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X factors: Team-by-team keys

3/29/2011

We asked the SweetSpot bloggers to weigh in with a vital element to each team's success in 2011. Click on each link for their analysis or to check out their site.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles -- Zach Britton

Boston Red Sox -- Josh Beckett

New York Yankees --A.J. Burnett

Tampa Bay Rays -- Starting rotation

Toronto Blue Jays -- Aaron Hill and Yunel Escobar

AL Central

Chicago White Sox --Gordon Beckham

Cleveland Indians -- Matt LaPorta

Detroit Tigers -- Phil Coke

Kansas City Royals -- The prospects

Minnesota Twins -- The bullpen

AL West

Los Angeles Angels -- Kendrys Morales

Oakland A's -- Brett Anderson

Seattle Mariners -- Youth movement

Texas Rangers -- C.J. Wilson

NL East

Atlanta Braves -- Nate McLouth

Florida Marlins --Javier Vazquez

New York Mets -- Cash flow

Philadelphia Phillies -- Jimmy Rollins

Washington Nationals -- Ian Desmond

NL Central

Chicago Cubs -- Aramis Ramirez

Cincinnati Reds -- Paul Janish

Houston Astros -- Middle infield

Milwaukee Brewers -- Yuniesky Betancourt

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Pedro Alvarez

St. Louis Cardinals -- Jaime Garcia

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks -- Justin Upton

Colorado Rockies -- Chris Iannetta

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Left field

San Diego Padres -- Cameron Maybin

San Francisco Giants -- Brandon Belt