Wednesday, April 9, 2014
*Teams with a "WC" are Wild Card winners
World Series: Tigers vs. Dodgers
World Series Champions: Detroit Tigers
Not too many surprises here, really. I feel that all of the division winners listed should have a decently straight shot at capturing the division crown. The NL Central may prove to be the closest division for the NL this year with the Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The biggest disappointment for the National League could end up being the Pirates as I don't see them making the playoffs - Joey Votto and the Reds should get a Wild Card spot with the Nationals just beating the Pirates out for that second Wild Card. The biggest surprise could be the Mets (yes, the Mets). Although Harvey's out, they made a few interesting free agent signings with Colon, Granderson, Young, and Valverde. They haven't been able to be much of a force in the division for the past few years, but I think this could be the year that the Mets finally win more than 80 games (something they haven't done since 2008 when they won 89).
As with the NL, there's not much of a change from last year, though I do have the Rangers taking the West in a showdown against the Athletics. Probably the closest division for the AL, the East may be a beast after all. With the Red Sox looking to repeat, the Yankees and Rays could spoil the parade. The biggest disappointment could be the Yankees. They failed to make the playoffs last year, and although signing Tanaka, Beltran, McCann, and Ellsbury, could injuries (or their age) plague the Yankees' season? The biggest surprise could be the Royals. With a record of 86-76 last season (their highest since 2003 when they ended 83-79), could this be the year that they're finally able to get into the playoffs? If so, they should be keeping an eye on a possible Wild Card spot, as the Tigers should capture the division yet again.