Rangers, Orioles Red Sox AllGood But Look For A Tribe Repeat in 17

With the major league baseball underway here is a breakdown of each AL team that will try to take the AL title away from the Indians.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AL East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1st place Orioles  strengths  pitching,offense and bullpen. Gausman,ChrisTillman, Wade Miley and  Dylan Bundy. Plenty of offense in   Many Machado, Mark Trumbo, Chris Jones and Adam Jones. Look for the O’s to win 98 games in 17.                                                                                                                                                                 2nd place  Red Sox. Strengths starting pitching in Chris Sale, David Price Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. Powerful offense in Jackie Bradley, Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts  and rookie Andrew Benintendi. Weaknesses could use a couple of more setup men in the bullpen. Look for the Sox to win 95 games and capture the wild card. Price needs to stay healthy.                                                                                                                                             3rd place Yankees strengths starting pitching. Michael Pineda,Mashahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Louis Severino  are as good as it gets.Closer Aroldis Chapman needs to stay healthy. Offensively Greg Bird  Starling Castro, DiDi Gregorious and Brett Gardner are OK. Future stars in catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine. Projected wins 88 may be 90.                                                                                                                                                4th place Jays strengths offense. Even with the loss of Encarnancion Jose Bautista, Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak are OK but   they could  still use another  hitter Pitching wise JA Happ, Miguel Estrada, and and Mat Latos are OK but not enough  Marcus Stroman is a future Cy Young candidate. Look for the Jays to win 85 games this year.                                                                                                                                                                                            5th place Rays Strengths OK pitching still trying to deliver a quality starting staff. This year its Chris Archer, Alex Cobb,Blake Snell and Matt Andriese. Alex Colone is the closer. A little weak on offense with Evan Longoria,  and Kevin Kiemaier supplying the power. The Rays have a way to go before they compete. Look for the Rays to win 78 games this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AL Central                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1st place Indians strengths everything weaknesses none. Look for the Indians to repeat as AL Champions. Good starting pitching   Balanced offense even with homerun king Edward Encarancion pryed away from the Blue Jays.Starting pitcher Hector Carrasco is on e of the leagues best. Reliever Andrew Miller is probably the best setup man in baseball. Look for the Indians to win 100 games this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                    2nd place White Sox  strengths bullpen decent starting pitching. They can only go up after losing 103 games in 16. Strong bullpen with Dan Jennings,Nate Jones , and Dave Robertson the clubs closer. OK starting staff in Jose Quintana,Derek Holland and Miguel Gonzalez. Jose Abreau and Melky Cabrera lead the offense. Look for the Sox to win 90 games this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3rd place Tigers  strenths hitting weaknesses age. This team needs to win now. Starters Justin Verlander and Ryan Zimmerman are a year older. Offensively Miguel Cabreara is the leagues best hitter. DH  Victor Martinez is 39 but still dependable. Look for the Tigers to win 83 games this year.                                                                                                                                                 4th place Royals strengths hitting weaknesses pitching. Nce starter in Danny Duffy. Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain supply the offense. Royals need to find their winning ways of old. They won’t be much better than last year possibly 82 wins.                                                                                                                                                            5th place Twins  A team trying desperately to compete. They’re    rebuilding through the draft. A nice group of starters in Kyle Gibson, Phil Hughes, and Hector Santiago. Out fielders Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario are rising stars. They need more help in the bullpen. Look for the Twins to win 78 games this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AL West                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1st place Rangers  strengths starting pitching. The team that won 95 games last year should repeat. Starter Yu Darvish needs to stay healthy. They need big years from left Cole Hamels and Martin Perez. Veteran 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre is one of the leagues best power hitters. Look for the Rangers to win 97 games in 17.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2nd place Astros strengths everything. The Astros are loaded. Starters Lance McCullers, Dallas Kuechel,Colin McHugh and Joe Musgrove are  probably the best in the west. They need to stay healthy in order to beat the Rangers. Offensively shortstop Jose Carrera and second baseman Jose Altuve are the games best. Look for the Stros to challenge the Rangers this year and win close to 95 games.                                                                                                                                                                                                3rd place Mariners strengths experience. This is a group that needs to win now. Felix Hernandez is the teams ace. Second baseman Robinson Cano  are a year older and  Nelson Cruz are a year older. Veteran pitcher John Smyly was acquired for depth. Third Baseman Kyle Seager is a future star belting 33 hr’s and 99 rbi’s in 16. The M’s could win 87 games in 17.                                                                                                                                                          4th place Angels strengthshitting. Despite having the games best player in Mike Trout and 38 year old DH Albert Pujols the Angels don’t have much. Starters Garrett Richards and Cj Wilson aren’t enough. The Angels will be lucky t win 78 games in 17.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5th place A’s Look for the A’s to fight it out with the Angels for last place. Veterans Rajai Davis and Trevor Plouffe are the teams best hitters. Pitcher Sonny Gray is not the pitcher he used to be. Look for the A;s to win 70 games in 17.                                                                                                                                                                    Their you have my predictions. Not much different than last year. Look for the Indians and Red Sox to meet in the AL Championship.

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