These are my 18-13 rankings, and are nothing like Schoenfield’s.
The Athletics lost a ton last year, with Yoenis Cespedes and all. Now they lost Jonny Gomes and Jon Lester too. They even lost Josh Donaldson, although they did receive Brett Lawrie. They have completely started to fall apart after an amazing start to 2014. The A’s are no longer a huge division threat, becoming a mellow team. I mean, Josh Reddick, Nick Punto. that’s it besides Coco Crisp? Come on. Did I even mention they no longer have Brandon Moss. All they have is former Red Sox that mot of them aren’t even that good. However, pitching should remain decent, as the Athletics have held on to a strong starting rotation. The Athletics aren’t a bust, but don’t expect that Oakland will have a monster year.
Seattle has lost players, please note that. But I’m not failing to predict them as badly as I did last year. I learned that Robinson Cano really is huge for the team. However, they lost Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays. Dustin Ackley stuck around though. Cano will surely help too. Don’t forget Felix Hernandez! He had a monster year in 2014 and should have an almost as good one this year. The Mariners have some underrated stars by me from last year. They should be just over .500 in 2015, worse than what they really did last year, but way better than my 2014 prediction for them.
16.New York Mets
The Mets are going slightly upward towards a better season. If they have good days, they can have star hitters, and Matt Harvey already is a star pitcher. They also have new signings Troy Tulowtski, Michael Cuddyer, and John Mayberry Jr. to help. Daisuke Matsuzaka, former Red Sox, should also help the pitching staff. If David Wright and the potential big hitters can have a really good year, I could see some potential in the Mets in 2015.
The Pirates will be hard to predict this season. They still have Andrew McCutchen, who in my opinion is a top 10 outfielder this season. They have a good rotation including Francisco Liriano. But, they have no other noticeable stars to boost them. Good question here, what happens to a team that has a few good stars and the rest stinks? A decent, but not good enough result. I say they’ll be slightly over the .500 mark, even vs a tough division in 2015. I think it could be good or bad for Pittsburgh, as they never are just in the middle, even with such a middle ground power ranking.
14.Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays have had an up and down offseason, so, they stayed about the same. They picked up Josh Donaldson from Oakland and still have star hitters Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarncion to help. They however lost Adam Lind, Juan Francisco and Melky Cabrera. I think Toronto should be better compared to the division, but not vs the MLB. They did also lose Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie, but got Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders from Seattle! They have a large chance to pass the RAYS in the division standings for goodness sake, and they were ranked 14th. So, maybe the Jays will be better vs the MLB, but especially vs the AL East. It comes to show that at least the bottom teams of the AL East are not so good for near 3rd place teams, and not bad enough for 5th place teams. That could be good and bad signs for our Red Sox.
I can see a lot of potential in Terry Francona and is Indians. They have a great lineup with Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn. They also, even losing Justin Masterson, have been piling up on good pitchers and all types of free agents. I could see potential in Paul Kasmir, Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber, even Mike Aviles. The Indians just continue to stack up on players who have plenty of potential, and that will get them very far. They are no longer stuck in the middle, and are trending in one direction and one direction only, and it’s the right direction, up. I can’t go overboard with change on Cleveland though, so I don’t expect playoffs, maybe they’ll be close in the wild card race though. The Indians good be really good this year, who knows.