In February I predicted how I thought the AL East would pan out in 2013. Well, the season is now over, it's time to revisit my predictions and see how I did.
This is my 2013 AL East recap and prediction revisit. Now the order I will look at my predictions in is from last to first in how it really happened.
So of course, we start with the Blue Jays. Here's my prediction from February.
Needless to say I completely missed the mark on this one. Not only did they Jays miss the playoff, but they weren't even close finishing in the AL East in 5th place with a record of 74-88 (.457), 23 games back of 1st. The 2013 Jays proved again that countless people with talent doesn't mean winning. You still need chemestry and it didn't appea the Jays ever meshed as a team. They no doubt improved on their 2012 finish, but only by a game. So yeah, I missed this one by a large margin, but a lot of other people did too, I don't remember how many article I read that had the Jays in the playoffs in 2013, they were favorites. Obviously, that didn't happen.
Next come the Yankees, here's my prediction from February.
So that's one for me. I got the placement in the final standings right, well close enough. They finished tied for third with an 85-77 (.525) record. What defined the 2013 Yankees? Injuries. They had Teixeira for 15 games, Jeter for 17 games. Kevin Youkilis went down after 28 games in pinstripes. Thankfully the 2013 Yankees won't be remembered for their injuries it will be remembered for being the final season for both Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Regardless of division rivalries, these are two of the best at their respective positions to ever play the game. They will be missed and they are sure fire hall of famers. So while the Yankees didn't win any championships this year, it is still a season to remember in Yankees lore, and baseball lore. I guarantee they bounce back in 2014. Take it to the bank.
Also finishing in third are the Baltimore Orioles, here's what I wrote in the preseason with my prediction.
So this is one I did nail spot on placement wise. The O's finished tied for third with the aforementioned Yankees. Obviously with the same record of 85-77 (.525) the Yankees had, good for 12 games back of 1st place. The O's didn't live up to the hype of 2012. They by no means did horrible, being in the Wild Card race until the last week of the season. They also still secured a winning season. What we did see of note from the O's in 2013 was the emergence of "Crush" Davis. In 584 ABs in 2013, Davis hit .286 with 53 HRs and 138 RBIs, leading the league in the last two. The team also took home 3 Gold Gloves (Machado 3B, Hardy SS, Jones CF). Further awards are still to be announced, who knows what else they'll win. In short, the O's didn't make the postseason, but it was a successful season for the O's. I would look for them to build on that in 2014.
In second place in 2013 were our Rays, here's what I said before spring training.
Another one I had the placement of but not the record. The Rays saw the playoffs as the wild card as I predicted. However they only won 92 games. Which is still quite the accomplishment. The Rays offense was much improved in 2013 and the defense was back to what we expect of the Rays: spectacular. Finishing with the 2nd best defense in all of baseball. All four of the Rays' infielders were nominated for Gold Gloves but lost. The signings of Loney and Kelly Johnson along with the acquisitions of both Escobar and Myers played HUGE in to how the season played out for the Rays. Let's not also forget about the late-season acquisition of David DeJesus. Andrew Friedman is a freaking genius. In short, the 2013 Rays were something to be extremely proud of, even though they didn't win the ultimate prize. In 2014, I expect something similar, but we'll tackle that in more detail in 2014 right before Spring Training. I'm proud of our team.
Last, finishing in first place were, you guessed it, the Red Sox. Here's what I said before spring training.
Well I missed that one by a little bit. ...What? OKAY! I missed it by a lot. Talk about a season out of left field. The Red Sox not only won the division with a record of 97-65 (.599), 5.5 games ahead of second place, but they also won the league's pennant and they're the World Champions. Who'da thunk it?
Only thing I ask is u believe now ! Don't jump on later . Boston doesn't have bandwagon fans ! It's going to be special and we want the city to make a huge advantage all year for us . Get loud ! Thx everyone lets go— Dustin Pedroia (@15Lasershow) March 28, 2013
Oh. Well...anyway, they were not only not in rebuilding mode but the bearded ones won the whole dang thing! It just goes to show how important having the right manager is. They also have Dustin Pedroia winning the Gold Glove at 2B. Big Papi was literally unstoppable in the World Series. It was a dream season for the Sox. Worst to First. Not much more needs to be said. In 2014, a repeat is possible. Keep an eye on the Sox this offseason, they might do something big.
Well there ya go, that's the recap of the 2013 season in the AL East, I was accurate with some predictions and completely missed the mark with others. How did you do in your predictions? Comment below and tell me.