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The Red Seat Podcast: Who is the real beast of the AL East?

In this episode Keaton and I breakdown the division team by team to decide who reigns supreme.

Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Good morning and welcome back to another edition of “The Red Seat” podcast. On today’s episode something unique occurred. As we started the episode it was the first time in over 40 days that the Red Sox were not in sole possession of first place in the American League East. While the Red Sox continue to truck along, the Rays, and to a lesser extent the Yankees, have been on some pretty impressive hot streaks.

Tampa Bay, who have rattled off 11 wins in a row, now sit alone atop the division with a half-game lead on the Red Sox. The hard-charging Yankees have won six games in a row and are just a half-game back of the hometown boys. Needless to say, things are tight.

During this episode we spend the bulk of our time assessing all five teams in the division in the following categories:

  1. Lineup: Who has the strongest lineup in the division? We explore this starting at the worst team and moving up.
  2. Starting Rotation: Which group is really the best and how much does consistency matter versus top-end talent?
  3. Bullpen: Who has the best pieces as well as current health that make this unit and advantage is such a tight race?
  4. Team Defense: What do the numbers say? We use team Def from FanGraphs, UZR, and errors to assess this category. Predictably this one played out with the most variance.
  5. Overall: Which team is positioned best to lead the division moving forward?

Lastly, we answered a bunch of your listener questions before ending the show.

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