Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MLB Predictions for 2014

Here we go for the upcoming 2014 season.

AL East:  Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles

Yankees will suffer through the season-long distraction of Jeter's farewell tour. Also a problem is C.C. Sabathia's missing fastball.

NL East:  Braves, Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Marlins

AL Central:  Tigers, Indians, Royals, White Sox, Twins

Usually a team that has a breakout season like the Indians did last year will slip back the next year. But Nick Swisher came to camp with T-shirt's for everyone saying "Unfinished Business", and under the steady leadership of Terry Francona the Tribe should be fine this year. Tigers might stumble if one of their ace starters goes down.

NL Central:  Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Brewers, Cubs

I've learned never to bet against the Cardinals, who have the best organization and the best fans in the country. Reds should be solid again.

AL West:  Angels, Rangers, A's, Mariners, Astros

Angels should finally gel under the steady leadership of Mike Sciosca. I don't like the Rangers' trade of Kinsler for Fielder, and neither do I think much of their manager, so I'm picking them second although they should compete.

NL West:  Dodgers, D-Backs, Giants, Rockies, Padres

Dodgers should be ready for a good-sized run at the top with all their high-priced talent. I like Kirk Gibson, so I'm putting D-Backs second.

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