The Blue Jays have not represented the American League in the World Series since 1993. when they won their second World Series title. But they may be back as serious contenders after an off-season splurge. Some of their key additions are: National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey (from the Mets), and shortstop Jose Reyes (from the Marlins), who played in the World Baseball Classic this past week and helped the Dominican Republic land a win. The Toronto Blue Jays also acquired right-hander Josh Johnson, left-hander Mark Buehrle and infielder Emilo Bonifacio through their blockbuster trade with Miami. If that wasn't enough, they also signed outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was the forerunner for the NL batting crown with the Giants last year, but got derailed by a drug suspension. Add all of this to a line-up that will have a healthy Jose Bautista in 2013, and the Jays are in a prime position to make a run deep into the playoffs, despite the fact that they play in the AL East. In fact, after going 73-89 in 2012 to finish 4th, the Toronto Blue Jays are now the favorites in Vegas to win their division in 2013.
The Detroit Tigers were last season’s American League Champions and they have what it takes to do it again at the World Series. Justin Verlander, their ace pitcher, was just given the title MVP two seasons ago and Miguel Cabrera, their third baseman, won it last year when he finished the Triple Crown. They may have not won the World Series since 1984, but they are still among everyone’s favorites.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers won the last of their six World Series almost 25 years ago. However, now that they have new owners who have spent massive amounts of cash they have become everyone’s favorite team again. The Dodgers have recruited Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Zack Greinke. All five of them are said to be the highest paid in all of MLB history. This could be due to the fact that they have a very tough job ahead of them – winning a division which includes the World Serious championship against the San Francisco Giants.
Last year the Nationals, with the help of their manager Davey Johnson, received the best regular season record out of all of the teams in the majors. However, they slipped up during the playoffs and the St. Louis Cardinals stole their crown. The Nationals are currently bragging about having the best pitching rotations thanks to Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. They also have explosive hitting power coming from Bryce Harper as they head towards their first World Series Championship.
Los Angeles Angels
The summer is looking bright for California’s major league teams and we are not just referring to the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year after the Angels signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, they were the pre-season favorites yet they missed the playoffs. Now that they have Josh Hamilton on their side in the offseason and the “rookie of the year”, Mike Trout, plowing full force ahead they are not a team to be messed with.
Keep in mind, that the obvious rarely win it all. But with so much talent being added to so much promise, one of these five teams could achieve just that!