Despite the wave of information and analysis that has swept over the game of baseball, it's easy to admit that the sport is truly fun because of unpredictability.
While late game splits and career numbers are a great indicator to day-to-day success or failures, this coming summer will yield narratives that few predicted.
In October, the story is about collective units banding together to defy the short series sample size in route to a title.
From April through September, the sport is about the individuals who grind through a 162-game season to help land their team in the crap shoot that is October baseball.
Past success, projected Wins Above Replacement value, and depth are a great way to guess which teams will stand tall through the dog days of the regular season.
Of course, a few unexpected contributors can help along the way.
Here are the picks for early breakout stars in the American League East.