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RF Jose Bautista
Kansas City Royals (21-23)
The Royals were aggressive this offseason with their acquisition of James Shields, giving up a number of top prospects in the process, as it is clear they are ready to take the step from rebuilding to contention. Shields and Ervin Santana have been great, and they're close, but the offense needs to pick things up for them to be a real threat in the AL Central.
Los Angeles Angels (20-27)
The Angels look awfully good on paper for the second straight season, but that hasn't translated to wins on the field so far. The reworked starting rotation has been subpar, and the slow start of Josh Hamilton has not helped things offensively. Getting Jered Weaver back healthy and Hamilton going at the plate will give them a chance, but they've got an uphill battle ahead of them.
Los Angeles Dodgers (19-26)
With the highest payroll in the National League, the Dodgers were expected to be serious title contenders this season. Instead, they have failed to come together as a team and have dealt with a number of injuries early on. They're an awful lot better than they're playing and have the best chance to turn things around in my opinion. How much longer will Don Mattingly keep his job, though?
Milwaukee Brewers (18-27)
The Brewers made a late-season push toward the playoffs last season, and given how potent their offense is I certainly wouldn't rule out it happening again. The bullpen was their biggest issue last season, but this time around it's been the starting rotation. If a young arm or two can step up and shore things up, they have an outside shot.
Philadelphia Phillies (23-24)
Is it just me, or did the Phillies get really old, really fast? It appears their window of contention has closed, and with the contracts of Roy Halladay, Michael Young and Chase Utley coming off the books at the end of the season they may be poised to rebuild. Still, they're a talented, experienced group so it's too soon to completely count them out.
Toronto Blue Jays (20-27)
Turns out all those people calling the Blue Jays this season's version of the 2012 Marlins weren't all that far off. The offense has the potential to be dynamic and is starting to get on track. It's the pitching that has been the real issue, as the newly-acquired trio of Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and R.A. Dickey have been awful. If the pitching can right the ship, all the pieces are there for this team to make a serious run. That looks like a big "if" though.