Looking Back At The American League’s First Half Of The 2018 MLB Season

Before Opening Day, I had made predictions for each of the divisions all around the MLB. Let’s take a quick look at where we are at with all 30 teams in their respective divisions as the second half of the season begins.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST DIVISION

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1. BOSTON RED SOX (68-30)

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

DH J.D. MARTINEZ: .328 AVG, 29 HR, 80 RBI

OF MOOKIE BETTS: .359 AVG, 23 HR, 51 RBI

PITCHING

SP CHRIS SALE: (10-4), 2.23 ERA, 188 K

RP CRAIG KIMBREL: 1.77 ERA, 30 SV

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 1ST PLACE

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2. NEW YORK YANKEES (62-33)

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

OF AARON JUDGE: .276 AVG, 25 HR, 60 RBI

DH GIANCARLO STANTON: .278 AVG, 23 HR, 55 RBI

2B GLEYBER TORRES: .294 AVG, 15 HR, 42 RBI

PITCHING

SP LUIS SEVERINO: (14-2), 2.31 ERA, 144 K

RP AROLDIS CHAPMAN: 1.35 ERA, 26 SV

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 2ND PLACE; MAKES WILD CARD GAME

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3. TAMPA BAY RAYS (49-47)

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

1B C.J. CRON: .256 AVG, 19 HR, 49 RBI

C WILSON RAMOS: .297 AVG, 14 HR, 53 RBI

PITCHING:

SP BLAKE SNELL: (12-5), 2.27 ERA, 134 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 5TH PLACE

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4. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (43-52)

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

1B JUSTIN SMOAK: 245 AVG, 16 HR, 52 RBI

OF TEOSCAR HERNANDEZ: .257 AVG, 15 HR, 39 RBI

PITCHING

SP J.A. HAPP: (10-6), 4.29 ERA, 121 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 3RD PLACE

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5. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (28-69)

KEY PLAYERS

OFFENSE

OF ADAM JONES: .275 AVG, 10 HR, 36 RBI

3B DANNY VALENCIA: .251 AVG, 9 HR, 27 RBI

SS MANNY MACHADO: .315 AVG, 24 HR, 65 RBI (TRADED TO THE DODGERS)

DH MARK TRUMBO: .251 AVG, 12 HR, 28 RBI

PITCHING

SP DYLAN BUNDY: (6-9), 4.35 ERA, 113 K

SP KEVIN GAUSMAN: (4-7) 4.33 ERA, 97 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 4TH PLACE

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians

1. CLEVELAND INDIANS (52-43)

KEY PLAYERS:

SS FRANCISCO LINDOR: .291 AVG, 25 HR, 62 RBI

JOSE RAMIREZ: .302 AVG, 29 HR, 70 RBI

MICHAEL BRANTLEY:  .308 AVG, 12 HR, 56 RBI

PITCHING

SP COREY KLUBER: (12-5), 2.75 ERA, 132 K

SP TREVOR BAUER: (8-6), 2.24 ERA, 175 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 1ST PLACE

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

2. MINNESOTA TWINS (44-50)

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

OF EDDIE ROSARIO: .311 AVG, 19 HR, 60 RBI

SS/3B EDUARDO ESCOBAR: .271 AVG, 14 HR, 57 RBI

PITCHING

RP FERNANDO RODNEY: 3.12 ERA, 21 SV

SP JOSE BERRIOS: (9-7), 3.68 ERA, 127 K

SP KYLE GIBSON: (4-6), 3.42 ERA, 114 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 2ND PLACE

Nick Castellanos

DETROIT TIGERS (41-57)

KEY PLAYERS:

 

OFFENSE

OF NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS: .305 AVG, 15 HR, 56 RBI

PITCHING

RP JOE JIMENEZ: 2.72 ERA, 3 SV

SP MICHAEL FULMER: (3-9), 4.50 ERA, 93 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 5TH PLACE

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4. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (33-62)

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

OF AVISAIL GARCIA: .282 AVG, 9 HR, 17 RBI

1B JOSE ABREU: .253 AVG, 13 HR, 52 RBI

PITCHING

SP REYNALDO LOPEZ: (4-7), 3.91 ERA, 82 K

RP JOAKIM SORIA: 2.75 ERA, 14 SV

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 4TH PLACE

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5. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS: .249 AVG, 19 HR, 58 RBI

C SALVADOR PEREZ: .221 AVG, 13 HR, 41 RBI

PITCHING

SP DANNY DUFFY: (5-8), 4.59 ERA, 103 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 3RD PLACE

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST DIVISION

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HOUSTON ASTROS

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

3B ALEX BREGMAN: .288 AVG, 20 HR, 64 RBI

OF GEORGE SPRINGER: .249 AVG, 15 HR, 46 RBI

2B JOSE ALTUVE: .332 AVG, 9 HR, 44 RBI

PITCHING

SP CHARLIE MORTON: (11-2), 2.96 ERA, 146 K

SP GERRIT COLE: (10-2), 2.52 ERA, 177 K

SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: (9-5), 2.29 ERA, 172 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 1ST PLACE

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2. SEATTLE MARINERS

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

2B DEE GORDON: .283 AVG, 1 HR, 22 RBI

OF MITCH HANIGER: .272 AVG, 18 HR, 67 RBI

PITCHING

SP JAMES PAXTON: (8-4), 3.70 ERA, 155 K

SP MARCO GONZALES: (10-5), 3.41 ERA, 98 K

RP EDWIN DIAZ: 2.25 ERA, 36 SV

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 3RD PLACE

Jed Lowrie

3. OAKLAND A’S

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

2B JED LOWRIE: .285 AVG, 16 HR, 62 RBI

DH KHRIS DAVIS: .248 AVG, 21 HR, 64 RBI

PITCHING

SP FRANKIE MONTAS: (5-2), 3.35 ERA, 30 K

SP SEAN MANAEA: (9-6), 3.42 ERA, 83 K

RP BLAKE TREINEN: 0.94 ERA, 24 SV

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 5TH PLACE

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4. LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM

KEY PLAYERS:

OFFENSE

1B ALBERT PUJOLS: .251 AVG, 16 HR, 52 RBI

SS ANDRELTON SIMMONS: .313 AVG, 6 HR, 41 RBI

OF MIKE TROUT: .310 AVG, 25 HR, 50 RBI

DH SHOHEI OHTANI: .283 AVG, 7 HR, 22 RBI

PITCHING

SP ANDREW HEANEY: (5-6), 3.78 ERA, 102 K

SP TYLER SKAGGS: (7-5), 2.57 ERA, 105 K

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 2ND PLACE; MAKES WILD CARD GAME

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5. TEXAS RANGERS

KEY PLAYERS:

OF JOEY GALLO: .187 AVG, 22 HR, 51 RBI

DH SHIN-SOO CHOO:  .293 AVG, 18 HR, 43 RBI

PITCHING

SP COLE HAMELS: (5-8), 4.36 ERA, 109 K

RP KEONE KELA: 3.27 ERA, 23 SV

BEFORE OPENING DAY PREDICTION: 4TH PLACE

The second of the 2018 MLB season begins tomorrow. With the Angels not doing very well, I expect the Mariners to take their spot in the Wild Card game.

AL East Division predictions before Opening Day

AL Central Division predictions before Opening Day

AL West Division predictions before Opening Day

Do you like where your team is at in the American League? Be sure let us know what you think by tweeting @TheUtilityMan17 on Twitter!

Lucas Talbot

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