This season was an interesting one in the American League East, with multiple teams in this division that were given chances to win the American League pennant. The New York Yankees were the favorite to win this division going into the season, but this division belonged to just about everyone else in 2023. Here, we look at this year’s AL East season.
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Baltimore Orioles: A Pleasant Surprise
The New York Yankees were the favorites to win this division, as they looked to repeat as division champions this season. But things in New York were a struggle this season, while the Baltimore Orioles have become the class of the AL East. Baltimore has an explosive offense, and just enough pitching to get the job done, as they not only won the AL East, but they won home-field advantage in the American League postseason.
Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays: Postseason Bound
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays both made the postseason as well, doing so as Wild Card teams. The Rays were one of the best teams in baseball this season, but finished just a couple of games short of the Orioles in the AL East standings. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays barely qualified for the playoffs themselves, just hold off the Seattle Mariners for the final Wild Card spot by one game.
Red Sox and Yankees: Misery Loves Company
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are hated rivals, but they are together at the bottom of the AL East this season. The Yankees are especially disappointing in this spot, as they were expected to contend for a title this year. But they have never managed to get their offense up and running this season, while the Red Sox have not been consistently strong enough with their pitching to contend for this division crown.