Wednesday, May 20, 2015

American League Standings 2015 Week Six


AL Standings 2015
I have put together an update on my 2015 predictions for the American League standings. We are six weeks into the 2015 Major League season, so I thought I would take a look at my predictions and see how they are playing out so far.

AL East
1. Toronto Blue Jays
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. New York Yankees
5. Tampa Bay Rays

I predicted the Toronto Blue Jays to win this division, the American League Pennant, and the World Series as well. So far, not good. The Blue Jays are in last place at 18-23, and had lost five in a row until last night when they beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6. The Red Sox rotation has not been good, but that was expected. However, I expected their lineup to carry them more than they have through the early part of the season, until they can make a move to improve their rotation. They are one of the front-runners for Cole Hamels, so stay tuned. The two teams I predicted to finish 4 and 5, the Yankees and Rays, are actually 1 and 2 right now. However, I do expect that to change. There is no way aging stars Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira keep up their early season performance and it is only a matter of time before the Rays fade.

AL Central
1. Kansas City Royals
2. Detroit Tigers
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Cleveland Indians
5. Minnesota Twins

Unlike the AL East, this division is going as planned, sort of, minus one team, the Minnesota Twins. After a 1-5 start, the Twins are now are now 21-17, and find themselves in third place, just three games back of the division leading Kansas City Royals. Much better overall production out of their rotation has led them to this point. Robin Ventura is over matched as a manager and it is safe to say that he might be on his last gasp in Chicago at this moment. What has happened to Corey Kluber? The 2014 American League Cy Young award winner is off to a 1-5 start this season. He better turn it around, or the Indians are headed for a last place finish at this rate.

AL West
1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Seattle Mariners
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Texas Rangers
5. Houston Astros

This division is all upside down from how I predicted it. The Astros are out to a 25-13 start, and have a six-game lead in this division as of this moment. The Angels and Mariners, who both started slowly, are starting to improve and get better. The Rangers are right where I expected them to be, 4th place. I don't see anyway it gets better for the Rangers anytime soon so they need to pull the plug and rebuild. I didn't expect Oakland to be good, but I didn't expect them to be this bad either. The Athletics currently stand at 13-26. good for the worst record in Major League Baseball.

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