Guess who the only team in the AL or NL East is with a losing record? I'll write a little filler sentence here while you guess.... Time's up, it's Boston. Whether that surprised you or not (not is probably likely considering all the attention they get), it should be. Boston is damn good, they have a top 5 offense and what could be, if healthy, a solid pitching staff. Anyway, the point is that 9 of the 10 teams between the two divisions are .500 or better. You could easily call them the top two divisions in baseball. But which is better?
To settle this, I'll do something that will settle or prove nothing, but should be fun. I'll pick who I think are the "East All-Stars" to this point, and let them fight it out in an epic battle that takes place in YOUR mind. Let me know who wins!
*No DH's for fairness, sorry Papi
AL EAST NL EAST
1) Dustin Pedroia 2B Michael Bourn CF
2) Adam Jones CF David Wright 3B
3) Alex Rodriguez 3B Adam LaRoche 1B
4) Matt Wieters C Giancarlo Stanton LF
5) Ben Zobrist RF Carlos Ruiz C
6) Carlos Pena 1B Omar Infante 2B
7) JJ Hardy SS Martin Prado RF
8) Desmond Jennings LF Jose Reyes SS
AL EAST Rotation NL EAST Rotation
CC Sabathia Stephen Strasburg
David Price Roy Halladay
Jason Hammel Gio Gonzalez
Wei-Yin Chen Cole Hamels
Brandon Morrow Jordan Zimmerman
AL EAST Bullpen NL EAST Bullpen
Fernando Rodney Craig Kimbrel
David Robertson Tyler Clippard
Cory Wade Steve Cishek
More tough decisions than I anticipated! I would need to give the edge to AL East in hitting and defense, but I don't know how they could score more than a run or two against that rotation. What do you guys think I missed? Who do you think would win in a 7-game series?