Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 2/23/14
AMERICAN LEAGUE Baltimore Orioles - Although the Orioles do lack quality starting pitching, their offense and defense are so good, that it almost doesn’t matter. With a lineup set to be; Nick Markakis, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, no pitcher will have much success against them, and with the AL East weaker than ever, the Orioles short window to win is now, and they have the roster to do so. Kansas City Royals - The best defensive team in the game, some good hitters and a solid rotation, in a weakened central division is a recipe for success. The Royals have 3 current Gold Glover’s and 5 finalists, they have added Omar Infante and Norichika Aoki to the top of lineup, and Jason Vargas to the rotation. They have Eric Hosmer, a potential breakout player, Billy Butler a proven slugger and one of the best closer’s in the game; Greg Holland. With the Tigers and Indians weakening this off-season, 2014 is the year for the Royals to win the cen...
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