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The Blue Jays went on fire in the second half of last year and took the AL East by storm. They overtook the Yanks late and never looked back. Many think the Blue Jays are the favorites to de-crown the Royals this year out of the AL. The key to winning this division is whose pitching will step up. Besides the Rays the rest of these rotation have huge question marks. The rotation that can complement some of these great lineups will be moving on.

1.Blue Jays

The Jays arguably have the best lineup in the league. The reigning MVP in Josh Donaldson leads them, and he has a whole lot of help too. We all know the Jays loaded lineup, but the rotation will really tell how far they can go. The Jays are hoping Marcus Stroman takes the next step and becomes the ace they need. It’s a big risk with a guy that doesn’t have that many innings under his belt so we will have to see. The rest of the rotation really doesn’t scare you in Dickey, Estrada, Happ, and Aaron Sanchez. The real wild cards here are Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada. Once a highly touted prospect Sanchez has yet to find his command as a starter. He did wonders in the bullpen last year, but its time for him to put it together in the rotation. Estrada had a real nice bounce back year last year, and will need another solid year for Toronto. The bullpen has a very nice 1-2 punch in Drew Storen and Roberto Osuna, whoever is the closer. The Jays should be able to mash themselves to a back-to-back division titles. See what I did their Drake from Canada?

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Kevin Pillar OF 528 66 11 60 21 0.271 0.305 0.394 0.699 23 81
2 Josh Donaldson 3B 578 98 33 97 7 0.282 0.362 0.517 0.879 70 122
3 Jose Bautista OF 515 96 35 90 7 0.258 0.378 0.520 0.898 97 95
4 Edwin Encarnacion DH 501 89 35 91 3 0.271 0.365 0.543 0.908 71 86
5 Troy Tulowitzki SS 485 74 22 73 1 0.295 0.364 0.487 0.851 50 105
6 Chris Colabello 1B 325 44 14 45 1 0.274 0.331 0.449 0.780 26 98
7 Russell Martin C 423 65 19 58 5 0.248 0.346 0.436 0.782 55 98
8 Michael Saunders OF 325 44 9 37 6 0.240 0.327 0.378 0.705 42 94
9 Ryan Goins 2B 285 29 3 25 2 0.242 0.295 0.323 0.618 21 62
Projected Rotation

Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
1 Marcus Stroman SP 185 13 7 3.21 1.16 156 42 7.2% 92.0 mph
2 R.A. Dickey SP 199 8 14 3.98 1.22 135 62 9.1% 81.5 mph
3 Marco Estrada SP 167 6 6 3.93 1.19 128 50 9.9% 89.3 mph
4 J.A. Happ SP 160 9 9 3.88 1.31 138 47 8.2% 91.8 mph
5 Aaron Sanchez SP 116 7 7 4.03 1.31 93 55 7.0% 94.9 mph
6 Gavin Floyd SP 85 3 6 4.13 1.34 66 29 7.3% 92.0 mph

2.Rays

This was a real tough call between the Rays and the Yankees. I went with the Rays because of the starting pitching. The Rays top 3 are the best in this division and maybe top 4 if Matt Moore gets back to his wicked ways. I know the Rays don’t rush their prospects, but watch out for Blake Snell to come up this year, and make this rotation 1-5 nasty. This is a classic Rays team with great pitching and great defense. I do like the top of their lineup as well, especially the addition of Corey Dickerson. I also have a man crush on Kevin Kiermaier who is just a pure baseball player, not to mention he might be the best defensive outfielder in the game. Every year they are overlooked, and they always surprise in some way.

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Brad Miller SS 465 61 11 53 11 0.245 0.317 0.376 0.693 47 106
2 Logan Forsythe 2B 528 73 15 63 8 0.265 0.335 0.409 0.744 50 113
3 Evan Longoria 3B 587 81 22 78 3 0.266 0.330 0.438 0.768 53 130
4 Corey Dickerson OF 405 62 17 65 4 0.299 0.343 0.511 0.854 27 97
5 James Loney 1B 385 45 6 39 2 0.286 0.332 0.382 0.714 26 46
6 Kevin Kiermaier OF 548 72 13 66 19 0.266 0.307 0.407 0.714 30 107
7 Desmond Jennings OF 325 43 7 35 12 0.246 0.319 0.366 0.685 33 70
8 Logan Morrison DH 355 47 13 43 5 0.239 0.312 0.394 0.706 36 63
9 Curtis Casali C 285 36 11 33 1 0.200 0.291 0.361 0.652 33 94
Projected Rotation

Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
1 Chris Archer SP 202 13 9 3.07 1.16 217 64 12.8% 95.2 mph
2 Jake Odorizzi SP 182 10 10 3.66 1.20 169 55 10.1% 91.3 mph
3 Drew Smyly SP 147 8 8 3.12 1.17 147 40 11.4% 90.3 mph
4 Matt Moore SP 100 4 8 4.14 1.38 84 40 9.9% 92.0 mph
5 Erasmo Ramirez SP 145 6 10 4.22 1.26 112 40 11.3% 90.9 mph
6 Blake Snell SP 50 3 3 3.96 1.36 45 24

3.Yankees

There are a lot of questions with this 2016 Yankees team. The only real spot they don’t have to worry about is the bullpen with 3 legit nasty closers in Betances, Miller, and Chapman. That bullpen will be able to shorten games for this rotation, which they will need to do a lot. The rotation has 2 guys that have elbows that could go at any moment in Tanka and Pineda. A youngster in Luis Severino that might have to be counted on too much for a guy with only half a year of big league experience. They also have a guy that is recovery from all sorts of shit, and lastly a guy that can throw 100, but barely can get into the 6-7th innings. The lineup can be very good but health is a HUGE question mark. Ellesbury, A-Rod, Teixeira, Beltran, McCann are all injury risks and they could really hurt this team if 1 or more go down. Now with all the negatives that I mentioned, I still like this team to be in the thick of the race. No matter how many times you count these old guys to fail, but they always seem to find a way.

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Jacoby Ellsbury OF 519 69 10 56 30 0.270 0.326 0.372 0.698 41 89
2 Brett Gardner OF 536 77 14 64 19 0.261 0.339 0.397 0.736 60 124
3 Carlos Beltran OF 415 59 17 59 1 0.267 0.329 0.458 0.787 37 76
4 Mark Teixeira 1B 377 62 25 62 2 0.236 0.339 0.486 0.825 54 87
5 Alex Rodriguez DH 401 67 24 64 4 0.252 0.355 0.474 0.829 62 110
6 Brian McCann C 449 62 24 64 0 0.234 0.311 0.428 0.739 43 85
7 Chase Headley 3B 563 73 14 63 3 0.258 0.331 0.385 0.716 56 139
8 Starlin Castro 2B 530 62 11 59 5 0.270 0.306 0.385 0.691 25 94
9 Didi Gregorius SS 508 61 9 52 4 0.258 0.318 0.369 0.687 37 83
Projected Rotation

Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
1 Masahiro Tanaka SP 145 8 8 3.60 1.13 131 25 11.4% 91.8 mph
2 Michael Pineda SP 175 11 8 3.34 1.15 165 23 11.9% 92.8 mph
3 Luis Severino SP 185 11 9 3.70 1.28 162 65 9.6% 95.3 mph
4 CC Sabathia SP 125 5 9 4.90 1.40 106 36 9.1% 90.1 mph
5 Nathan Eovaldi SP 172 10 9 4.19 1.40 130 49 8.7% 96.7 mph
6 Ivan Nova SP 105 4 8 4.71 1.41 75 35 7.8% 93.0 mph

4. Red Sox

The Sox went out and got their ace in David Price, so all is well. Not so fast, as the rest of that staff isn’t the most reliable. All those guys need to have bounce back years and the young E-Rod needs to show more consistency. I just don’t see a lot of those guys really bouncing back. The bullpen got a lot better with trading for Craig Kimbrel to pair him with Koji Uehara. The lineup is a lot of the same with them needing bounce back seasons. Hanley Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia, and fat ass Sandoval need to be better. Mookie Betts and Xander look like studs, but they need the vets to step up, besides the never aging Big Papi.

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Mookie Betts OF 585 87 19 76 23 0.303 0.359 0.479 0.838 51 82
2 Dustin Pedroia 2B 435 59 10 52 5 0.290 0.356 0.421 0.777 44 58
3 David Ortiz DH 460 81 27 82 1 0.263 0.356 0.496 0.852 66 83
4 Xander Bogaerts SS 585 72 8 65 7 0.294 0.333 0.397 0.730 32 113
5 Hanley Ramirez 1B 425 61 19 61 9 0.273 0.329 0.459 0.788 33 76
6 Pablo Sandoval 3B 370 44 9 42 0 0.262 0.309 0.392 0.701 23 56
7 Rusney Castillo OF 385 45 8 40 12 0.260 0.301 0.361 0.662 22 77
8 Blake Swihart C 374 42 5 38 4 0.257 0.299 0.358 0.657 22 98
9 Jackie Bradley OF 450 58 12 50 7 0.236 0.306 0.376 0.682 42 121
Projected Rotation

Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
1 David Price SP 207 16 7 2.83 1.07 211 38 11.9% 94.2 mph
2 Clay Buchholz SP 145 9 7 3.85 1.25 127 38 10.6% 92.0 mph
3 Rick Porcello SP 176 10 11 3.99 1.29 136 39 8.5% 91.0 mph
4 Joe Kelly SP 115 5 8 4.38 1.41 87 44 7.5% 95.4 mph
5 Steven Wright SP 80 3 3 4.05 1.26 57 25 9.3% 83.5 mph
6 Eduardo Rodriguez SP 160 9 9 3.77 1.31 136 54 7.8% 94.0 mph

5. Orioles

This lineup will need to mash this team to wins. The real issue is this rotation and it’s a real mess. None of those guys scare you, and the one guy that has upside in Guasman, already has shoulder problems. The bullpen should still be fine, but once again this rotation will hold them back.

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Hyun Soo Kim OF 400 59 9 42 6 0.265 0.333 0.385 0.718 41 79
2 Manny Machado 3B 589 90 25 87 13 0.285 0.346 0.479 0.825 53 105
3 Chris Davis OF 537 91 39 95 2 0.244 0.339 0.514 0.853 73 197
4 Adam Jones OF 600 83 29 90 5 0.277 0.309 0.477 0.786 23 118
5 Mark Trumbo 1B 522 71 25 76 2 0.255 0.309 0.444 0.753 41 141
6 Matt Wieters C 358 44 13 46 0 0.260 0.306 0.422 0.728 24 80
7 Pedro Alvarez DH 365 54 21 55 3 0.241 0.314 0.455 0.769 38 110
8 J.J. Hardy SS 425 44 10 44 0 0.242 0.281 0.358 0.639 22 81
9 Jonathan Schoop 2B 488 59 23 67 3 0.248 0.274 0.430 0.704 14 132
Projected Rotation

Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
1 Yovani Gallardo SP 175 9 11 3.86 1.37 123 60 6.5% 90.4 mph
2 Ubaldo Jimenez SP 170 10 11 4.08 1.41 157 75 8.0% 90.6 mph
3 Chris Tillman SP 178 10 11 4.30 1.30 130 61 7.1% 91.5 mph
4 Miguel Gonzalez SP 151 9 11 4.11 1.32 109 50 8.9% 91.1 mph
5 Kevin Gausman SP 140 8 7 3.66 1.20 122 45 10.9% 95.3 mph
6 Vance Worley SP 80 3 3 4.05 1.35 56 17 6.0% 88.9 mph

The AL East will be fun to watch this year because I do think any of these teams have a legit shot to win this division. This should be one of the tightest races all year in MLB, so make sure you try to keep an eye on these standings all year, because it should all over the place.

MVP: Joey Bats

Cy Young: Chris Archer

ROY: Blake Snell

 


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