The AL East is starting to take shape, like we all foresaw it would. After a ridiculous first two months, the Rays are starting to come back down to earth, and after a less than mediocre first two months, the Red Sox are starting to play like they can. All the while, the Yankees have just sorta ho-hummed along.
As far as the Rays go, I really believe we’ve seen the best of them and it’s only May. Don’t misunderstand that comment. They are a great team and will finish with a great record, but they will not play 32-12 baseball the rest of the way out. That’s just common sense. Rest assured they will be there in the end. Bullpen scares me, but I think the Rays still get to the dance.
As far as the Yankees go, I really don’t see a Rays-like run in them. I’m not sure what it is, I can see them playing above average baseball for the rest of the season. I mean, obviously, look at the roster, but there is something about this team that doesn’t convince me they can get real hot and run away with the AL EAST. They have had a lot of injuries, I just don’t think they have the same magic as last year.
As far as the Sox go, we haven’t seen anything close to what their pitching can do. That is somewhat frightening. Ortiz is starting to hit, and the lineup doesn’t look as bad as we once thought. This is the wild card team of the three. No pun intended, but maybe true. The Sox could make a serious run and bounce the Yanks out.
Either way, it’s going to be a great race to the end. Probably, one of the best we’ve seen. Should be exciting.