It’s just about June and this year in baseball has already been an exciting one. Perhaps the biggest free agent signing class ever has been tested so far and teams we thought would be doing great, are doing poorly.
First off, lets look at the American League Central and how that’s going to shake out. I don’t see anyone beating the Detroit Tigers. They have one of the best 1-2 punches of all time with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. So far, their pitching has performed decently.
Next, the AL East. Wow, this has been a crazy division so far and has not panned out at all how I expected. The Yankees and Boston are at the bottom of this division. That is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen. While some people may be jumping on the Orioles bandwagon, I do not think that this will continue. Boston and the Yankees are just too deep for this to continue. I believe the Yankees will win this division followed by the Boston, the Rays, the Orioles, then the Blue Jays.
Closing out the AL, the AL West. The first place team, the Rangers, are where I thought they would be. However, the Angels are struggling mightily. The biggest free agent signing of this off-season, El Hombre, has simply not performed. As of May 23, he is hitting .213 with 4 home-runs. Not at all what we expected. As is the case with the Yankees and Boston, the Angels are too good for these struggles to continues as they will finish just behind the Rangers, earning the wildcard position. Now we’ll move on to the National League.
We’ll start out in the National League Central where the defending champion Cardinals have a team stricken by injury, but are still holding on to first place. I believe this is where they will finish the season as well with the Reds and Brewers right behind them.
Next, we’ll check out the National League East. This is a division that is just jam packed with talent, minus New York. The Washington Nationals have so much young skill, they will be a contender for a long time with Stephen S. healthy and Harper coming up from the minors. The Marlins, following a big off-season, struggled early in the season, but look to be picking it up as the weather heats up. Philadelphia is team that I really do not know what to think about them. Their first problem is age. Their best young player is Vance W. who is currently on the 15-Day Disabled List. Then, there’s the Braves, who have a great bullpen and a couple of really good young starters in Tommy Hanson and Mike Minor. In conclusion I have the Braves. winning this division as Philadelphia finishes in second and wins the wild card.
Finally, the National League West. This is a division with four great teams, the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks, the Giants, and the Rockies. I see the Dodgers taking this division once Matt Kemp returns. I don’t think that the Diamondbacks just yet have all the pieces to beat out a very good Dodger team, so I believe they will finish in second followed by the Giants, the Rockies, and finally, the Padres.
Now that we have our eight teams, here’s what I think is going to happen. In the National League, I have the Dodgers beating the Braves and the Cardinals beating Philadelphia for a second straight year. I then have the Cardinals just barely edging out the Dodgers for a chance at back-to-back titles.
In the AL, I have the Tigers taking care of the Angels while the Rangers beat the Yankees. I then have the Tigers beating the Rangers for a rematch of the 2006 World Series between the Tigers and the Cardinals. I have the St. Louis Cardinals winning this series in six games thanks to a deeper rotation then the Tigers.