5BS AL EAST PREVIEW

Spring Training began last week and I’m starting to get pumped for Opening Day. While teams are playing with grapefruits and cactuses, I will post my 2010 predictions for each division. Here is the AL East Preview:

1. Yankees (101-61)

2. Boston (94-68)

3. Tampa Bay (85-77)

4. Baltimore (79-82)

5. Toronto (64-98)

BIGGEST SURPRISE: The big surprise in the AL East this season will be the Baltimore Orioles. This team has a potential superstar behind the plate in Matt Wieters. Plus, this outfield is explosive at the plate and on the field. Nick Markakis is one of the most underrated players in baseball. Adam Jones has the ability to be one of the best centerfielders in the game. Left-fielder Nate Reinold has the ability to have big power numbers and can be dangerous in the middle part of this young lineup. The big weakness for the O’s is the extremely young starting rotation. Kevin Millwood is a proven veteran who can win 10+ games this season. However, Jeremy Guthrie has been very inconsistent throughout the years. Third starter Brian Matusz is one of their top prospects with a golden left arm, but he has only two months of Major League experience. He will certainly take his lumps throughout this season.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: The Blue Jays, hands down. Without Halladay, this staff is awful. Ricky Romero is going to be the ace?!? Really? Plus with the exception of Adam Lind and Aaron Hill, this lineup might be the worst in the Bigs. Travis Snyder has a bright career ahead of him, but he won’t be a savior for the Jays this season. I think I’m actually being generous not having them lose 100+ games.

BEST TEAM: You know.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

New York: Curtis Granderson, OF

Boston: Adrien Beltre, 3B

Tampa Bay: David Price, LHP

Baltimore: Matt Wieters, C

Toronto: Travis Snyder, OF

DIVISION MVP: Mark Teixeira, NYY

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