Well it is finally upon us, Opening Day is right around the corner. March Madness is garnering all the attention right now but Opening Night is tomorrow night with the Rangers and Astros getting things kicked off. Opening Day is on Monday, when everyone else will begin their season. So without further a due, as I promised before, drum roll please….I give you my full season predictions for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Here’s how I see everything playing out.
Let’s start things over in the American League..
- Toronto Blue Jays
- New York Yankees (Wild Card)
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Baltimore Orioles
- Boston Red Sox
Just can’t deny the Jays with whom all they acquired in the offseason, they are serious about winning now. Don’t sleep on the beat up Yankees, they will win enough to hang around and then take off when their injured guys get back, don’t ever count out a team that knows how to play good ball.
- Detroit Tiger
- Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
- Kansas City Royals
- Minnesota Twins
Tigers are loaded and play in the weakest division in baseball, that’s about all that needs to be said really. No matter any of the acquisitions done by any of the other teams, they aren’t close to the Tigers.
- Los Angeles Angels
- Texas Rangers (Wild Card)
- Oakland Athletics
- Seattle Mariners
- Houston Astros
Angels possibly have the best lineup in the game and a very nice pitching rotation, I just can’t deny they are the top team in the division and will take control of the division for now and years to come. The Rangers lost some pieces, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, but like I said before, don’t ever count out a team that just plays good baseball. They will nab a wild card spot like the Yankees will.
Now, for your AL MVP and CY Young winners..
AL MVP- Mike Trout– leading off in front of Pujols and Hamilton will surely produce more runs for him as he will continue to get on base at the rate he did last year. Trout, you will get yours this year, no doubt.
AL CY Young- David Price- his efforts will once again go unnoticed until he wins the CY Young, much like last season. He is in his prime and unlike his competition, Verlander and King Felix, he didn’t just get a shiny new contract. No let down from this guy.
Now moving into the National League, it may leave you scratching your head, but hey, it’s what I feel, so I’m going with it..
- Atlanta Braves
- Philadelphia Phillies (Wild Card)
- Washington Nationals
- New York Mets
- Miami Marlins
The Braves have arguably the best lineup in the NL, they have a solid rotation and they do have the best bullpen. They also always know how to just play winning baseball, they will take the division. My surprise, the Phillies edging the Nationals for a Wild Card spot. The Phillies experience and pedigree for winning over the past 4-5 years, other than last year because of injuries, gives them the edge to me. Like the Orioles, the verdict is still out on the Nats for me.
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Cincinnati Reds
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Chicago Cubs
Cardinals know how to win and always play good baseball. They are good in every aspect of the game. They edge the Reds for the division in virtually a two team race for the division crown.
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- San Francisco Giants (Wild Card)
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Colorado Rockies
- San Diego Padres
I have the Dodgers being able to capitalize on all the talent they have in their lineup and starting rotation to win the division. Led by Matt Kemp and Kershaw, they will take the division barring any unforeseen injuries. The Giants will be close on their heels and nab a Wild Card Spot. Their rotation is one of the best but their lineup is not that spectacular. For this reason I have them falling just short of the Dodgers.
Now for your NL MVP and CY Young winners..
NL MVP- Matt Kemp- A 5 tool player that would’ve won it last year if it weren’t for injuries. Durability is a question but if he stays healthy he could have his best year ever hitting in this lineup he will be in and potentially lead his Dodgers to great things this year.
NL CY Young- Clayton Kershaw- Just now coming into his prime, he will once again be lights out and with a better team playing behind him for an entire season, it will produce some more wins for him. He’ll be getting plenty of run support to help him get more than just the 14 wins he had last year.
Now that the season has been played out, it is time to reveal the playoff predictions..
ALCS-Angels over the Tigers
NLCS-Dodgers over the Braves
So that means it’s a Los Angeles World Series, they don’t have a NFL team so they can at least have this, right? Both teams are just too loaded in every aspect of their team to not get to the World Series and make this a true heavyweight fight. Pujols, Trout, Hamilton, Kemp, Kershaw, Gonzalez, and more all in the World Series. It’ll be like watching the All-Star game all over again except this time it will REALLY count. So now to reveal my prediction for the World Series Champion..I have the Angels beating the Dodgers to become 2013 World Series Champions. The trio of Charlie’s..uh I mean Scioscia’s Angels will be too much for them.
Well there you have it, my full season baseball predictions, hopefully I can get some right and show I know a little something about baseball. Let me know all your predictions and who you think will be World Series Champions. I hope you are as excited as I am about baseball approaching, I can’t wait. Play Ball!