Avisail Garcia walk as well as traded Tommy Pham to San Diego. They did add some more power to there lineup with the signing of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. He should somewhat help fill the gaps that were caused by free agency. If there is any team in the AL East that can compete with the Yankees it is the Rays. However, I think that this Rays team will be at its full potential in a few years, while the Yankees are already there.

Boston Red Sox

This Red Sox team is starting to look less and less like the 2018 World Champions. This was put in stone with the departure of Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers in the offseason. In exchange, they received Alex Verdugo and a pair of minor leaguers in Jeter Downs and Connor Wong.

On top of the players changing, Alex Cora and the Red Sox parted ways after his involvement in the Astros cheating scandal was made public. Many believe that a similar thing may be revealed in the Red Sox organization. Only time will tell what the fate of the Red Sox is. As for the 2020 season, I think that the Red Sox will be lucky to even be in the hunt when the postseason rolls around.

Toronto Blue Jays

The only bright part of the Blue Jays season last year seemed to be Vladimir Guerrero Jr. This season they return not only him but, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Danny Jansen. This team looks like one that will be back playing in the postseason soon. Unfortunately, I don’t think they will be able to get past the Yankees and Rays this year.

The Blue Jays have a lot of young talent that will be the core of a good team someday. Until that day comes they need to do there best to continue to build the depth of the team. The key to any championship team is having the depth to react to any injury that could pop up. It’s not crazy to think that this Blue Jays team will be back in the postseason as early as 2021.

Baltimore Orioles

For the most part, I have been pretty bright on the future of the Al East. Unfortunately for the Orioles that optimism stops here. The only reason anyone even talked about the Orioles last season was to watch Chris Davis’ 62 plate appearances without a hit. Davis was once the core of this Orioles team, but now feels like a weight they just need to get rid of.

The Orioles are firmly in rebuild more and don’t show any sign of escaping anytime soon. To be honest, if you read this preview all the way to the Orioles you must really be bored. To call the Orioles a long shot would be an understatement. 

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Chris Hogan

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