As the first month of the 2021 MLB campaign comes to a close, the American League East Division looks a lot different than many people expected. Coming as a very pleasant surprise, Boston currently sits in first place. The defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays sit at last. The Toronto Blue Jays are in second and the Baltimore Orioles are in third. The biggest shock so far is the New York Yankees being towards the bottom in fourth place.
Fifth Place: Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay appears to be experiencing a World Series hangover, which is the term for a team who struggles the season following an appearance in the fall classic. The Rays’ bats have been silent so far, as they rank 23rd statistically from the plate. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, they have arguably the best pitching staff, both in the starting rotation and bullpen.
Fourth Place: New York Yankees
The Yankees’ struggles have been one of the biggest surprises from this season so far. With a lineup including Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, it is hard to believe that New York would be ranked 19th offensively in the MLB. Their pitching staff, which includes Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, and Aroldis Chapman, has been a lot more solid. The Yankees pitching staff is ranked fifth in the MLB.
Third Place: Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles have done a decent job of keeping pace with the division so far this season. They currently sit at about a .500 record, which is an improvement from the way the O’s have started the season in the past few years. Baltimore’s pitching staff is nothing too special, but they have been able to get the job done on a somewhat consistent basis so far in 2021. The Orioles have not found their groove yet offensively, but there is still a lot of baseball left to play.
Second Place: Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto appears to have finally gotten their franchise back on track. They have been one of the better offensive teams so far, being led by Vlad Guerrero Jr and Bo Bichette. The Blue Jays have been throwing heat so far this season, with a team ERA of 3.47 and 214 strikeouts.
First Place: Boston Red Sox
The most pleasant surprise of this season so far is the success acheived by our beloved Red Sox. Boston’s pitching has come a very long way from where it was last season. Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta have both been lights out from the mound, and it is starting to rub off on the rest of the staff. The Red Sox have been on fire from the plate, as they have recorded the most hits by any club so far this year. J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, and Xander Bogaerts have led the way offinsively, hitting .361, .292, and .333 respectively.
Is Boston In A Position To Make A Miracle Run?
The Red Sox have a fire in their eyes this season that we have not seen since 2018. These guys are playing great baseball and having a lot of fun doing it. The team chemistry is definently there, as well as the talent. A deep playoff run or even a World Series appearance is definently possible, but we do not want to get to far ahead of ourselves just yet.