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Power Rankings: With Jays on ascent, AL East could get real interesting

by | Baseball Writer

As we inch ever so closely to the halfway point of the 2013 season, it's rather obvious which divisional race appears to be the best. That would be the NL West, where four teams are within two games and the team in last place has enough talent to jump back into things.

But you know what else could get awesome? Like insanely stupid?

The American League East.

The Red Sox have been the best of the bunch so far, but now Clay Buchholz is on the disabled list and behind him the starting rotation has issues.

The Orioles are knocking at the door, but there are obvious pitching questions along with whether or not Chris Davis and Manny Machado can continue to hit the ball at such torrid paces.

The Yankees have stuck around all season, but that lineup is in complete tatters and there's no guarantee the injury issues are going to get resolved.

The Rays have been the bizarro Rays this year, getting good offensive work from unlikely sources, but also showing serious vulnerability on the mound. The return of David Price has to help, though, and Jeremy Hellickson can't be much worse.

And then we have the Blue Jays. Previously written off by many (no, not me -- I specifically said you can't count them out because they have too much talent), now the winners of seven straight and 10 of their past 12. They're still unlikely to win the division, due to the number of games they needed to make up when the hot streak started in addition to having four teams to leapfrog. But they absolutely can crawl into serious contention.

And if they do, we may well be looking at a race that hits September with five teams in striking distance.

Please feel free to contact me with comments either on Twitter (@MattSnyder27) or via email: matt.snyder@cbs.com. These were posted the morning of Wed., June 19. Any action coming after posting wasn't included here.


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