It seems like it’s later and later every year for me to get in my predictions on Major League Baseball for the year.
It’s like it was just last month that David Ortiz led his Boston Red Sox to the 2013 championship, but actually it was six months ago.
Can Ortiz and the New England team do it again? Well, I’ll take a gander and tell you what I think.
There is going to be a battle for the top spot in this division all year. All five teams in the division are good.
Tampa Bay still has pitching, the Yankees will be trying to make Derek Jeter’s final year one to remember, the Red Sox should be as good as last year, and Toronto and Baltimore have made some good off-season moves. This will be an exciting division all year.
When all is said and done the division will belong to Detroit again. Their pitching and their everyday line-up led by Miguel Cabrera will be more than the White Sox, Indians, Royals and Twins can handle.
Oakland and their no-names are hard to pick against in this division though the Angels and their big names should be the division favorite.
Texas and Seattle will make some noise during the year. The Astros will be done in the division by July.
Another fun division, with Atlanta and Washington providing the fireworks all year.
Philadelphia will be better than last year but the Mets and Miami won’t be.
Ryan Braun’s return seems to have kick-started the Brewers. They may have the pitching to keep things going but Pittsburgh and St. Louis are also in this division and both teams are pretty good. The Reds can’t seem to get back where they were a couple of years ago and the Cubs, well, they’re the Cubs.
The Dodgers and Giants have the pitchers in this division and have pretty good every day line-ups.
Colorado will, as almost always, have a good home record but struggle on the road.
San Diego and Arizona will struggle anywhere.
The Yankees, Detroit and Oakland will win the American League Divisions and Tampa Bay and Los Angeles will win the wild card chases.
Atlanta, Milwaukee, and the Giants will win the National League Divisions and Washington and the Dodgers will be the wild cards.
It will be a Yankee-Atlanta World Series and Derek Jeter will end a great career going out with a bang.