Ok, having ravaged through the pros and cons of the National League, and which teams have the best shots of making it to the big series, here we are taking a look at the American league.
We have several teams with more than enough talent to win it all, should they stay healthy.
Continue reading below to find out who these teams are, why they might win it all, and what may slow them down. This is our take of the best teams in the American League of the Major League Baseball Association.
Boston Red Sox
After having already discussed the L.A. Dodgers as the favorite to emerge from the N.L., how about a bi-coastal World Series against last year’s champs, the Boston Red Sox. If the possibility doesn’t excite you, the prospect of two major TV markets have the suits at FOX in N.Y. drooling.
As with the Dodgers, there are a few players who may make or break the Boys from Beantown between now and October. Those would be the veteran nucleus of David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jon Lester.
Getting Clay Buchholz back should help offset the sudden sabbatical being taken by Ryan Dempster. Nothing however will make up for the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury who defected to the arch rival Yankees over the winter.
It was another disappointing ending for the Detroit Tigers in 2013. After 93 victories and their 3rd straight A.L. Central Division title they fell to the BoSox in the ALCS.
Some major changes have taken place up in the Motor City, with the retirement of long time manager Jim Leyland and the trading of fan favorite Prince Fielder. Still and all this new version of the Men from Motown is expected to be at the top of the A. L. ladder at seasons end.
The Tigers retain a strong offensive nucleus of Tori Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to go along with a strong starting rotation including Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez.
New York Yankees
This wouldn’t be a World Series contender article without the inclusion of the N.Y. Yankees.
Even with the retirements of Mariano Rivera and Andy Petite the Yanks have restocked well.
The Bronx Bombers won the Masahiro Tanaka derby for the most coveted free agent pitcher and resigned manager Joe Girardi to lead them once again.
Derek Jeter’s swan song will also be minus Robinson Cano but the lineup is still stacked with the likes of newcomers Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and holdover Mark Texeira.
Tanaka will occupy the 3rd spot in a rotation led by CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.
“Money Ball” is alive and well in northern California. The Oakland Athletics and General Manager Billy Beane have made the usual tweaks to a roster that has found the “A’s” winning the past two A.L. West crowns.
While their everyday lineup is a good one, including Coco Crisp leading off and Yoenis Cespedes batting cleanup, the depth of the roster “ala Beane” may make the difference in 2014.
The southern California A.L. entry, Los Angeles Angels was one of the biggest disappointments of 2013. Simon and Garfunkel once sang “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Last year the owner of the “Halos”, Arte Moreno was proclaiming where have you gone Albert Pujols?
The team needs Pujols and former Texas superstar Josh Hamilton to have comeback seasons for the Angels to compete.
There is a lot more that needs to go right for the Angels to rise to the top of the American League with much of that being the performance of their starting rotation led by Jered Weaver.
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