31 Mar 2014
I know the season has technically started, but today is Opening Day in my mind. Here’s how I see the 162-game season and beyond unfolding.
3- New York
I think Tampa is the best team in the AL East and I expect they will be the only team that cracks the 90-win level in the division. Boston comes in second with the Yankees repeating last year’s 85-77 record. Toronto and Baltimore bring up the rear.
3- Kansas City
I didn’t like the Cabrera extension, but he will earn whatever he gets paid this season. The Tigers are the class of the division and I see no reason not to pick them to repeat. Cleveland showed us something last year and while KC is a trendy pick, I am not buying it yet. Minnesota will be lousy, but I bet Phil Hughes has a nice year away from the Bronx.
A lot of things went wrong for the Angels last year and I think they rectify those this year with a division crown. Oakland is right behind them, but Texas drops off because of injuries. I wonder how Robinson Cano will enjoy playing meaningless games as early as August 1st? The only thing keeping Seattle out of the basement is the train wreck that is the Houston roster.
4- New York
This is really a two-tier division. Washington and Atlanta are much, much better than everyone else. I think the Nats take the crown this year. I expect it will be a long summer in Philadelphia.
1- St. Louis
The Cards are consistently excellent and I suspect they win the NL Central again. Pittsburgh snuck up on people last year, they won’t do that again this one and I expect them to drop back a bit and miss the playoffs.
2- San Francisco
3- San Diego
A classic rivalry will fight for the crown in the NL West until the end. I say LA gets it.
Wild Card Round
Oakland over Boston
San Francisco over Cincinnati
(Yup, no playoffs in the Bronx this year)
Detroit over Oakland
Tampa over Anaheim
Washington over St. Louis
LA over San Francisco
Tampa over Detroit
LA over Washington
LA over Tampa
That’s how I see 2014 unfolding, how about you?