Today we head back into our preview of the upcoming 2013 Major League Baseball Season. Every day we’ll spotlight a different division and tell you what to look for from each team, and what the keys will be for each team to have a chance at the World Series. Today, we continue our coverage with the AL Central.
Hilaritan’s Projected 2013 AL Central Standings
- Kansas City
2012 Record: 88-74, first place. Lost World Series to San Francisco.
Biggest Offseason Move: The Tigers weren’t content with staying pat after getting swept in the World Series last year. They went out and acquired Torii Hunter, which should give the team a great chance to push the World Series to five games this year before bowing out.
How They Can Win the World Series: The Tigers only hit .159 last year in the World Series. So yea, actually getting hits would go a long way towards having a chance to win.
2012 Record: 68-94, fourth place. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: The Indians signed speedy outfielder Michael Bourn and brought in Terry Francona as their manager. This should help make a Cleveland sports team relevant for the first time since LeBron James played for the Cavaliers.
How They Can Win the World Series: Cleveland made a lot of moves that on paper should make them a Series contender. This should further add to the frustration for the fans once the Cleveland Sports Curse eventually kicks in.
Chicago White Sox
2012 Record: 85-77, second place. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: Chicago signed Jeff Keppinger to play third base following his career year in 2012 with Tampa Bay. Amazingly, this move didn’t result in any increase in season ticket sales or excitement among the Chicago fan base.
How They Can Win the World Series: The White Sox kept many of their core players from last year’s team, which finished with a solid winning record. The White Sox should be able to finish with a better record than the Cubs, which for the White Sox is pretty much as good as winning the World Series.
2012 Record: 66-96, fifth place. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: The Twins added some talented starting pitchers, such as Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, and Vance Worley. This, combined with their anemic offense, should make the Twins one of the most boring teams to watch in 2013.
How They Can Win the World Series: If the Twins can manage to not give up a single run the entire season, then they’ll probably win the World Series.
Kansas City Royals
2012 Record: 72-90, third place. Did not qualify for playoffs.
Biggest Offseason Move: The Royals added James Shields for their bullpen. If their team could ever have big leads late in the game, this would have been a really great move.
How They Can Win the World Series: They should add laser lights to their outfield waterfall show, and play it when the visiting team is up to bat. This should help distract them enough to give the Royals an unstoppable home field advantage.