Wednesday, February 6, 2008

AL Central Predictions

AL Central
This division looks to feature two of the top teams in the AL with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The Twins just traded away Johan Santana, lost Torii Hunter in free agency, and after finishing 17 games back last year they don't appear as a threat to win the division although Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are great players. The White Sox did add Nick Swisher, Orlando Cabrera, Carlos Quentin, and will start a rookie at 2B but they just aren't strong enough to compete with the Indians or Tigers. Do I even need to say anything about the Royals? They will finish near the bottom of the AL even with the "roided" out Jose Guillen.

The Tigers finished 8 GB of the Indians last year but the additions of Miguel "I'm trying to get in shape" Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis should help make that up. Their hitting lineup has the potential to be the strongest in baseball this season with Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen, Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield, Magglio Ordonez, and Pudge Rodriguez as the top 7 hitters.

The Indians don't have nearly as strong of a hitting lineup but Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafner, and Victor Martinez are no slouches. I'd have to give the edge to their rotation over the Tiger's because it features AL Cy Young C.C. Sabbathia and Fausto Carmona as the 1-2 punch.

Tigers: 96-66
Indians: 95-67
White Sox: 79-83
Twins: 77-85
Royals: 68-94

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