The American League Eastern division may be the toughest of all the divisions for MLB Picks to call. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees always make it hard to be sure on who will come away with the division title. One thing is clear though, it usually is either Boston or New York.
2011 may be the Red Sox’s year though with all the moves they made this off-season. General Manager Theo Epstein has re-tooled the bullpen by adding a slew of relievers that includes Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler bolstering an already strong bullpen that has closer Jonathan Papelbon, young gun Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima.
Oh and did we mention they added one of the best slugging first baseman in the game, Adrian Gonzalez along with the speedy Carl Crawford. The two newcomers join Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia to form one of the most dangerous line ups in the majors.
And if that wasn’t enough, the starting rotation is very impressive. Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz comprise a very good staff if they pitch to their potential and stay healthy. And that’s why MLB Picks has the Boston Red Sox as the team to beat in the AL East. Don’t be mad Yankee fans, there’s always the Wild Card.
MLB Picks for the National League East
The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the favorites to compete for the NL title and get to the world series before the off-season even started. Then they added Cliff Lee to a rotation that already included Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. Now most, if not all, baseball followers understand that the Phillies have the best shot at winning the National League crown in 2011.
Lee gives the Phillies four legitimate aces, something that unprecedented in recent memory. They also have the offensive production to pair with the pitching. The line up includes Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, it will be hard to make MLB Picks against them. From top to bottom, they have one of the most complete teams in recent years, and as long as those four Aces are healthy there isn’t much this team won’t be able to accomplish.
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Spring training is here to mark that we are just one month away from the MLB season. Exciting division races are set to begin April 1st. Many division races and wild card races are decided by just a few games so these starting games are just as vital to reaching the playoffs as the last few. The MLB marathon to the playoffs is on the horizon and we have your MLB Picks here at JohnnyCSports.com so don’t wait and subscribe. Check back periodically for more MLB Picks.