Fresh Outlooks: AL East

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Standings:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: 95-67, last season 100-62

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: 92-70, last season 91-71

  3. Boston Red Sox: 91-71, last season 92-70

  4. New York Yankees: 89-73, last season 92-70

  5. Baltimore Orioles: 60-102, last season 52-110


Let's give a warm welcome out west to the following players who will take the Diamond for their new teams. (Note these are players who will have an impact on their squad going into the new season)

Welcome to the AL East:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: INF Wander Franco(EXT), RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Brooks Ralley, OF Harold Ramirez,

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Jose Berrios, RHP Kevin Gausman, RHRP Yimi Garcia, RHP Andrew Vasquez, LHP Yusei Kikuchi, 3B Matt Chapman, OF Raimel Tapia,

  3. Boston Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha, LHP James Paxton, LHP Rich Hill, LHRP Matt Strahm, LHRP Jake Diekman, SS/2B Trevor Story,

  4. New York Yankees: UTL Tim Locastro, 3B Josh Donaldson, INF Isiah Kiner-Falafa, 1B Anthony Rizzo,

  5. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles, INF Rougned Odor,


It's time to say goodbye to some players whose impact will be missed by their previous teams.

Goodbye:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: DH Nelson Cruz, RHP Chris Archer, LHP Rich Hill,

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: LHP Robbie Ray, 2B Marcus Semien, OF Randall Gruicuk,

  3. Boston Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, OF/DH Kyle Schwarber,

  4. New York Yankees: LHRP Adam Ottavino, C Gary Sanchez, INF Gio Urshela, 1B Luke Voit

  5. Baltimore Orioles: None of note.


Each team in this Division has stars, and let's figure out who the most likely MVP candidates are from each team going into the season. These are the guys who will create the most fireworks for their teams.

MVP Award Candidates:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: INF Wander Franco

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: 1B Vald Guerro Jr.

  3. Boston Red Sox: 3B Rafael Devers

  4. New York Yankees: OF Aaron Judge

  5. Baltimore Orioles: OF Cedric Mullins


Now that we looked at the most prestigious batter's award let's look at the most prestigious pitching Award and candidates from each team in the NLW.

Cy Young Candidates:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Jose Berrios

  3. Boston Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi

  4. New York Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole

  5. Baltimore Orioles: LHP John Means


Please keep your eyes glued on the below players because they are ready to show out during the 2022 season. Just trust me.

Break Out Player:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: OF Manuel Margot

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: 2B Cavan Biggio

  3. Boston Red Sox: 1B Bobby Dalbec

  4. New York Yankees: INF Gleyber Torres

  5. Baltimore Orioles: 1B/OF Ryan Mountcastle


Everyone in the MLB has to overcome adversity at some point and time in their career. For these guys, that point in their careers is 2022

Comeback Player Candidates:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu,

  3. Boston Red Sox: OF Jackie Bradley Jr

  4. New York Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu

  5. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles


You might have heard of these guys; you might not have. After impressive 2021 from these young guns, we got a sample of what is to come. Keep them on your radars going into 2022

Rookie of the Year Candidates:

  1. Tampa Bay Rays: INF Taylor Walls

  2. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah

  3. Boston Red Sox: OF Jarren Duran

  4. New York Yankees: RHP Deivi Garcia

  5. Baltimore Orioles: C/1B Adley Rutschman

Manager of the Year:

Toronto Blue Jays Charlie Montoya


2022 Prediction:

What a division we have lined up for both the AL and NL East. Once these divisions were referred to as the NL and AL easy, not anymore. The powers are set and legit could have another 4 teams who are 90+ wins and ultimately dominate the Wild Cards and bump a good team like the Twins, Mariners out of the playoff picture during the last week. All I know is that inter-division games in this Division will be LIT! Honestly, 1-4 could go either way in the AL East. I love the Rays and their system, and they have the East figured out. Plus, they always make a trade or two to boost the 2nd half. The Blue Jays are LOADED and bearing any injuries. I think they finish second and push for the top of the Division and make the playoffs. The Yankees and Red Sox battle for third in the Division, and both have great teams, weaker pitching than the Rays and Jay's do, which puts them here. Then we have the Orioles; they are a headache to the Division, and that's about it, oh Cedric Mullins.


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