The American League East Is Upside Down: A One-Month Review

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The American League East Is Upside Down: A One-Month Review
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If someone had offered you $1,000 at the beginning of the season if the Baltimore Orioles would have the best record in the American League East after the first month, you would've take the bet. Even now, it seems a little weird.

Not only are the Orioles on top of the divison, but they have the best record in all of baseball.

After 30 days, they have a 19-9 record and are the only team who has not lost 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays are next in the East, also with 19 wins at 19-10.

The Toronto Blue Jays, who currently are holding down the second Wild Card spot in the American League, have a record of 16-13. At four games back are the New York Yankees and with only 11 wins, the Boston Red Sox are last in the division.

Many refer to the AL East division as the toughest in baseball. So far, that distinction might fall to the NL East, with Washington, Atlanta, New York Mets, Miami and Philadelphia all within 4.5 games of each other.

The AL East is still not an easy division. Right now both of the AL Wild Card teams are from the East. Neither of the top three teams are the Yankees or the Red Sox.

After a full month of the season (April 6-May 6), let’s take a look at the AL East. There have been some surprises and some concerns; some teams have had standout pitching and others, not so much.

Let’s begin at the bottom of the division.

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