Yesterday I wrote about the Orioles, and how tough their division is. Which is true.
The AL East is particularly tough if your team name is not Boston or New York, the teams with the market, and with the bucks.
Because if any team is going to challenge the Yankees--who seem to be on route to signing Cliff Lee--it is those pesky Red Sox, and their somewhat revamped lineup.
But, with the resigning of Jason Varitek, and now the addition of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, Boston looks pretty deadly.
For starters, let's look at their position spots:
- C-Jason Varitek
- 1B-Adrian Gonzalez
- 2B-Dustin Pedroia
- 3B-Kevin Youkilis
- SS-Marco Scutaro
- LF-Carl Crawford
- CF-Jacoby Ellsbury
- RF-JD Drew
- DH-David Ortiz
That leaves Mike Cameron and Jed Lowrie to pick up the slack, which is the essence of a good bench.
As for starting pitching:
- Jon Lester
- John Lackey
- Josh Beckett
- Daisuke Matsuzaka
- Clay Buchholtz
So, a very good everyday nine at the dish, and a very solid rotation, with only Daniel Bard, untested, as the closer.
In fact, even the Yankees will have a tough time outdoing Boston, day in and day out.
It is amazing what a difference not worrying so much about cash can make, no? I think, right now, this is the team to beat.