Yeah I know the season’s already a week old, but better late than ever to dish out my yearly MLB predictions. My predictions for last year weren’t too awful, I did pick the World Series match up correctly; however, I also picked Lincecum for the Cy Young. Ok so feel free to laugh at the following predictions.
- New York
- Tampa Bay
Yup, a total biased pick here, but now is the time for my Blue Jays. The super powers in the Yankees and Red Sox are both ageing and not as formidable as they usually are. The Blue Jays have the deepest line-up and the best rotation in this division. The Jays have started off cold, but it’s only a matter of time before the line up starts putting up crooked numbers and the rotation starts shutting teams down.
This division is weak sauce so the defending AL champs should be able to win this division rather comfortably…although I said that last year and it wasn’t like they dominated the division. The Royals are loaded with talent, their rotation is somewhat decent for a change and they also have a solid bullpen…I think they’ll come close to a wild card this year.
The Rangers are still the class of this division in my opinion. I like their rotation and bullpen much more than the Angels. Yeah the Angels have 3 of the most feared hitters in the game, but if they can’t stop the other team from scoring it won’t matter. Seattle is an up and coming team..watch Dustin Ackley go buck this year. Houston…yikes that’s an awful team.
- New York
This was a tough one for me to pick, but I really like Atlanta’s outfield and that’s what gives them the slight edge over the Nats. Both teams have strong rotations and bullpens, this will be a battle until the bitter end. I’ll give the Nats one of the wildcards.
- St. Louis
If I had to choose a favourite team in the NL it would have to be the Reds. They have a strong lineup, a deep rotation and lights out bullpen. The Cards are a strong team as well and are likely to take at least a wildcard spot.
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
I’m banking on a World Series hangover by the Giants this year. I’m thinking the Diamondbacks can challenge the champs this year for the NL West crown. They have the line up, rotation and bullpen to do it. The Dodgers have blown all of Magic Johnson’s money, but I just don’t trust that rotation past Kershaw.
Here are my trophy/hardware predictions for the season:
AL Winner: Toronto
NL Winner: Cincinnati
World Series Winner: Toronto
AL MVP: Jose Bautista
NL MVP: Joey Votto
AL CY Young: Yu Darvish
NL CY Young: Stephen Strasburg
AL Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers
NL Rookie of the Year: Adam Eaton
AL Batting Champ: Miguel Cabrera
NL Batting Champ: Joey Votto
AL HR King: Jose Bautista
NL HR King: Jay Bruce