That Tigers pitching lineup is looking similar to the 90's Braves and like the Braves, they can't seem to win in the postseason. Still, it's looking like a Tigers/A's ALCS.
I'm a Yankee fan and I was pretty happy with how they made out yesterday. They weren't really in the position to make any big moves but Cashman definitely did all that he could.
I found the Red Sox's moves to be pretty strange. They don't seem willing to enter a full rebuilding mode, trading for guys like Cespedes and Craig instead of big prospects who they'll have control of for a long time. Maybe they're banking on Lester signing back. And I actually like the Price trade for Tampa Bay. They're not completely giving up on the season but at the same time, getting a return for someone who clearly did not want to be there anymore.
Putting all this aside, there's a pretty clear big two in the American League right now and it's Oakland and Detroit. It's hard to really see anyone beating those two teams.
Pretty much agree. The Yankees didn't make any blockbuster trades, but they did address their infield issues with Headley, Prado and Drew. Pitching is still an issue, but it's more of a health issue than talent. That pitching staff, when healthy, is one of the better rotations in the league. Boston... they got rid of some dead weight like Peavy, but unless the Red Sox have some great pitching prospects coming up through the system, I don't see how they can improve. Then again, the Red Sox have had a strange few years going from shit to champs to shit this year.