LADY AT THE BAT: Lady's Choice: 2007 AL East Plus (the Wild Card)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Lady's Choice: 2007 AL East Plus (the Wild Card)

Well, I've worked my way through all the divisions in MLB. All except for one: The American League East.

About a decade ago, the AL East was considered to be the toughest division in baseball. Referred to at times as The American League Beast, these teams were all stacked with great lineups and good pitching. I would love to see the return of those days. Really, I would! Unfortunately that's not going to happen anytime soon. At least, not this year. The only way the Toronto Blue Jays will finish second again this year is if the Red Sox suffer another collapse. Other than crown jewels P Roy Halladay and OF Vernon Wells, this team has little else to offer. Although, AJ Burnett may show some flashes of brilliance here and there. The Orioles have improved their bullpen, but their starters still can't compete with the Yankees' or with Boston's. As for Tampa Bay, they have a lot of good offensive talent that is cancelled out by the fact that they really have only one legitimate starting pitcher in Scott Kazmir.

So, who's going to win this division? The Yankees or the Red Sox? Looking at the pitching on both teams, the only real question marks as I write this post are Kei Igawa and Dice-K. True, Dice-K has had a great Spring Training and Igawa has struggled. But until the season actually starts no one really knows how these two will do, since neither has Major League experience. Other than that I think the starting pitching on both teams is comparable. I believe the difference comes when you look at the bullpens and at the lineups. I like the Yankee bullpen better than the Red Sox bullpen. I just hope Joe Torre can keep from over-using them this year, a tall order if he sticks to his plan to use Mariano Rivera for only one inning a game. As for the lineups, Boston has Manny and Big Papi. The rest of the lineup is nice, but they're all blown out of the water by the Yankee lineup. Here's the lady's choice for the 2007 AL East:

1 New York Yankees
2 Boston Red Sox
3 Toronto Blue Jays
4 Baltimore Orioles
5 Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Looking at the Wild Card, I see the White Sox and Red Sox doing battle for this spot, with the Twins and Indians making some noise as well. But in the end, the Red Sox will prove to be the better team. Barring injuries and/or collapses, the 2007 AL Wild Card will be the Boston Red Sox.

The Lady


Matthew Whipps said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your picks to win the World Series!

Anonymous said...

You and me both! This is my first foray into making picks. It's turning out to be harder than I thought it would be! I think I'll wait until mid-season to make any further predictions.