> Hello Red Sox fans,round II of the American League East Champion
>Ships will begin in about two month and I believe the Jays will take it.
>Please post your oprion as well.Here is how I rate the standings at the end!
> 1st BlueJays Super Defence and pitching
This I agree with. The Jays have the best (* fill in the blank *) in the division.
The rotation will consist of Morris, Key, Stieb, Stottlemyre, Guzman, and/or Wells.
This is by far the best group to choose from in the division.
The pen has Henke, Ward, Timlin, and/or Wells, among others. Once again, I'll take this
group over any other in the division.
Carter, Gruber, Alomar, Olerud, and possibly Derek Bell form a solid nucleus for the offense.
The Jays are the best team in this division.
> 2nd New York My personal choice (** this is reassuring :>) **)
No way. The Yanks have three proven starters - Sanderson, Leary, and Witt.
Sanderson is not durable enough to be a number one starter. He averages ~6 IP/start and
is well past 30 years old (36?) and is likely to decline. Leary is also 30+, has a history
of arm trouble and is coming off the two worst years of his unimpressive career.
Witt is coming back from arm surgery, and it is ludicrous to expect him to perform like he
did in 1986 with the Angels. All the young starters (Johnson,Kamienecki,Eiland,etc.)
are unproven. The pen is filled with journeyman relievers. Farr cannot be considered an
ace closer like Henke, Ward, Lee Smith, Gregg Olson, even Dan Plesac. Cadaret, Guetterman,
Plunk and Habyan have performed erratically throughout their careers.
In short, even though I forgot the Brothers Perez, there are too many question marks just in
the pitching staff for the Yanks to finish this far from the cellar.
> 3rd Cleveland Mr Alomar has 30 dingers
I wish! Sandy has never shown this kind of power, even in the low minors. Belle, however,
will hit 30 dingers in the new, improved Municipal Stadium. But the closer fences will
make things rough for the Indians pitchers, who are barely worthy of a AAA staff. This
team has the greatest chance for improvement in the division, but they will not jump this
far in so short a time.
> 4th Red Sox Phil Planter can't hit,No Clemens
Au contraire! Plantier can Hit with a capital H! He proved this all last year in AAA and
in considerable playing time with the Sox. Granted he may not produce over a whole season
like he did in his stint last year, but he is definitely major league. The Sox need the
usual performances from Clemens, Viola, Boggs, Burks and exceptional performances from
the third and fourth starters, and at first base to win the division.
> 5th Baltimore The Iron Man melted
Baltimore will live or die depending on the development of their young players..
If Mussina, McDonald, Milacki, Martinez, Mercedes are for real and Davis and Ripken
form as potent a combination as seems likely, the Birds will be tougher than expected.
> 6th Milwalkee There is nobody (expect a drop to last!)
The cupboard is bare in Milwaukee. Molitor will not have as good a season as last year.
Yount will most likely rebound, but who will help him? Vaughn returns and Spiers had a
solid season last year. Both are young and will improve. Sheffield has not hit, Jaha and
Nilsson have not hit above AA. Higuera will try to come back again from arm problems.
Wegman had a career year that will be very hard for him to repeat. Navarro and Ron Robinson
are nothing spectacular. Chris Bosio is their most reliable starter and their most
marketable commodity. It would not be surprising to see him dealt for young talent.
> 7th Detroit Even 70 Cecil,would not help!Rock bottom!
Detroit has a very good offense, but very little else. Barring collapses by Fielder,
Fryman, Whitaker, and assuming reasonable production from Phillips, Trammell, Tettleton,
and Cuyler, the Tigers will not finish last. With another improbable season from
Gullickson and Tanana, the Tigers could even contend. However, the **FIERY** presence of
Dan 'Go-Go' Gladden could carry them all the way! :>) Don't bet the ranch.
1ST Toronto Blue Jays
2ND Boston Red Sox
3RD Baltimore Orioles
4TH Detroit Tigers
5TH New York Yankees
6TH Cleveland Indians
7TH Milwaukee Brewers
Feel free to argue with me. I know you will :>)
***ic Tribe Fan since 1975