The mailbag is back. Questions were a little light this week, but keep them coming in at ( Today, we’ll look at the Yankees, Mets, and AL East predictions.

Easy, David.


Peter Asks:

I know it’s still very early in the season, but can you give us a prediction on the AL East predictions by the All-Star break?

It’s definitely hard to predict this because there are so many variables in play here. A major injury to the Yankees or Red Sox could completely change everything. As I’m writing this, the Yankees (13-8) currently hold a two-game lead over the Rays, 3.5 game leads over Toronto and Baltimore, and a four-game lead over Boston.

It’s tough to predict where these teams will be in July, but here’s just my prediction at the break.

  1. Yankees
  2. Red Sox
  3. Rays
  4. Orioles
  5. Blue Jays

Anything can happen, but that’s my best guess on April 29.

Jeff Asks:

The Mets are hot right now. Do you see them keeping this up?

The Mets have been beating up on the Diamondbacks and Nationals in the last week. The schedule gets a lot tougher, starting tonight in Philadelphia. They’ll face Joe Blanton tonight (who they should beat) before facing Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee on Sunday Night Baseball. If the Mets come away taking one game, it’s a positive in my book. After leaving Philly, they’ll come back home and play three against the Giants and three against the Dodgers before heading out West to take on the Rockies. It’ll be an interesting 12-game stretch for the Mets. We’ll really see what they’re made of.

Paul Asks:

What the heck is going on with Phil Hughes?

I talked about this on Wednesday, but this is 100% wait and see. Could this be the end of Phil Hughes? I hope not, but we’ll see.

The need for another top starting pitcher just became a pressing need for the Yankees because if the post-season were to start today, who would be the Yankees’ third starter? Bartolo Colon? As good as he’s been, I don’t want him out there in October.