The Wacky - Amazing - American League

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by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

We are a quarter of the way through the season and does anyone know what the heck is going on in the American League?

The Astros are great, the Yankees and Red Sox are good, and the AL Central is playing terrible, and this includes my beloved Cleveland Indians. The Angels are doing their best to hang in the AL West and have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and the early rookie of the year in Shohei Otani.

Only 6 of the 15 teams have winning records in the league and four of those teams come from the AL West alone. The Indians, who were believed by some to win the AL crown, can’t seem to string anything together early on and currently lead the AL Central with a lackluster 24-24 start.

The interesting thing about all of this is that the American League has the three best records in baseball. How does a league that only has six winning teams have the best three records in baseball? 

Well, I’m going to do my best to answer that for you.

The Astros are the best team in baseball without a shadow of a doubt. A big reason for this is the fact that they have the best starting rotation in the majors. They have only allowed 128 runs through 51 games. That is 53 runs fewer than the next best team in the Boston Red Sox. When you add in Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman, this team is filthy and a definite World Series contender.

Let’s move on to the other two teams. You have the Red Sox and Yankees who are quite similar. They both have decent starting pitchers and amazing closers. The difference for me is that the Red Sox have Mookie Betts and Chris Sale. Now don’t get me wrong Yankees fans, I understand that you have Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton which is why they currently have the third best record in baseball - I just think Boston is a little more well-rounded. I do believe both teams are World Series contenders, but it will be tough for either to get past the Astros.

I would also recommend that no one sleeps on the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, or the Cleveland Indians. I strongly believe you are going to see both the Angels and the Indians do nothing but improve through the rest of the season. With the loss of Robinson Cano, it’s hard for me to believe that Seattle will continue to be a threat, but as we’ve seen thus far in the AL, anything can happen in this crazy league and it should be fun to watch the rest of the way!

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