By: Chris Larson
Welcome to the third pre-regular season series, this time focused around trying to put a finger on, what each division's standings might look like come the end of the regular season. As was the case with the last two series, it's certainly not an easy task, but it's a fun exercise to try and gauge the competitiveness of each division with some being stronger than others.
For the first part of this report, let's focus on the American League East. It's one of those divisions that is certainly top heavy with the two powerhouses at the top in the, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, followed by the always surprising Tampa Bay Ray, along with the, rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. There's not much to look forward to outside of the top 3 teams in this division right now, but all eyes are set to the future for Toronto and Baltimore meaning that brighter days are ahead once the fog from the rebuild process clears.
With that being said, here is how we expect the American League East to look when all is said and done.
1. Boston Red Sox (AL East Champions)
2. New York Yankees (AL Wild Card I)
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles
Alright, now that the American League East is taken care of, let's switch over to the other eastern division in the MLB, the National League East. There was plenty of noise made by this division this offseason and some might argue, it's the best division in all of baseball because there are four teams that could legitimately take the division crown. First of all, you have the New York Mets and their improved team under the direction of rookie General Manager, Brodie Van Wagnen followed up by the Washington Nationals, who continued to bolster their roster this offseason, the stupid money Philadelphia Phillies, an organization that certainly made a significant splash this winter, and the young Atlanta Braves, a team that surprised everyone last year by winning the division. Finally, there's the Miami Marlins, another team that is in the midst of a cloudy rebuild process, but an organization with their eyes set to the future.
With that being said, here is how we expect the National League East to look when all is said and done.
1. Washington Nationals (NL East Champions)
2. Philadelphia Phillies (NL Wild Card I)
3. New York Mets
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Miami Marlins
Last, but certainly not least, are the Miami Marlins a team that is going to have significant struggles this coming season. When you have the ingredients of a young roster, that has been gutted (no pun intended!) and you mix that with a tough looking NL East, you end up with a dish that looks like a team that will occupy the cellar. If that wasn't bad enough, expect the Miami Marlins to be the worst team in baseball this season with 102 losses, but don't forget that while the tide might be rough right now, there are brighter days coming to match the sunshine of Miami.