There are three teams this season that seem to stand out from the rest of the pack—the Red Sox, the Yankees, and the Phillies. All of these teams possess elite lineups, pitching rotations and bullpens.
The Phillies have baseball's best rotation by far, and have lots of young talent on offense. But their daily lineup production can be inconsistent, and that may be a downfall.
The Yankees are the most complete team in baseball, with a strong lineup all the way through, a great pitching rotation, and baseball's best bullpen. They are aging and at risk for declining production from many of their stars.
The Red Sox, though, stand above both of these teams. They have baseball's best lineup, including the scariest middle of the order in years. They have a pitching rotation that, if healthy, could challenge the Phillies as baseball's best. And though their bullpen can be shaky at times, you know Jonathan Papelbon will look to rebound from a mediocre year.
Any of these teams could win, as could some darkhorses. (Giants? Cardinals? Rangers? Pirates?)
Regardless, this will be a very fun season to watch.