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Houston Astros' Michael Brantley (23) steals second base under the tag of Chicago White Sox second baseman Cesar Hernandez (12) in the eighth inning during Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

MLB: American League Futures By Division

Kyle Barrette

Hopefully, we can get a deal or a placeholder in place in the next few days so there is no cancellation of regular season games. Nevertheless, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared, so let’s break down who we think is going to win each division in the American League.

AL East
Possibly the best division in baseball, an argument could be made for the Yankees, Rays, or Toronto. I’m going with Toronto to take the division. If Berrios can be dominant, they have a strong big three, and with their lineup solid from top to bottom, that can make for a lot of wins. The Red Sox opted for a lot of average veteran pitching, traded away some offense, and brought Jackie Bradley Jr. back. The Yankees are another year older, and we’re super close to hitting the panic button halfway through last season. The Rays will continue to be a tough out, but some offseason shuffling and the injury to Tyler Glasnow will hurt.

AL Central
The White Sox will win this division by running away with it again as they did last year. Chicago has almost the same team that won this division by 13 games. Detroit and the Royals will be better, but they won’t have enough to get over Chicago. 

AL West
Another competitive division that saw a lot of movement during the offseason. I’m sticking with the Astros until Correa signs somewhere else. They’re bringing back one of the top lineups in baseball and adding Verlander back to the rotation. Oakland got worse after trading away a lot of their offense and will likely finish fourth. Texas got a few bats but still has no pitching. Seattle had a season out of nowhere and it will be interesting to see if they can replicate that production and actually outperform it since it was not good enough to win the division. The Angels will have a beast of an offense with Trout and Rendon healthy, but their pitching was awful last season and they spent every draft pick on pitching, literally all 20 of them, and that will take time to develop. They will win games, but not in this division. 

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