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Rays' Ben Zobrist arguing a strike three call to end Monday's game against the Rangers.
Entering the season, it was no secret that the AL East housed some of the most complete teams in baseball.
A week in, it’s becoming clear that it’s going to be a battle for the division down to the final week.
The Baltimore Orioles lead the AL East in one incalculable statistic…chemistry. After ending last season by clinching their first playoff berth since ’97, they’ve basically picked up where they left off. Adam Jones is batting a ridiculous .500 through the first week and Nick Markakis is right behind him, batting .355. If they can get their pitching rotation in check, the Orioles can definitely make another run in 2013.
The Toronto Blue Jays spent some serious money this offseason—starting out 2-5 is definitely not what upper management had in mind. That being said, with arguably the best rotation in the division and a well put together offense, the Jays will be fine down the stretch.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 3-4, but with a talented young rotation, they should be able to improve that record.
The New York Yankees are in trouble. With Alex Rodriguez likely out for the season and Derek Jeter out for at least a month, injury will keep the Yankees stagnant in the division. Granderson’s fractured forearm and Teixiera’s wrist will also keep the Yankees out of the hunt for at least the next six weeks.
Finally, in what could be the most unexpected start in the division, the Boston Red Sox have overcome last season’s chronic injuries with an impressive 5-2 start. Clay Buchholz and John Lester have been lights out and youngsters Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Iglesias and Will Middlebrooks have come up with some clutch hits.