Thursday, April 12, 2012

A.L. East Standings (April 12, 2012)

With a day off before Opening Day at Fenway Park, here is where the Red Sox stand after six games.

A.L. East

1. Tampa Bay Rays   (4-1)
2. Toronto Blue Jays   (4-2)
3. New York Yankees   (3-3)
4. Baltimore Orioles   (3-3)
5. Boston Red Sox   (1-5)

The slow start has put the Red Sox in a 3.5 game hole in the division and they are currently at the bottom of the entire American League.

Glass Half Empty: The bad feelings of the 2011 collapse, poor hitting, and a weak pitching staff could lead to a long summer on Yawkey Way.  For the third consecutive year, the Red Sox will not make the playoffs.

Glass Half Full: Bobby Valentine just needs more time to change the culture of the team and the impending returns of Daisuke Matsuzaka and Rich Hill will improve the pitching staff and Carl Crawford will prove the doubters wrong when he returns.  On top of that, there's no way Jacoby Ellsbury will continue to struggle at the plate and the extra Wild Card spot will give the team time to turn things around.

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