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HBT Extra: Previewing the AL East

Mar 16, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

Some of you will care about this video because I talk about the 2012 AL East in it.  Many more of you will care about it because Tiffany’s back.  It’s OK. I can deal.  I get paid either way.

Oh, and we have a new intro that I kinda like.

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  1. bobdira - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Must say I’m a little disappointed at the lack of depth in the analysis. I’ll write it off to a time limit rather than a lack of knowledge. To not point out the obvious “ifs” in the case of your favorites is an oversight. Age and injury are going to be factors this year for the new yorkers. It started to show up in a couple cases last year and I don’t see how it doesn’t continue and increase as a source of vulnerability.

    Couldn’t agree more with the red sox warning signs. Hiring Bobby V was a very risky move especially with a crew of veterans who aren’t as likely to join in on the shenanigans led by a guy who too often comes off as a buffoon. And I like him.

    Rays have all the pieces to disrupt your confidence in the Yankees, now they have to deliver.

    Toronto could not just surprise some people, but shock the world. I’m surprised you didn’t jack that up more.

    Baltimore.. Nuff said.

    • bigharold - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      “Age and injury are going to be factors this year for the new yorkers.”

      That is what is said about the Yankees every year; “They’re old, they’re brittle it’s going to catch up with them”. Except they aren’t really old. Except for SS and 3B they aren’t old at all. Oh, .. and closer too, but I don’t think there’s much percentage waiting for Rivera to go off the cliff production wise. I think even the card carrying members of the RS Nation have given up hope on that.

      The Yankees have a great pen, a pretty good bench and a starting rotation that should be somewhere between good to great. Their offense can hang with any team. Also, they have resources, both financial and a decent number of trade chips in their farm system, and a management that despite they intentions to get under the luxury threshold will spend if the need and the right player presents itself.

      Key injuries can happen to any team but they present no more of a factor working against the Yankees than any other team. The difference is the Yankees are better positioned to overcome these variables than any of their competitors in the AL East.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Thank Goodness, I was beginning to wonder if Tiffany quit on your pasty butt. Let the games begin!

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Tiffany is maturing well. As far as the Jays are concerned, they are 11, 2 and 1 so far this spring. The five starters are all pitching well this spring. Romero is very good. Morrow is following up on his excellent finish to the 2011 season. Cecil’s improved fitness seems to have helped him a lot. Young Henderson Alvarez will have a much better season that the over-rated Yankee Pineda. McGowan is finally healthy and is pitching very well. Even Drabek is starting to come around. He only gave up 1 unearned run yesterday.
    By the way, I am very biased against Pineda, because I picked him up for my fantasy team in the middle of 2011 and had to suffer from his disastrous second half. The Mariners knew what they were doing when they dumped this fat turkey on the Yankees.

    • stex52 - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      “Maturing well”? Very understated. I might be a little more generous in my assessment, but we will move on.

      As to the predictions, I just remember last season. The Red Sox were world beaters. The Yankees didn’t have the pitching to take them anywhere. The Rays were going to have to fight to play .500 ball with all of their Free Agent losses. The Blue Jays could surprise anybody.

      That’s why they play the game. None of us really know.

  4. phukyouk - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Craig said.. AND I QUOTE
    “I really like the Yankees”

  5. uyf1950 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    This may or may not come as a surprise to anyone but I could see the Blue Jays sneaking ahead of the Red Sox in the standings.
    It’s NOT beyond the realm of possibility that the AL East final standings on Oct. 3rd could look like:
    1) Yankees
    2) Rays
    3) Jays
    4) Sox
    5) Orioles

    Yes, the Red Sox won 90 games last season with Youkilis playing only 120 games and even in some of those games his health was in question. But other then Youkilis getting more playing time. I just see their offense taken a small step backwards this season. Ellsbury while very good is unlikely to duplicate last years offensive performance. And yes to this poster them losing Scutaro at SS offensively will hurt a bit. And also I absolutely do NOT think Bailey and Melancon are as good as Papelbon and Bard in the back of that bullpen. I also have absolutely no doubt that the Sox will NOT take 12 of 18 games from the Yankees this season OR 5 of 6 from the Tigers as they did last year. I could easily see them being an 85 to 87 win team in 2012 and finishing just behind the Jays in the AL East.

    Now I’m sure someone will point out that the Sox won those 90 games and played horribly in September, and that’s true. But by the same token from May 16 to Aug. 31 they played ungodly and went 62-32 during that period for a .660 winning percentage. That’s not very likely to happen again this year. So while you can understand the reservations about them having another very poor Sept. you also have to realize the chances of them having a 3 1/2 months like they had last season are very, very slim.

    I know this goes against conventional wisdom, but conventional wisdom had the Red Sox and Phillies playing in the World Series last season. And we all know how that turned out.

    That’s just my opinion.

  6. El Bravo - Mar 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Good to see your pretty face again. You too, Tiffany.

  7. Max Power - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Has Craig’s basement always been “HBT Studios” or is this just the first time I noticed it?

  8. yankeesfanlen - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Well put, uyf. The Blue Jays might even come in second in the Beast if they can sustain themselves through July. And Boston hiring Bobby V. is a bigger distraction than all the Popeye’s chicken in the world.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Hi Len. Did you draft Pineda?

      • yankeesfanlen - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Actually, no. CC and Phil

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        You drafted well.

      • cur68 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Jonny5 got ARod, though. Couldn’t leave him alone, I guess.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        Did you get Alvarez?

      • cur68 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        Yup. Got the entire starting rotation except Cecil. FC nicked Bautista, though. Gonna have to leave a horse head in his bed to get him to give him back.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        CURses!

      • cur68 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        Oh, I said much worse things than that.

  9. ruffridin - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Jays get a wild card this year

  10. petey1999 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    That thing that the Rays have had over the last few years is called Joe Maddon.

  11. cshearing - Mar 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    All I know is I am more excited about the Jays this year than I have been in a long time. I think the rotation is under-estimated. I expect each guy to have a better season than last year.

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