MLB Betting: Ranking Top Offenses in American League for 2015

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, February 15, 2015 2:06 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 2:06 PM GMT

This baseball betting advisor shares MLB preseason predictions in regards to the top five offensive clubs in the American League for the 2015 season.

Top 5 Offensive Powerhouses in the AL
In this article I’m going to embark on a preseason rating of my top five American League offensive teams heading into the 2015 MLB season. This will also aid you when looking at AL futures on the MLB betting odds page.

 

Toronto Blue Jays Projected 2015 Lineup
1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Russell Martin C

3. Jose Bautista OF

4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B

5. Josh Donaldson 3B

6. Justin Smoak DH

7. Michael Saunders OF

8. Maicer Izturis SS

9. Dalton Pmpey OF

The Toronto Blue Jays projected starting lineup possesses power from the top right through to the number seven spot in the order. The offseason acquisitions of catcher Russell Martin, third basemen Josh Donaldson, outfielder Michael Saunders, and DH Justin Smoak potentially makes Toronto one of the more formidable offensive teams in all of baseball. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are dynamic in the middle of the order, and Jays fans can only hope both players remain relatively healthy in 2015.

 

Detroit Tigers Projected 2015 Lineup
1. Ian Kinsler 2B

2. Rajaj Davis OF

3. Miguel Cabrera 1B

4. J.D. Martinez DH

5. Yoenis Cespedes OF

6. Nick Castellanos 3B

7. Alex Avila C

8. Anthony Gose OF

9. Jose Iglesias SS

When Miguel Cabrera is healthy, you would be hard pressed to find a more dangerous hitter in baseball. J.D. Martinez was a nice trade acquisition that was acquired from the Houston Astros a season ago. Ian Kinsler and Rajaj Davis give the Tigers some much needed speed at the top of the order which they’ve sorely lacked in recent years. Cuban refugee Yoenis Cespedes will be with his third team in the past two seasons, and certainly has the ability to produce big numbers in the middle of this lineup (keep this in mind when planning your MLB picks).

The one notable omission you may have noticed is Victor Martinez. His status to start the season is unclear at this point due to offseason knee surgery. Some reports have indicated that he may possibly be ready to return by opening day. Martinez finished second to the Angels Mike Trout in the 2014 American League MVP balloting. He concluded the 2014 campaign with 32 home runs, 103 RBI’s, and hit .335.

 

Boston Red Sox Projected 2015 Lineup
1. Mookie Betts OF

2. Dustin Pedroia 2B

3. David Ortiz DH

4. Hanley Ramirez OF

5. Pablo Sandoval 3B

6. Rusney Castillo OF

7. Mike Napoli C

8. Xander Boegaerts SS

9. Christian Vazquez

The Red Sox really made a splash this offseason by acquiring former Dodger Hanley Ramirez, in addition to Pablo Sandoval who spent the last seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Ramirez played in only 128-games last season due to injury. However, he still managed to bang out 13 home runs and amass 71 RBI’s while hitting a solid .283. Ramirez gives the Red Sox a lot of flexibility because he can play the outfield, shortstop, or third base. Sandoval is a career .294 hitter, and hit 12 home runs or more in each of the past six seasons. Sandoval has also appeared in 39 postseason games with the Giants, and hit a sizzling .344 in 154 at bats.

Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz remain staples in the Red Sox lineup, with both players having impressive career offensive numbers. The wild card in this lineup is leadoff hitter Mookie Betts. After being called up from AAA Pawtucket a season ago, Betts hit .291, belted 5 home runs, and had seven stolen bases in just 52-games.

 

Los Angeles Angels Projected 2015 Lineup
1. Kole Calhoun OF

2. Mike Trout OF

3. Albert Pujols 1B

4. Matt Joyce OF

5. David Freese 3B

6. C.J. Cron DH

7. Erick Aybar SS

8. Josh Rutledge 2B

9. Chris Iannetta C

The one player missing from my projected opening day lineup is Josh Hamilton. Hamilton recently went through offseason shoulder surgery after simple rest wasn’t the solution. Hamilton played in just 89-games a season ago, and suffered through the worst year of his career. He will be an enigma at best when he returns.

It will also be interesting to see if Albert Pujols has recovered from Plantar Fasciitis issues. Although the majority of players would love to have his 2014 performance line of 35 home runs and 105 RBI’s. Mike Trout was the 2014 American League MVP hitting .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBI’s, and also had 16 stolen bases.

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Houston Astros Projected 2015 Lineup
1. Jose Altuve 2B

2. Luis Valbuena 3B

3. Evan Gattis DH

4. Chris Carter 1B

5. George Springer OF

6. Colby Rasmus OF

7. Jed Lowrie SS

8. Jake Marsinchik OF

9. Jason Castro C

At this point you may think I’m due for a psychological evaluation after including the Houston Astros as one of my top five American League offensive teams. You will get no argument from me regarding my mental health, but it’s certainly not because I placed the Astros on this list.

Houston possesses arguably the best leadoff hitter in baseball right now in 5’6 second basemen Jose Altuve. All he did a season ago was hit .341, steal 56 bases, and pound out 225 hits. The middle of the lineup although being relatively unknown, potentially can be lethal. Newly acquired Evan Gattis hit 43 home runs in his only two seasons in the majors as a part time player for the Atlanta Braves. Clean up hitter Chris Cater has accumulated 66 home runs and 170 RBI’s in the last two seasons for the Astros. Then there’s 25-year old George Springer who was called up to the major league level for the first time in 2014. In 78-games, Springer hit 20 home runs, and knocked in 52-runs.

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