American League, ranked by projected 2009 record
|15||Boston Red Sox||99||63||852||695||.270||.348||.434|
|13||New York Yankees||95||67||794||671||.263||.337||.415|
|6||Tampa Bay Rays||91||71||805||718||.254||.335||.416|
|5||Toronto Blue Jays||75||87||704||761||.253||.319||.403|
Fourth place. I don't even know what to say about that. Awesome? Unlikely? I do have the O's with about the same level of offense for 2009 (though with more OBP and less SLG), but with better pitching. I've been of the opinion that the 80 win projection from the team WAR is high due to natural home-team optimism, and so I've been bumping it down to 75-77 when people ask me about them. If the O's can find some pitching amongst the host of candidates they have auditioning, then a .500 season is definitely within reach. Crazy.