NL East -- Nationals, Braves, Phillies, Mets, Marlins
AL East -- Blue Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles
Blue Jays acquired high-priced talent in the off-season. This usually leads to achieving below expectations, but with the Sox & Yankees in obvious decline, I have to pick the Jays. The Rays have been hurt by new rules on drafting, but they should hang on for a year or two before thre inevitable decline sets in.
NL Central -- Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates, Cubs.
First and last are easy, and the quality of the Cards' organization gives them second. A toss-up for 3rd & 4th.
AL Central -- Tigers, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Twins.
As with the NL Central, a toss-up here for 3rd & 4th.
NL West -- Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, Padres, Rockies.
Dodgers spent big but still might lose out to Giants. A toss-up for 1st & 2nd.
AL West -- Angels, Rangers, A's, Mariners, Astros.
Same as NL West, Angels went all-in but toss-up for 1st & 2nd.
So there you have it. Let the games begin!