Projected Runs Scored
Using the team pages from baseballprojection.com, I'm taking a guess at how much playing time everyone gets, making sure that all positions are covered and that outs (AB-H+CS) add up to 4100 per team. I'm not really paying attention to batting order, other than obvious stuff, like making sure Figgins has more projected PA than the catchers.
For the Angels I assume these starters:
SS Aybar/Izzy split
The west teams:
Since Texas couldn't win with 901 runs last year, I'm not worried about them. Their pitching is still crap. Oakland looks to have an improved offense, some of their guys just had off years and Holliday is a big plus. They only allowed 690 last year so 745 runs might make them a contender. But Oakland traded all their starters last year, and the team ERA was about a run and a half higher in the second half. They will need their young pitchers to develop quickly, and if I count them out, then they'll have 3 rookies with sub 3.50 ERA's. So, I will proclaim them a contender, and hope the reverse jinx works. Seattle's offense looks like San Francisco's last year. Scary as a baby kitten. Angels only scored 765 last year, so not much dropoff, and they'll go as far as the pitching takes them. We're not going to hand a closer 70 save opps again and beat pythag by 12 wins, but the Angels shouldn't have to - they still look to be kings of the west.
I ran the top 3 East teams as well. I get this:
Red Sox 866
That's after Tex. The American League dodged a bullet when the Red Sox were too cheap to get the Tex deal done. He's 30 runs better than Mike Lowell or Xavier Nady, so add 30 to the Red Sox and take 30 off the Yankees and that would have been ugly. The Red Sox are still a very good team, but they can be beat. I think if they had Tex they would have run away with the American League. The Rays offense looks about the same as last year, but they have room to make a big improvement if they can add a DH/OF like Milton Bradley.
I haven't looked at the central or NL. And I don't want to get too far into this until a few more free agents fall into place.