Updated: Aug 18, 2005, 3:12 PM

Vote: State of the American League

The defending champs have a healthy lead in the AL East, an offense responsible for the most runs in baseball and more home games than road games remaining on the schedule. So why are so many fans worrying about the Boston Red Sox?

Because as Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Keith Foulke, right, proved last year, pitching counts in the postseason. And with Foulke still on the mend after knee surgery and a bullpen sporting the worst ERA in baseball, cracks are showing.

So which team's bullpen might help it dethrone the champs? Will a sleeper sneak through and grab the wild card? As September nears, who are your front-runners for some major hardware?


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