2014 AL Central

Chicago White Sox(63-99 in 2013; 5th place) Off-season acquisitions- Adam Eaton, Matt Davidson, Ronald Belisario, Scott Downs. Exceeding expectations in the 2012 season under first year manager Robin Ventura the White Sox took a major step back in the 2013 season. With the majority of the team getting close to retirement or just not experienced enough to have an expected impact this year; The White Sox are on pace to finish similar to last years mark. With a few young players like Avisail Garcia(22 yrs old), Adam Eaton(25 yrs old), & Matt Davidson(22 yrs old) the White Sox fans have a few players to pay attention to this season. Even with these young players and pitching ace Chris Sale the White Sox will come in last place for the second straight year in the AL Central.

Minnesota Twins(66-96 in 2013; 4th place) Off-season acquisitions- Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Pelfrey. After being a major player in the AL Central for most of the 2000s the Twins have dealing with injuries and an inconsistent pitching staff that has played a big factor in their failures to miss the playoffs. With a free agent heavy pitching staff the Twins look to surprise baseball fans by making the playoffs for the first time since 2010. I believe the streak of the Twins missing the playoffs continue as they finish in fourth place in the AL Central.

Kansas City Royals(86-76 in 2013; 3rd place) Off-season acquisitions- Jason Vargas, Norichika Aoki, Omar Infante, Danny Valencia. While the rise of the Royals have been talked about for the last handful of years. They took a positive step in that direction last year finishing over .500 for the first time since 2003. Plenty of expectations for this team to continue that success and finally make the playoffs since 1985(Won the World Series). With young star players like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, and pitching ace James Shields the Royals could do just that and possibly make the playoffs this year. Although they do have a legitimate ace in Shields the rest of the staff is questionable at best. While they finish this season for the second year in a row over .500 they come in third place.

Cleveland Indians(92-70 in 2013; 2nd place) Off-season acquisitions- David Murphy, Shaun Marcum, Matt Treanor, Josh Outman, Nyjer Morgan, Jeff Francoeur, Elliot Johnson, Aaron Harang,  Justin Sellers. After exceeding expectations last year and making the wild card playoff game the Indians look to improve on their success and advance in the playoffs. With pitching ace Justin Masterson looking to build off of his 2013 season; Masterson leads as staff that 2-5 is made with rather questionable pitchers on how they will succeed this season. With a core lineup of Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana the lineup try to show the MLB world that an entire group can carry an offense instead of just having a few power bats. While the record might not be as good as last year I have the Indians finishing in 2nd place in the AL Central.

Detroit Tigers(93-69 in 2013; 1st place) Off-season Acquisitions- Ian Kinsler, Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi, Robbie Ray, Joe Nathan, Rajai Davis, Joba Chamberlain. After losing to the eventual World Series Champions in the 2013 playoffs the Tigers made some major changes this offseason. Manager Jim Leyland retired and the Tigers hired former MLB catcher Brad Ausmus, traded for 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler by trading away 1st baseman Prince Fielder. With much of the same lineup and pitching staff the Tigers remain the top team in the AL Central and a top team in the entire AL. With the recent injury to shortstop Jose Iglesias the Tigers are in desperate need to fill that big hole caused by his leg injuries. With arguably the best player & pitcher in the MLB the Tigers easily win the AL Central for the 4th straight season.

 

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