Well, 39 of you chimed in (c'mon people, VOTE!), and here are the results:
Wow, I'm surprised how little support the Red Sox got. Despite the tremendous offseason the Yankees had and the breakout of the Rays in 2008, I think the Sox should be the odds on favorite to win the east. They have a fantastic starting pitching staff that runs about 8 deep and their bullpen should be vastly improved from last season. Oh yeah, did I mention that John Smoltz will be around hopefully sometime in May...can't forget the impact that he will have on the Sox. And the offense will be better...assuming that Papi and Lowell are healthy for the entire season.
To me, this is by far the best division in all of baseball. The Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees are three of the best teams in all of baseball and by the way, the Jays and Orioles aren't so bad either. It's conceivable that there will be three teams in this division approaching 90 wins this season, which is exciting for me as a baseball fan even though I have no particular rooting interest for either team.
Look for the Orioles to improve big time this season, especially if phenom Matt Wieters gets the call and Felix Pie turns out to be the real deal. This is a young team on the rise that will eventually challenge for the division title...just not yet.
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