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20 Bold Predictions for the AL East

Nothing ever happens the way things are predicted - so here are 20 bold predictions for this season in the AL East.

1. Every team has a record 81-81 or better.

2. The fourth-place team is within 5 games of first.

3. Manny Machado is this year's Derek Jeter, missing most of 2014 on an injury that should've healed by or soon after Opening Day.

4. Brian Roberts actually has an above-replacement level season.

5. Koji Uehara flops - but somebody not currently on the 40-man roster locks down Boston's 9th innings from mid-July on.

6. Jose Reyes puts up a season to remember.

7. Masahiro Tanaka and Xander Bogaerts appear favorites to win Rookie-of-the-Year, but lose out to "Random Minor Leaguer" from Houston.

8. James Loney is not worth his contract at all.

9. Ben Zobrist plays an inning or more at every position except catcher - including pitching two innings in a 21-inning marathon against the New York Yankees.

10. The Red Sox put up a horrendous first two months, but after they shave their beards in the first week of June, they start winning.

11. Derek Jeter actually bats low in the order for a few games during a severe slump.

12. Michael Pineda and Chris Archer lead the AL with 21 wins

13. Whoever closes for the Orioles outpitches Grant Balfour.

14. Chris Davis doesn't become a HR machine again - but he does lead the league in batting average.

15. Ubaldo Jimenez goes 8-1 with a 0.97 ERA before the All-Star Break, but 1-5 with a 9.45 ERA after it, sent to the DL with "arm fatigue" in the middle of August.

16. Nobody makes a blockbuster trade at the trade deadline - but a minor, swap scrap heaps kind of trade pays dividends for the Blue Jays, as whomever they trade for leads the team down the stretch.

17. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner combine for 114 SB.

18. Dellin Betances and David Robertson go to the All-Star Game.

19. Ichiro Suzuki is designated for assignment in August.

20. The Houston Astros have their way with the AL East, going 24-10 - including sweeping the Yankees to start the season.

Hey, it could happen, right?

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