MLB Division Preview: Will the Blue Jays Fly Away With the AL East Division?

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The American League East, home of some of the best rivalries in baseball. The Boston Red Sox look to prove the haters wrong after finishing at the bottom of the division last season. The Toronto Blue Jays hope Jose Bautista and their lethal lineup will carry them to the promise land. While the Yankees, Orioles, and Rays all look to answer some of the question marks heading into the year.

Zachary Swiecicki, Zach Barnes, and Will Thiede join one last time to talk about the AL East, a division that could produce three playoff teams.


The 2015 AL East standings. Zach, Zach, and Will predict some changes in 2016.

Team W L W-L% GB
Toronto Blue Jays 93 69 0.574
New York Yankees 87 75 0.537 6.0
Baltimore Orioles 81 81 0.500 12.0
Tampa Bay Rays 80 82 0.494 13.0
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 15.0

This season’s East division could come down to whoever is playing best in September.

Our 2016 AL East Projected Standings.

*American League lineups will include the designated hitter*

  1. Toronto Blue Jays


1 Marcus Stroman
2 Marco Estrada
3 R.A. Dickey
4 J.A. Happ
5 Aaron Sanchez

Opening Day Lineup

CF Kevin Pillar
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Chris Colabello
LF Michael Saunders
2B Ryan Goins
C Josh Thole


  1. Tampa Bay Rays


1 Chris Archer
2 Jake Odorizzi
3 Drew Smyly
4 Erasmo Ramirez
5 Matt Moore

Opening Day Lineup

2B Logan Forsythe
1B Logan Morrison
3B Evan Longoria
DH Corey Dickerson
LF Desmond Jennings
SS Brad Miller
RF Steven Souza Jr.
CF Kevin Kiermaier
C Curt Casali


  1. Boston Red Sox


1 David Price
2 Clay Buchholz
3 Eduardo Rodriguez
4 Rick Porcello
5 Joe Kelly

Opening Day Lineup

RF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
SS Xander Bogaerts
DH David Ortiz
1B Hanley Ramirez
3B Travis Shaw
LF Brock Holt
C Blake Swihart
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.


  1. New York Yankees


1 Masahiro Tanaka
2 Michael Pineda
3 Nathan Eovaldi
4 Luis Severino
5 CC Sabathia

Opening Day Lineup

CF Jacoby Ellsbury
LF Aaron Hicks
DH Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Carlos Beltran
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
2B Starlin Castro
SS Didi Gregorius


  1. Baltimore Orioles


1 Chris Tillman
2 Yovani Gallardo
3 Kevin Gausman
4 Ubaldo Jimenez
5 Mike Wright

Opening Day Lineup

3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
C Matt Wieters
DH Pedro Alvarez
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Jonathan Schoop
LF Joey Rickard