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2011 AL East All-Star Team and Division Preview

March 30, 2011

C: Matt Wieters, Baltimore – There’s not much to choose from here, and Wieters’ per-game numbers were down last year from his rookie year but he could easily hit 15 homers and 75 RBIs this year, which should make him good for this spot.

1B: Mark Teixeira, New York – Teix and Adrian Gonzalez should have a battle this year for top first baseman in the East, and with as much hype as Gonzalez is getting I think it’s easy to forget just how good Teix is, in that he has better career numbers than Gonzalez across the board. Oh, and the Yankees lineup is just as dangerous as the Red Sox’s.

2B: Robinson Cano, New York – CaNo contest here.

3B: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay – I looked up the definition of great in the dictionary today: “Evan Longoria.”

SS: Derek Jeter, New York – I would put Marco Scutaro here, but Jed Lowrie should be playing enough to keep Scutaro’s stats down.

OF: Carl Crawford, Boston – Will he finally hit 20 home runs this year?

OF: B.J. Upton, Tampa Bay – How many players hit 18 or more home runs and stole more than 40 bases last year? Two. Crawford and Upton.

OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston – If he stays healthy you know what you’re getting: 150 games, 40 extra base hits, 60 steals and a good average.

SP: Jon Lester, Boston – Three straight years of 30+ starts and 200+ innings, back-to-back 225 strikeout seasons, and an improving WHIP every year. A true ace.

SP: CC Sabathia, New York – He’s never had a losing season, and he’s Mr. Consistency.

RP: Mariano Rivera, New York – I guess he’s good.

Projected Standings

  1. Boston 98-64
  2. New York 91-73
  3. Tampa Bay 89-75
  4. Baltimore 78-84
  5. Toronto 77-85

Division MVP – Carl Crawford

Division Cy Young – Jon Lester

Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton both go 20-40. … Jon Lester wins 22 games. … Derek Jeter hits under .290 and I’m proven right that he isn’t that good anymore.

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