Sep 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
2. Detroit Tigers
A year after winning the division and falling apart in the playoffs, many of the same questions remain for the Tigers. This offseason didn’t see some problem areas get addressed, and it could come back to hurt the club.
David Price is going to be a key cog once again in the rotation, and it should be expected that Justin Verlander returns to form. That said, the health of Anibal Sanchez is a question mark, and Rick Porcello is gone. Alfredo Simon looks more like a one year wonder than a reliable starting piece, and that could spell disaster for the Tigers. They are going to hit, and bringing in Yoenis Cespedes only makes the lineup that more dangerous. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees, something Boston found out all too well.
Look for the Tigers to lead the division for much of the season, but despite having the pieces to win it, bullpen and lack of consistency might be what ends up catching up to them in the long run.