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Old 01-25-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by doublem23 View Post
My pre-Spring Training gut says:
  1. Tampa Bay
  2. New York
  3. Toronto
  4. Boston
  5. Baltimore
The Rays pitching is legit. I think the Yankees hang around because that's just what they do. I like Toronto, but I have to see how they play as a team. The Red Sox, I don't know. And the Orioles were +11 wins over their Pythagorean W-L last year and only +7 in run differential. They're due to come back to Earth hard. But I could see them finish last in the division and still potentially win 80 games.
The thing about Baltimore is they're so young at so many positions, which could be good or bad, but the talent is undeniable. And they've got a bevy of guys coming up. And don't forget Manny Machado. They only got a bit of him at the end of last year. At the end of this year, he might be the best SS in baseball. Dude can flat out rake.

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Originally Posted by DumpJerry View Post
The Yankees will find a way to buy stud players from crap teams in July if they are within five games of .500.
Their system is a lot more dry than it used to be. They don't have any MLB ready talent waiting for the first time in a long time.
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