Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sox The Team To Beat? Rios Thinks So

Alex Rios made a pretty strong declaration that he believed he Sox were the best in the division. And quite frankly, I think they are the team to beat as well.

The Sox offseason was highlighted by the addition of Adam Dunn, but was also incredibly well rounded as they return Pierzynski and Konerko as well as add Will Ohman and Jesse Crain.

Meanwhile the Twinks pretty much stood pat and the Tigers added Victor Martinez, but didn't do much else. Minnesota expects the return of Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau to take them to the next level. The Tigers did make their move, but adding a player like Martinez is not enough to lift a team like Detroit from where they were last year to a real contender this season.

The Sox have the best lineup they have had in many years, and the pitching staff (both starters and bullpen) is among the best in the American League.

The Twinks are going to continue being the team to beat in the Central because they always seem to find a way. But that's nit to say the Sox can't beat them. And if there is a team hat can do it, it's likely this one.

There's still a long way to go even before the season starts, but on paper, I really don't see how this team is not the best in the division.

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