As long as Jim Thome is still active in this game we will be trying to get him a championship. 2009 was no different. He was sent to the Mets as they attempted to win back to back championships. That didn't happen. San Diego and Boston made the World Series and San Diego emerged victorious. This year Thome rides with Boston. Currently Boston is stuck in 3rd in the East behind Baltimore and Tampa. There is plenty of time left in the season for Boston to make a run or trade Thome to a more likely champion.
Here is a quick look around the league:
AL East - All teams are within 6.5 games at the end of May. Boston is strongest on paper, but Baltimore had the best run differential in the league last year and missed the playoffs. Everyone else is there but probably too mediocre to bad. New York is really building a good offense down on the farm, when they find pitching it should get interesting.
AL Central - Detroit is trying to run away and hide with the division. I'm guessing they do. Minnesota and Chicago could be in the wild card picture. I don't know what happened to Cleveland, they look like they should be good. Kansas City is not good at the moment.
AL West - Oakland has all but won the division. There isn't much to say about the other teams right now other than they have decent farm systems. Texas spent a boat load of cash on 1 player, we'll see if this can pay off for them in the coming years.
NL East - New York, Atlanta, and Florida are all pretty good, I'd guess Atlanta wins. Regardless the other 2 will be in the Wild Card race. Philly and Washington are a ways off at this point. It is odd living in a world where the Mets routinely decent.
NL Central - Pittsburgh has a good team but has been alternating between winning the division and finishing 3rd. They are supposed to finish 3rd this year. That means the Cubs or Brewers will win the division. Based on that last sentence I'll pick the Brewers, although the offense is suspect.
NL West - Arizona and San Diego will fight this out until the end. Los Angeles might hang around. I don't like their chances though. Colorado is stuck in the middle and probably wishes they could lose a few more games. San Francisco isn't good.
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