Oct 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) at bat during game three of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking The AL East Position By Position: The Final Rankings

Well, I’ve compiled all of my rankings so far. However, it remains to be seen who is truly the best all around team in the AL East. To get there, I had to some plenty of math– calculating the average rankings of all position players, then twice calculating the rankings of starting pitching and bullpen once (assuming that the starters will pitch twice as many innings as the bullpen, which is reasonable). Once I got there, I combined them all to come up with what is likely to be the top team on paper in the AL East.

1. New York Yankees: Experience will win over youth according to my rankings as the Yankees take the top spot. The top team in the AL East still appears to be the Yankees as they led the division with an average ranking of 3. However, their well-rounded team featuring good offense and solid pitching was better than any one of the one-sided teams, if not by much. The Yankees had top rated positions at first base (Mark Teixeira) and second base (Robinson Cano) and had the third best overall pitching in the league.

T2. Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox look like they will rebound from a trying 2012 season and try to put things back together in 2013. The Red Sox tied for the second highest ranking in the division, with an average ranking of 3.11. They were generally middle-of-the-road in the offensive rankings and the only thing placing them this high is their excellent bullpen which ranked first. They had one other top ranking at designated hitter in David Ortiz.

T2. Tampa Bay Rays: Despite a below average offense, the Rays managed to tie for the second spot due to excellent pitching once again, with an average ranking of 3.11. Young, quality pitching is basically their mantra again as that won out over the fact that they only had one top ranking. That was Evan Longoria at third base, who is of course, a bona fide star at his position.

4. Toronto Blue Jays: According to my rankings, the Blue Jays won’t improve much in division standings despite a number of big moves this offseason. Their offense ranked first in the division, as did their starting pitching, but their fifth-ranked bullpen really hurt them in the end– moving them down to an average ranking of 3.14. At individual positions, they ranked at the top of the heap in left field (Melky Cabrera) and right field (Jose Bautista). If the Blue Jays pick up a reliever at the deadline, though, they could be a force to be reckoned with.

5. Baltimore Orioles: Even though the O’s weren’t tremendously far behind the rankings, with a 3.44 average, it seems like their 2012 season may be at least a bit of a fluke. Their offense still ranked relatively highly, and they were top rated in center field (Adam Jones), while ranking second or third in many others. Their starting pitching, ranked last, is what hurt them most and brought them down to the bottom of the pack. They should still be a good team though.

One of the things that jumped out to me during these final rankings is just how close everybody is. Of course, we already knew the AL East would not be a division like the AL Central, where the Tigers are the clear favorites, but all of the rankings came within .44 points. I’m not necessarily predicting that this is how the AL East will turn out, those predictions may come later, but it may be a good indication purely on paper of how well each team will do.

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  • http://twitter.com/THE_FAKE_BOSH Syed

    This list is very bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.krewenki Andrew Krewenki

    The math to get the list seems really bad. I don’t know how you got your number for the blue jays. I get 2.5. The position players work out to 2.67 and the pitchers work out to 2.33. I don’t even see how a ranking in the 3′s would be possible.

  • JaysFan93

    So the team with the best offense and best starting rotation is going to end up in fourth place because they have an apparently terrible bullpen. Let’s ignore the fact that that is not true in the slightest (the only truth being that you know nothing about their bullpen), and that this all makes perfect sense.

    It actually makes very little sense to me why you went ahead and calculated your “rankings” after knowing they were terribly listed in quite a few places since people actually corrected you on them. You knowingly calculated incorrect numbers. For the Jays alone, you cost them 1 position on the ranks by placing Josh Thole as their starting catcher instead of Arencibia, who is the third best catcher in the division. The next mistake is on the same page where you list Chris Stewart as the Yankees starting C over Francisco Cervelli. At 1B the entire list is in shambles. The Jays first baseman is not Lind at 4th in the division, it’s Encarnacion at 1. He is followed by Teixeira and then you snub your own team by putting Napoli below Stewart. Napoli has a far better track record after posting the same value as Stewart last year so he takes third spot by a long shot. Then you have Stewart and then the only correct 1B rank you made, which is Loney at 5th. At 2B the rankings should be Cano, Pedroia, Bonifacio, Johnson, Roberts. You don’t even have any of those last three names listed. After this you went on a good run and got, in my opinion, the next four positions perfectly at SS, 3B, LF, CF. RF has four guys at the wrong spots. Zobrist is far ahead of Markakis and Victorino is significantly ahead of Ichiro. Finally, I have no idea at all what you did with DH. You have Ortiz, Encarnacion, Reimold, A-Rod, S-Rod… instead of Ortiz, Hafner, Lind, Betemit, Scott.

    You mention the Jays have the #1 RF and LF but forget that you ranked them with the #1 SS, along with the mistaken ranking where they should also have the #1 1B. You take a total dump on their bullpen, completely disregarding Darren Oliver, Steve Delabar and Esmil Rogers. Their bullpen as it stands looks better on paper or at least comparable to that of the Yankees.

    With the best Offense and the best Starting Pitching, accompanied by a passable bullpen, the Jays are the clear favorites in the AL East. They are very very far from fourth place.

  • Guest

    Oh and apparently the Blue Jays are not currently a force to be reckoned with. They need pick up a reliever at the deadline for that to be possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.yavis Derek Yavis

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  • David

    what a homer. omg just typical boston is it not. BOSTON sucks. How?? How …how can you suggest the bluejays arent the favorite. cnnsi has them ranked the second best team in baseball barely behind the nationals.

    conor really if you want to be a reporter get a grip on reality. if you want to be a homer keep it to the bars on yawkey way. where they are delusional too.

    It is over Boston. Deal.

  • Soberthought

    Wow, this is poor reporting, just think someone had to approve this article, just shows how little knowledge rules SI and how much sentiment comes into play.

  • Mdhen

    I guess this is why you shouldn’t really dignify useless dribble from a 15 year old. While your rankings are completely possible, they are hardly based on reality or as other commentors have noted, correct information. Your flawed logic clearly shows a bias towards your team, which I don’t think you can be faulted for, but if you are trying to develop a following and show your stripes as a credible source, you should probably not write garbage like this. The Red Sox will finish no better than third and more likely fourth or fifth. They did nothing to really shore up a horrible pitching staff and the players that were acquired are marginal at best. Especially when you consider the cost of Victorino versus the likes of Nick Swisher (cost and production). As a practical matter, on paper, the Blue Jays are the team to beat in the AL East. Does that presume many things, yes, but it is hard to argue that they did not dramatically improve their position based on their offseason. Could it all crumble, a la the 2012 Miami Marlins, yes; however, without any stats and without the season in full swing, I think you need to be a tad bit balanced.

    Merely constructive criticism. Your writing style and grammar is good. Now you just need to remove yourself from the utterly biased articles.