30 teams in 30 days: Toronto Blue Jays


Today we finish up the AL East by taking a look at the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays enter 2012 with a pretty decent team, the only problem? They’re stuck in a division with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays. The Blue Jays have some pretty good young players but they are young and some of them don’t have a lot of big league experience. The offense once again will be centered on Jose Bautista as he tries to make it 3 straight seasons of leading the big leagues in home runs. Colby Rasmus had a disappointing 2011 and it will be interesting to see how he does this year. 

The rotation will be led again by Romero who had a pretty good year in 2011. It will be interesting to watch Brandon Morrow as he continues to progress. He still has some work to do but he could be a very good pitcher in this rotation. All in all the Blue Jays should have a solid season this year. They won’t make the playoffs but they will finish 4th in the east and they’ll finish above .500

Tomorrow I start looking at the AL West starting with the Angels.  

30 teams in 30 days: Tampa Bay Rays


Last year was quite a year for the Rays. After losing some of their biggest stars, the rays made a remarkable run in September and caught and passed the Red Sox to win the AL Wildcard. This year the Rays are back and should be contenders once again. Carlos Pena is back in Tampa after going to the cubs for a year and he brings back his power from the left side of the plate. Evan Longoria is one of the best in the game today and He should have a great season this year as well. Desmond Jennings should be back at the top of the order and is looking to build on a quality rookie season. The Rays also have a very solid starting staff with guys like David Price, Matt Shields, and last year’s AL Rookie of the year Jeremy Hellickson. Also watch out for Matt Moore who showed last October that he is a force to be reckoned with on the mound. 

All in all this should be a good year for the Rays and I see them taking 1 of the 2 AL Wild Card spots. 

Come back tomorrow for a preview of the Toronto Blue Jays.

30 teams in 30 days: New York Yankees.


Today we take a quick look at the New York Yankees.

Last year was a pretty big year for the Bronx Bombers. They saw Derek Jeter get his 3,00th hit (on a home run no less), Mariano Rivera became the all time saves leader, and the Yankees won yet another AL East Division title. It came to a bitter end though as the Yankees lost game 5 of the division series at home to the Detroit Tigers. 

In my mind the Yankees are the team to beat in the A.L. East this year. They have a strong offensive lineup anchored by guys like Mark Teixeira, and Robinson Cano. Their starting staff is solid as well led by ace C.C. Sabathia. It will be interesting to see how Micheal Pineda performs in his first year in pinstripes. When it comes to the bullpen the Yanks still have the best closer of all time waiting for the 9th inning to come. The Yankees are still stacked and should win the AL East again in 2012. 

 

Tomorrow we take a quick look at the Tampa Bay Rays. 

30 teams in 30 days-Boston Red Sox.


Last year the Boston Red Sox cruised into September looking as if they would make the playoff easy. We all know what happened next, the Sox collapsed over the final month of the season and in game 162 they lost the wild card spot to the Tampa Bay Rays. This year the Sox have a few new faces. Theo is gone, Terry Francona is gone, Jonathan Papelbon has moved on to Philly, and Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek have both retired. It will be very interesting to see how things turn out in Beantown in 2012. The Starting staff is one of the best in the game with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and Clay Bucholz leading the way. Another thing to watch out for is how Daniel Bard does in his move from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Andrew Bailey is a big new face in Boston this year as he will become the Sox’s new closer.
The offense is stacked with guys like Adrian Gonzalez, former MVP Dustin Pedrioa and Jacoby Ellsbury who was an mvp candidate last year. Carl Crawford is also a big name in that lineup as he looks to bounce back from a down year.

This is a team that just like the 2011 version should be very good and should easily contend for an AL East title, look for the Red Sox to return to the playoffs in 2012.

30 teams in 30 days. Baltimore Orioles


Happy March everyone!! This week Spring Training games will get started and we’ll be one step closer to the regular season!!! First off I wanted to say I really enjoyed reading everyone’s stories on the previous post. If you haven’t posted a story in the comments yet and you still want to, feel free!  Today I am going to start something that I’ll be doing throughout the month of March. I will preview one team each day from March 1-March 30. On March 31 I’ll post who I think will win it all in 2012. The lineup for this will go as follows

March 1-Orioles

March 2-Red Sox

March 3-Yankees

March 4-Rays

March 5-Blue Jays

March 6-Angels

March 7-A’s

March 8-Mariners

March9-Rangers

March 10-White Sox

March 11-Indians

March 12-Tigers

March 13-Royals

March 14-Twins

March 15-Braves

March 16-Marlins

March 17-Mets

March 18-Phillies

March 19-Nationals

March 20-D-Backs

March 21-Rockies

March 22-Dodgers

March 23-Padres

March 24-Giants

March 25-Cubs

March 26-Reds

March 27-Astros

March 28-Brewers

March 29-Pirates

March 30-Cardinals

March 31- Season predictions

 

Today we start off with the Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles have a new logo (or old technically) and a new general manger. New GM Dan Duquette is looking to make the O’s a contender once again. It’s going to be a very difficult task though as the O’s are nowhere near competing in the powerhouse AL East. The Orioles have a decent offensive lineup and will be looking to guys like Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters to lead the team’s offensive charge. The big question though is their young pitching staff which in 2011 was very inconsistent. Guys like Brian Matuz, Zach Britton, and Jake Arietta are all 3 going to be able to perform consistently and effectively if the O’s want to have any chance in the AL East.

 

Overall The Orioles may surprise some people if they can stay healthy, but I see the Orioles once again at the bottom of the AL East in 2012.

Come back tomorrow as I take a look at the Boston Red Sox. 

 

30 teams in 30 days. Baltimore Orioles


Happy March everyone!! This week Spring Training games will get started and we’ll be one step closer to the regular season!!! First off I wanted to say I really enjoyed reading everyone’s stories on the previous post. If you haven’t posted a story in the comments yet and you still want to, feel free!  Today I am going to start something that I’ll be doing throughout the month of March. I will preview one team each day from March 1-March 30. On March 31 I’ll post who I think will win it all in 2012. The lineup for this will go as follows

March 1-Orioles

March 2-Red Sox

March 3-Yankees

March 4-Rays

March 5-Blue Jays

March 6-Angels

March 7-A’s

March 8-Mariners

March9-Rangers

March 10-White Sox

March 11-Indians

March 12-Tigers

March 13-Royals

March 14-Twins

March 15-Braves

March 16-Marlins

March 17-Mets

March 18-Phillies

March 19-Nationals

March 20-D-Backs

March 21-Rockies

March 22-Dodgers

March 23-Padres

March 24-Giants

March 25-Cubs

March 26-Reds

March 27-Astros

March 28-Brewers

March 29-Pirates

March 30-Cardinals

March 31- Season predictions

 

Today we start off with the Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles have a new logo (or old technically) and a new general manger. New GM Dan Duquette is looking to make the O’s a contender once again. It’s going to be a very difficult task though as the O’s are nowhere near competing in the powerhouse AL East. The Orioles have a decent offensive lineup and will be looking to guys like Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters to lead the team’s offensive charge. The big question though is their young pitching staff which in 2011 was very inconsistent. Guys like Brian Matuz, Zach Britton, and Jake Arietta are all 3 going to be able to perform consistently and effectively if the O’s want to have any chance in the AL East.

 

Overall The Orioles may surprise some people if they can stay healthy, but I see the Orioles once again at the bottom of the AL East in 2012.

Come back tomorrow as I take a look at the Boston Red Sox. 

 

30 teams in 30 days. Baltimore Orioles


Happy March everyone!! This week Spring Training games will get started and we’ll be one step closer to the regular season!!! First off I wanted to say I really enjoyed reading everyone’s stories on the previous post. If you haven’t posted a story in the comments yet and you still want to, feel free!  Today I am going to start something that I’ll be doing throughout the month of March. I will preview one team each day from March 1-March 30. On March 31 I’ll post who I think will win it all in 2012. The lineup for this will go as follows

March 1-Orioles

March 2-Red Sox

March 3-Yankees

March 4-Rays

March 5-Blue Jays

March 6-Angels

March 7-A’s

March 8-Mariners

March9-Rangers

March 10-White Sox

March 11-Indians

March 12-Tigers

March 13-Royals

March 14-Twins

March 15-Braves

March 16-Marlins

March 17-Mets

March 18-Phillies

March 19-Nationals

March 20-D-Backs

March 21-Rockies

March 22-Dodgers

March 23-Padres

March 24-Giants

March 25-Cubs

March 26-Reds

March 27-Astros

March 28-Brewers

March 29-Pirates

March 30-Cardinals

March 31- Season predictions

 

Today we start off with the Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles have a new logo (or old technically) and a new general manger. New GM Dan Duquette is looking to make the O’s a contender once again. It’s going to be a very difficult task though as the O’s are nowhere near competing in the powerhouse AL East. The Orioles have a decent offensive lineup and will be looking to guys like Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters to lead the team’s offensive charge. The big question though is their young pitching staff which in 2011 was very inconsistent. Guys like Brian Matuz, Zach Britton, and Jake Arietta are all 3 going to be able to perform consistently and effectively if the O’s want to have any chance in the AL East.

 

Overall The Orioles may surprise some people if they can stay healthy, but I see the Orioles once again at the bottom of the AL East in 2012.