The Orioles didn't have a great run differential in 2012, but they still made the playoffs with a 93-69 record in large part thanks to an excellent bullpen and homer-happy offense. Can they repeat the magic in 2013?
The Tampa Bay Rays can be offensively challenged at times, especially when Evan Longoria isn't in the lineup. Can they score enough runs in 2013 to support their excellent pitching staff? Or will they flail their way to another third place finish in the brutal AL East?
The Toronto Blue Jays made a series of offseason moves that have them sitting atop an AL East that is crumbling around them. Can they make good on the promise of a special 2013 season, or will they be just another high-priced also-ran in the AL playoff picture?
It's easy to point at the Oakland Athletics' 94 wins last year and think "overachievers," but the numbers suggest that they weren't too far off. Add in a couple upgrades at key positions and you have the makings of a contender.
The Los Angeles Angels were the media darlings to win it all in 2012. Now that the pressure has shifted elsewhere -- namely, Toronto -- the Angels can go about dominating the AL West in 2013 like they were supposed to last season.
The New York Mets might not be very good this season, but their future looks bright with a few good young players gaining experience at the big league level along with plenty of talent in the higher levels of the minor leagues.
Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington has quietly built the Pirates into a dark horse contender with home grown talent and a couple of shrewd acquisitions for veteran pitchers. While this may not be enough to get them over the hump this season, the Pirates' window will be opening soon.