I obviously did not think it through enough when I decided to do 30 teams in 30 days. I wanted to preview all 30 teams but I got really busy with finishing up my final year of high school, and a bunch of other stuff so now I am going to do what the entire UCB (United Cardinal Bloggers) are doing this week for our March project, Today I will preview the entire American League. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will go through the NL East, Central, and West. On Friday I’ll unveil my “picks” for the 2012 season. So let’s get started.
The American League is going to be great to watch this year. I have 7 teams in the AL that I think could make a run at the playoffs. In the East, you have the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays. The Yankees are the Yankees and they’ll always be competing. Especially when they have guys like Mark Teixeira, A-Rod, Derek Jeter, and in the starting staff the ace CC Sabathia. No doubt the Yankees will be good in 2012 but can they win the Division? The Red Sox will be back with pretty much their entire team from last year. Will they be able to put the collapse behind them? How will Bobby Valentine do in his first year as manager? and how will Daniel Bard do as he makes his way from the bullpen to the starting staff? The Rays will contend in the east as well. They’ve got that powerful offensive lineup with guys like Longoria, Upton, and Carlos Pena, a decent starting staff as well. Also, don’t be suprised if the Blue Jays at least make a run at one of the 2 wild card spots. They are a team with a lot of young talent and it could take them far.
In the A.L. Central it’s pretty much the Tigers…and everyone else. The Tigers are for sure the team to beat in the central this year. The reigning AL Cy Young and MVP Winner Justin Verlander is primed for another great year. The offense is led by Miguel Cabrera and newcomer Prince Fielder. This is a Tigers team that in my mind could very well win 95-100 games in 2012. The big question in Motown? how will Miguel Cabrera handle third base??
The AL West race is going to great to watch. The Texas Rangers are the 2 time defending American League Champs. But the Halos have reloaded with Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. The Angels just might have the best overall rotation in the American League this year. Cy Young contender Jered Weaver is back, Dan Haren, is back, they just added C.J. Wilson and they also have Ervin Santana who of course threw a no-hitter last year. The Rangers are still stacked as well. Their powerful offensive lineup still includes, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, and of course Josh Hamilton. Plus they have a new addition to the rotation in Yu Darvish. It should be interesting to see how things turn out in the AL West this season.
that’s it for now, but I will be back tomorrow to preview the N.L. East 🙂