However, I still like to make predictions. With Opening Day just around the corner, it is time to take a look at where I think the MLB teams will end up this season. We'll check back on these after the World Series to see how terribly wrong I am.
This is the year the Rockies do something they have never done before - win the NL West. And they better do it with 86 wins or more. I have cash money riding on it. I see the Diamondbacks improving, the Dodgers and Giants regressing, and the Padres continuing to suck.
Guess what Cubs fans - your team still sucks. Cardinals are solid, Brewers got better, everyone else is blah. One of these years the Pirates might field a competitive team, right? Probably not.
The Braves are somewhat like the Rockies - young and talent-loaded. The Phillies are a veteran team that has lots of weapons. I just worry about them considering their age. The Mets will collapse in April and May this year, so we won't have to worry about a late year swoon.
Probably the most improved division in baseball. LA is still the team to beat, despite the addition of Cliff Lee and Ron Washington's cocaine. I think the Rangers are finally figuring out that you need pitching to win. I think this is a year they make big strides. Plus, go B-Mac!
2. White Sox
I have the Twins on top, but who else could you reasonably put there? I would say maybe Chicago or Detroit, but it is a big maybe. The Royals are trending up, but they will remember that they are the Royals. And who the hell knows what is happening in Cleveland? Mistake by the lake, people.
3. Red Sox
5. Blue Jays
I think the Red Sox are in trouble. The Yankees are powerful and the Rays are young and talented. I hope that the Orioles do well this year, just because Garrett Atkins is with them now. He has too pretty of a swing to continue that slump he had last year. Best of luck to him. The Blue Jays might take over as the worst team in baseball.
NL Wild Card
AL Wild Card
Rockies over Phillies
Cardinals over Braves
Rockies over Cardinals
Yankees over Angels
Twins over Rays
Yankees over Twins (We all know the Twins cannot beat the Yankees, period.)
Rockies over Yankees (6 games)
In an ideal world, the Twins and Rockies would meet in the World Series. This would (a) cause my body to spontaneously explode with excitement and (b) win me tons of money. I can't wait for the real games to get started!
Til the next post,