Interesting that there was zero mention of the Rangers in the entire article. He must have them finishing 3rd or 4th.
I thought it was a pretty honest assessment. He made the assumption that Chris Young will be the DH and ignored Chris Carter and Seth Smith, however.
I must be overly enthusiastic about Nakajima, but I figure him to bat second, not Young who is more of a power bat.
From the article:"This is a fantastic young team, but I just can’t see them winning back-to-back AL West titles. I see the A’s finishing at 87-75 and capturing the #1 Wild Card spot."
I couldn't see them winning the division title in 2012. ... but they did. ;)
"I couldn't see them winning the division title in 2012. ... but they did. ;)"
I was a real optimist and thought they'd win 81 last year. Most thought they'd lose 100. As the Rangers and Angels discovered last year, you have to play the games. It would be sweet to win the AL West again.
I think the big disappointment this coming season will be the Dodgers. They are throwing money around like sailors on shore leave and are counting on the underachievers they have acquired to have breakout years. Not likely.
Expectations have to be enormous, given the payroll they've forked out. Starting pitching looks strong and deep. I have to wonder if they stockpiled every SP they could lay their hands on so they'd have tasty bait for trades, or something. I really can't make sense of it.