The Junior Circuit: 2012 AL Outlook

The American League’s 2011 season culminated in quite possibly the best

The Rangers have won the American League each of the past two seasons. Which team can beat them in 2012?

finish of all time – two walk off wins coming within three minutes of one another determined the winner of the Wild Card, the Tampa Bay Rays. The division winners were the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. In the ALCS, Texas bested Detroit in six games before losing to the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Detroit’s Justin Verlander took both the American League Cy Young and MVP awards — the first time since 1986 that a starter won both honors in the same season.

Will any team challenge the three reigning division champs? Who will take the two wild card spots? Find out after the jump: Continue reading