Yes, two bar blogs in two days.
It's Christmastime, I'm feeling the holiday spirit (or holiday spirits, as it were).
I wrote a piece last week talking to a scout who briefly broke down the
At the time,
Well, with the acquisition of the reigning National League
It got me thinking (yep, more holiday spirits). How would I rank the five
I’m usually not one that falls for the club that made the biggest splash in a given offseason. I wasn’t on the
That said, the Blue Jays are so tough on paper right now. I’d prefer a more proven closer, but the rotation – which added Dickey,
So I'd put the Blue Jays as the favorites to win the division. And I'd place the New York Yankees second. Yes, they have only three key players under age 70 and the left-side of their infield is a MASH unit worth more than the gross national product of several thriving European countries. But they are the Yankees; they still have a bunch of great players.
After that, though, I am stuck.
The Orioles haven’t made any additions to better a club that won an improbable 93 games last year. So most experts expect them to take a major step backward. I get it, but I don’t think this team regresses that much. Perhaps that’s because I was around them all last year, but the core is too strong, in my opinion, to freefall.
So I don't think it is a stretch to believe the Orioles could end up with 85 or more wins and in third place in 2013.
If that’s the case, then I’d have to choose between the
The Red Sox have improved themselves with the additions of
The Rays had trouble scoring, even with Upton. But they still have several excellent young pitchers, including
Just for the record, here's how I predicted the division finish last April: Yankees, Rays, Jays, Red Sox, Orioles. Here's how it ended up: Yankees, Orioles, Rays, Jays, Red Sox.
And here's my tentative prediction for 2013: Jays, Yankees, Orioles, Rays, Red Sox.
Now it is your turn.