American League East
DF: New York Yankees
This division is a tossup. The Rays won the American League in 2020, the Blue Jays reached the postseason and are clearly on the rise, and the Yankees are the Yankees. In a race that is going to come down to the wire, New York will prevail thanks to the heroics of Gerrit Cole.
HA: Toronto Blue Jays
The AL East includes the reigning league champions Rays, the perennial powerhouse Yankees, the 2018 World Series champions (who got their manager back) Red Sox, and the hard-hitting Orioles. Despite all of that, the team that improved the most this past offseason was the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays dominated free agency, acquiring World Series MVP George Springer and former 2019 MVP finalist Marcus Semien. Adding two quality vets to a lineup that finished third in AL scoring last year is a recipe for success.
JF: New York Yankees
The Yankees should be better based upon the moves they made over the offseason. The lineup remains pretty much the same — although the pitching staff saw some real change with the addition of former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and flamethrower Jameson Taillon. Getting Domingo German and Luis Severino back to full powers would go a long way in making this team a viable World Series threat. New York certainly is in the driver’s seat to make the postseason — though I have questions when it comes to the Yankees winning at the highest level.
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