The American League East is similar to the American League Central in terms of competitive balance. There are a few really nice rosters and one team that really has no chance. The Chicago White Sox will get back to playing the boys from the East in 2021 and it is certainly a fun division to go up against. This AL East is full of teams with rich history and of course the best rivalry in the sport.
The Chicago White Sox should have a fun time playing against the AL East in 2021.
Everything in this division usually goes through the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They have combined to win four World Series titles since the White Sox last won in 2005. New York is the favorite to win the division right now as Boston has had two down years in a row. With Alex Cora coming back to manage them this year after his year-long suspension, don’t be too surprised if they are good once again this year as well.
Of course, there are also the Tampa Bay Rays. They were the best team in the American League in 2020 and rode that wave all the way to the AL Pennant. They lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games but there is no doubt that they are good. Despite losing Blake Snell in a big trade with the San Diego Padres, they should still be a really good team. Watch out for Tyler Glasnow as a sleeper in the 2021 AL Cy Young race.
The Toronto Blue Jays are a sneaky good team as well. There is a good chance they are still in the playoff race late in the season. They may or may not sneak in but they will be right there. They are a studly young team that has made some nice additions over the offseason. They landed the biggest everyday player free agent in George Springer so it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
If there was one team that probably didn’t have a chance to be competitive this year, it is the Baltimore Orioles. It would be cool to see them get back to good play because then this division would have every team cooking. Baseball is a little extra fun when a team like the Orioles is good too.
2021 Standings Prediction:
1. Tampa Bay Rays
2. New York Yankees
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Toronto Blue Jays
5. Baltimore Orioles
One of the worst parts about the short 60 game season last year was not seeing the White Sox play these teams. They are all fun teams with passionate fan bases and talented players all over the place. It will be good for the White Sox to face some of this talent as they try to take another big step here in 2021.