The winter is over and baseball is back. The American League got stronger and the National League lost 2 of its biggest bats. Are you wondering how the season going to shake out? Well then here you go.
New York Yankees 93-69
Tampa Bay Rays (WC) 92-70
Boston Red Sox 88-74
Toronto Blue Jays 80-82
Baltimore Orioles 62-100
The Yankees are not led by A-Rod and Jeter anymore. This team will only go as far as Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson can take them. Luckily for them that will be to the playoffs and a division title. I really like the Rays this season and I think they will keep close to the Yankees all year but will not catch them in the end. But don’t worryTampa; the Rays will be hosting a 1 game Wild Card playoff this fall.
Detroit Tigers 101-61
Minnesota Twins 82-80
Kansas City Royals 81-81
Cleveland Indians 78-84
Chicago White Sox 68-94
The Tigers are going to be the team to beat in the AL Central and maybe all of baseball. They have pitching, hitting and are primed to win their first World Series since 1984. I feel the Twins will be healthy this year and take a step up but this will be a one team division.
Texas Rangers 96-66
Los Angeles Angels (WC) 92-70
Seattle Mariners 71-91
Oakland Athletics 63-99
The addition of Pujols will boost the Angels’ offense but I have a feeling that Texas will win the division when it is all said and done. I think addition of Yu Darvish is big and I expect a big year from Josh Hamilton and the rest of the Texas bats.
Philadelphia Phillies 90-72
Miami Marlins (WC) 89-73
Atlanta Braves 84-78
Washington Nationals 82-80
New York Mets 70-90
The Phillies pitching staff should be able to keep them winning while their bats recover from injury but they will need some help to hold off the Marlins. I think they will be buyers at the trade deadline and will bring in a bat to help them get over the hump. I love the Marlins now and would not be surprised if the overtook the Phillies but I think they finish behind them in the regular season but ahead of them in the postseason.
Cincinnati Reds 90-72
Milwaukee Brewers 86-76
St. Louis Cardinals 83-81
Pittsburgh Pirates 73-89
Chicago Cubs 68-94
Houston Astros 59-103
The Reds make th e step that they didn’t make last year and win the NL Central. The Cards and Brewers have both lost some pop and I see that it is going to be difficult to stay at the top. If the Reds’ pitchers perform they have the bats to contend for the World Series.
Los Angeles Dodgers 88-74
San Francisco Giants (WC) 86-76
Arizona Diamondbacks 82-80
Colorado Rockies 76-86
San Diego Padres 70-92
I am big on the Dodgers this season. I think that with the McCourt mess behind them they will be able to thrive and win the NL West. San Fran will be up there but I don’t think they will be able to finish ahead of Los Angeles. I actually have the Giants and Brewers playing a one game playoff before the actual playoffs to see who get the last NL Wild Card spot.
AL Wild-Card Playoff NL Wild-Card Playoff
Tampa Bay over Los Angeles Miami over San Francisco
AL Divisional Series NL Divisional Series
Detroit over Tampa Bay Miami over Cincinnati
Texas over New York Los Angeles over Philadelphia
AL Championship NL Championship
Detroit over Texas Miami over Los Angeles
Detroit Tigers over Miami Marlins