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2013 Preview: The American League East

Mar 29, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

Blue Jays

For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East.

The Blue Jays totally revamped the rotation and added Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera to the lineup. Is that enough for a 20+ game swing and the division title?

The Rays lost James Shields but they still have tons of pitching. But where is the offense going to come from?

Is the Jeter-Rivera Yankees dynasty finally over? Do the Bombers have a better chance at first place or the cellar?

The Orioles shocked the world by making the playoffs in 2012. Was it smoke and mirrors or the beginning of a sustained return to prominence in Baltimore?

The Red Sox’ 2012 was a train wreck. Are they back on track in 2013?

Below are our team-by-team previews for the AL East as well as our HBT Extra feature on the division. Enjoy.

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  1. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Jays are so good they are gonna take the AL East, AL Central, and the Wildcard this year and yes they will have to play themselves in the first round of the playoffs. Should be a great series!!

    • pauleee - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      You really do need to seek medical attention for this obsession.

      //trolled again

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Harry is implying that The Jays will defeat some former Jays such as Wells, Overbay and Francisco in the playoffs.

      • pauleee - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Oh, since you’re here, is their bad blood between you and harry? Because I’m trying to figure out his angle on all the Jays posts.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        It started on the old MSNBC Message Boards when I called out Harry several times. In those days he was using many monikers such as Happy Herbie and Dr. Bendover.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        Im implying that the jays will not even make the postseason once again, hope you for once stick around until the end of the year on this thing to see this out but i know you wont. case closed

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Called me out? LOL what the heck are you talking abou proudly? Called me out on what? I mean whats there to say if you are a jays fan over the last 20 some years? You gonna call me out on how they never made the playoffs in that time frame and how my team has won 5 WS in the same time frame? What did i tell you about lying to yourself? Its not healthy son

  2. Ryan - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Apparently the Jays are so good they even get linked to for the Red Sox capsule!

  3. Glenn - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I’m not buying this Blue Jay thing. They were a disappointing team that got some core players from the most disappointing team of all last year (Marlins) and added the guy who disappointed his team and fan-base the most (Cabrera).

  4. ryanrockzzz - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I could see it shaking out like this:

    Rays- 91-71
    Blue Jays- 89-73
    Red Sox- 82-80
    Orioles- 80-82
    Yankees- 77-85

    I just think the O’s were a fluky team last year, and for all that went right to happen two years in a row may be a little much. The Jays still have to get a chemistry going, and the Red Sox and Yankees just really don’t have the same amount of talent as in years past. Leaves me going with the young upstarts who always seem to be there in some form or fashion to win the East.

  5. buffalo65 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Will the rays hit enough for 91 wins? They replaced James shields with Fousto carmona? They will be a 80-85 win team at best.

    • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Year after year I hear from non-Tampa Bay AL East fans, how this year they will stumble and yet they are always battling for the crown. The Rays are much better than in 2012. Yes, they lost Shields, but that was a move they chose.

      A full year of Longoria, Desmond, Fuld, and Cobb. Matt Moore more likely to perform like the Matt Moore of the second half of 2012. And the addition of Johnson, Escobar, and Loney, create some thump from the SS, 2B, and 1B positions, something that they have been lacking in recent years.

      You criticize the Roberto Hernandez move into the #5 spot, but he won the job from Niemann, and if he falters, Niemann or Archer are viable alternatives. They still won’t get much offensive production from the catcher position, and could use a right-handed outfielder to spell Joyce, but overall their daily line-up is much more dangerous.

      Plus, they have a settled bullpen, something missing the past couple of years. They may not have enough to reel in the Jays, but second place, and a wild-card spot is more than likely.

  6. gg206 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Rays go 103-59…..biased? Yes.. But no one in tht division scares me.. Toronto is the 2012 Marlins redux, Baltimore was fluky last year but are likely the 2nd best team.. Yanks will be like they were in 2009 old and injured and Boston is ehhh but more realistically rays 93-69; Baltimore 90-72; Yanks 86-76; Toronto 85-77; Boston 80-82

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Yanks will be like they were in 2009 old and injured

      And won the WS…

  7. uyf1950 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Gentlemen, keep on underestimating the Yankees. For the first 2 months of 2012 the Yankees were 28-23 just 5 games over .500 and they went on to finish 95-67 28 games over .500 The bulk of the Yankees that are on the DL now should be back in action BY June 1st if not sooner minimizing a season long disaster. I hate to disappoint any of you that believe the Yankees are a sub 80 win But It’s incomprehensible that a team that won just 28 games in the first 2 months of 2012 and went on to win 95 that year all of a sudden will win nearly 20 games less in 2013 just because primarily Jeter, Tex and Granderson may miss 2 months or less of a 6 month season.
    As for the 2 regulars that were not resigned Swisher and Martin. Ichiro can more then make up for Martin with his defense, speed and ability to play small ball. As for the loss of Martin, lets remember for the first 5 months of the 2012 season offensively Martin could not get out of his own way that was especially true for the first couple of months.
    Like I said at the very beginning of this post, keep on underestimating the Yankees.

  8. munsonsgravity - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    People don’t underestimate the Yankees. It’s just an old, injured team with a supper-crappy line-up and pitching that is not nearly as good as Yankee fans like to delude themselves about. They’re good for about 74-80 wins.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      “Predictors of Yankee doom and gloom – this is why they’re still contenders. Yes, the offense has all kinds of problems, and they’re not going to score nearly as many runs as they regularly do, but this is still an elite pitching staff. Sabathia, Kuroda, and Pettitte might not be young, but they’re still excellent, and assuming that any team with that front three is going to struggle is a reach at best. Toss in decent performances from Nova, Hughes, and Phelps, and maybe the eventual return of Michael Pineda, and the Yankees rotation is strong at the top, deep at the back, and offers the chance to turn a pitcher into a hitter if need be.”

      – Noted Yankee fanboy Dave Cameron.

  9. proudlycanadian - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    The Beast from the North will roar this year. The players all think that they have the best team on paper and are determined to prove it on the field.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      how’s it feel to lie to yourself year after year but never get any results? god it must suck to be you and cur and paperchump and the 4 other bluejays fans on this board.

  10. buffalomafia - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Im a true blue Yankees fan & I even know the Yanks are to old & won’t make the playoffs?!

    George Steinbrenner must be rolling over in his grave knowing his sons are F’n up his team?!

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