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American League East Preview 2020

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Our AL East Preview 2020 includes a full analysis of every aspect of each team. This AL East Preview 2020 finds that there are three teams undergoing major transitions, the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays. Of those three teams, the Blue Jays may be the closest to completing their changeover from an also-ran to a competitor in this very tough division. When it comes to taking the AL East, we certainly like the New York Yankees. They are strong in every area. As far as the Tampa Bay Rays are concerned, we expect them to be quite competitive once again. They have a very good shot at a wildcard berth.

AL East Preview 2020 – Teams

Here is a thumbnail sketch of each team. Below, we offer a quick look at what each club has going for them and where each is lacking. Our full preview of each team, which you may access from the links on this page, provides insights into each team’s recent performance, their pitching staff, and everyday players. Plus, we evaluate the front office and manger. We project each club’s finish as well as their wins and losses. To prepare completely for the upcoming season, make sure to read every part of our AL East Preview 2020.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Baltimore Orioles

Strengths

  • 2019 Trey Mancini had a breakout year at the plate
  • DH Renato Nunez can hit dingers and drive in runs
  • In his first season, manager Brandon Hyde showed promise

Weaknesses

  • Not one ace in rotation
  • Problematic bullpen
  • Rebuilding moving slowly

Boston Red Sox

Strengths

  • Great hitters
  • Starter Rodriguez and closer Workman
  • Solid ownership

Weaknesses

  • An aging Chris Sale
  • Major adjustments at manager and in front office
  • Mookie Betts and David Price gone

New York Yankees

Strengths

  • Starting rotation
  • Fine bullpen
  • Power at the plate

Weaknesses

  • High expectations
  • DH Giancarlo Stanton must have a good season
  • Weak fielding team

Tampa Bay Rays

Strengths

  • Top-notch rotation
  • Outfielder Austin Meadows massive offensively and defensively
  • Manager Kevin Cash does fine work

Weaknesses

  • Have to compete with Yankees
  • Will they ever get a new stadium?
  • Front office guru Chaim Bloom left for Boston

Toronto Blue Jays

Strengths

  • Young, talented hitters
  • Ace Hyun-Jin Ryu joins rotation
  • In first season, manager Charlie Montoyo was solid

Weaknesses

  • They are young and will make mistakes
  • Rotation lacks depth
  • Still rebuilding

Our AL East Preview 2020 Projections

As we noted earlier, we certainly find that the Yankees are well situated when it comes to winning the division. In fact, we can see them making it all the way to the World Series. The Rays have developed a reputation for making the most of what they have. They should follow this season in that same manner. The rest are also-rans.

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

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pmroczka

Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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