Time for the American League predictions (for National League Predictions click here)!
This division has some of the wildest seasons in recent memory and could potentially have its fourth different champion in five years. The Los Angeles Angels are defending champs, but have taken a step or two backwards while remaining a solid team. Over the last few years the Seattle Mariners have made progress, but seem to have all the pieces this year to make a run. The Oakland Athletics always hang around despite weak rosters, relying on young players. The Houston Astros are also reliant on young talent and a few veterans. The Texas Rangers will certainly be better than last season, but not by much.
Mike Trout of the Angels is a heavy favorite for MVP, but Robinson Cano of the Mariners could have a fantastic season surrounded by new players.
- Seattle Mariners
- Los Angeles Angels (Wildcard)
- Houston Astros
- Oakland Athetics
- Texas Rangers
The reigning AL champion Kansas City Royals will look very similar to last season, reliant on pitching, defense, and speed. Reigning division champ Detroit Tigers took a few steps back this season, and will rely on hitting and have the potential to be streaky. The Cleveland Indians always put together a solid team, also relying on pitching and defense. The Chicago White Sox have made a few offseason moves and should be better. The Minnesota Twins will still be cellar-dwellers.
Miguel Cabrera looks to stay healthy and return to the Triple Crown form from a few seasons ago. Corey Kluber is looks to build upon his Cy Young season, but Yordano Ventura looks to unseat him as best young pitcher in the division. If Chris Sale can get healthy, he is better than both of them and should win the Cy Young.
- Kansas City Royals
- Cleveland Indians (Wildcard)
- Detroit Tigers
- Chicago White Sox
- Minnesota Twins
It used to be that the AL East was by far the best division in baseball, always having a team that would compete for the World Series. Over the last five seasons, only one AL East team has won the AL. The Red Sox had a busy offseason and look to go from worst to first (see here for my more in-depth look at the Red Sox).
The Baltimore Orioles are reigning champs, but lost a few players in the offseason. The Toronto Bluejays have also had a busy offseason, but need to stay healthy to compete. The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees will both be interesting to follow, but will have tough, rebuilding seasons.
Chris Davis will have to forget last season’s terrible performance and return to 2013 levels, certainly the Orioles will need it to remain in contention. Alex Rodriguez will be under constant scrutiny after missing all of 2014 to injury and suspension, and the Yankees as a whole will draw a lot of ire from opposing fans.
- Boston Red Sox
- Baltimore Orioles
- Toronto Bluejays
- Tampa Bay Rays
- New York Yankees
This season should be a fun one; there will be a lot of parity among the teams and no one team is a guaranteed lock to win their division. Commissioner Rob Manfred is taking steps to speed the game up and when combined with such young talent that the league has today, baseball has potential to gain popularity and excitement. So sit back, grab a hot dog, watch the fireworks, and enjoy some fantastic baseball this season.