American League Central

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1. Chicago White Sox

Hiring Tony LaRussa to be the manager means they want and expect to be playing well into October.

2. Minnesota Twins

They are expected to be in the Postseason once again, but will they actually win a series?

3. Kansas City Royals

This is a perfect time for them to sneak under the radar and become a thorn in opponents sides this season.

4. Cleveland Indians

The restart button has been pressed again with the trade of Francisco Lindor.

5. Detroit Tigers

Look for more growing pains, but their new manager A.J. Hinch has been through it before in Houston.

Player to Watch: 1B Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

Best Acquisition: P Liam Hendriks – Chicago White Sox

New Kid on the Block: OF Alex Kirilloff – Minnesota Twins Continue reading

American League East

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1. New York Yankees

What becomes of the rotation going towards October will determine if they are World Series contenders.

2. Toronto Blue Jays

Their offseason moves suggest they are ready and willing to do what it takes to keep them atop the American League for many years to come.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

They are primed for having some bumps in the road this season, but don’t count out their pitching depth keeping them in contention.

4. Boston Red Sox

The penny pinching will continue this year with their ace Chris Sale still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

5. Baltimore Orioles

Get ready for the youth movement to arrive as Ryan Mountcastle and Adley Rutschman make their debuts.

Player to Watch: P Tyler Glasnow – Tampa Bay Rays

Best Acquisition: OF George Springer – Toronto Blue Jays

New Kid on the Block: P Luis Patino – Tampa Bay Rays Continue reading