BREAKING DOWN THE AL EAST AFTER WEEK 1
AL East through 1 week:
Yankees: the Yanks have looked strong through their first 6 games, but not perfect. There are still many areas that I see, which they could improve upon. I mean, it's hard to judge a team after only 4 games, but no team in this league has had the "dream start" with everyone batting at an insane rate. One thing that is standing out at the moment, is the hitting of Giancarlo Stanton. His swing motion looks better than ever before. Watch out, he could propel them to the World Series if he keeps this up, if not the AL Championships, just like last year.
Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa came out of the gate with a loss to their div rival, the Blue Jays. But they managed to re-group and win Four straight. They now sit at 4-2 as they continue to look for a Division Title. Last time out, their bullpen cost them the game, as they allowed 5 runs in just 2 innings, in the later innings of the ball game. I will continue to watch their relievers, as that could be the area that teams could pick apart later on in the season. It's critical for them to be able to shut teams down late in ball games.
Toronto Blue Jays: The 3-3 Blue Jays have had an up and down start to the 2020 season. They weren't allowed to play in Canada, and they haven't even found a "set" home to play their Home Games this season because of the global pandemic. Last time out against the Nationals, they saw their 1st Round pick of the 2017 Draft throw 5 innings of scoreless baseball, in an epic battle against Max Scherzer. Surprisingly, that was his first start in the Majors, as he was injured. They lost that game in the end, but it was exactly what the Jays were hoping for, as Nate Pearson looks to become one of their ases, along with Ryu.
Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles have only played 4 games, as well as the Yankees. They haven't really found their groove yet, as they are only 2-2. In their last game, they gave up 9 runs. That makes it 28 runs that they have given up over their first 4 games of the season. Not exactly the way they were hoping. It's still early though, and they still are in striking distance. But I just don't see it happening with some of the power houses in this division.
Boston Red Sox: 2-4. Worst team in the division right now. What has happened to them. The Red Sox have not had the start of the season that they were hoping for at all. This leaves even less room for error in the shortened 2020 season. They did win, last time out, against the Mets 6-5, which could possibly spark a run in the coming days/weeks. They definitely have the talent to succeed, with guys like Benintendi, J.D. Martinez, Devers, and Bogaertz. But, they are going to have to step their game up, if they want a shot this season.
- Ben Burns
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Despite the Panthers having home field advantage, the Raiders are currently slight favorites. While that may have some leaning towards the home underdog, the Raiders are favored for a reason. Carolina has a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and a new starting QB. Under normal circurmstances, that might not be such a bad thing. After all, everyone is surely hungry to get the new era started with a win. However, these circumstances aren't normal. Due to the pandemic, the team hasn't had a chance to get together and that is likely to make adjusting to all the new faces/schemes difficult. Consider Oakland.