sublime8414 wrote:The yankees, twins, indians, and tigers are competing for only 3 playoff spots. Who do you guys think the odd man out is?
To me it's still the tigers.
I think you mean Red Sox, not Twins. That said, it's a hard call. You can't discount the Indians, because they're the reigning Central champs, and the Yankees are the Yankees? Do the Red Sox have Santana? If so, you'd have to think they're in.
So if the Red Sox get Santana, I'd say the Yankees or Indians are out. If the Sox don't get Santana, it's entirely possible the defending WS champs are out. Strong field top-wise in the AL this year.
I think the Yankees have the goods to get in even if Santana does wind up in Boston. The Yankees are operating with the same roster as last year, when they won 94 games. Now they've got 3 young pitchers with more experience under their belts as well.
I think this largely depends on Detroit's performance. If Dontrelle Willis can pitch better than he did last year, and guys like Sheffield can stay on the field, then I think Detroit needs to be considered the favorite in the Central. The Indians will make a push, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see some regression from their pitchers.
If I had to choose today, I'd say Cleveland is the odd team out, but it's only December 5th.
It probably be either Cleveland or Detroit and right now I like Cleveland's chances over Detroit.
Both have solid rotation with good depth. Detroit definitely has the better offense, but it's a pretty old and injury prone offense (Pudge, Guillen, Polanco, JJ, Ordonez, and Shef), while Cleveland has much younger offense. Not to mention Detroit has one of the worst bullpen in the AL right now. You are in real trouble when Fernando Rodney is your best RP
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