Monday, March 31, 2014

Cousin Jason's 2014 Predictions

Late to the game as always, but hey I still got these done on opening day this year!

AL East
1. Boston- I picked the Sox to finish 3rd last year, but said they had the most talented roster in the AL East, they still do and repeat as division champs
2. Tampa Bay*- Rays are solid but, their offensive short comings keep them from topping the Sox
3. Toronto- Blue Jays have the talent to finish higher and the combustibility to finish last
4. Baltimore- Orioles have the hitting and pitching but, lack the intangibles to put it all together
5. New York- Yankees lack of infield and bullpen depth=long season in the Bronx

AL Central
1. Detroit- Tigers ride Cabrera bat and starters to the divisional crown, maybe further
2. Kansas City**- Royals offense is one of baseball’s best as Royals return to the playoffs
3. Cleveland- Indians cannot duplicate Tito’s first season but hang tough for 3rd
4. Minnesota- Twins improved pitching is enough to keep them out of the cellar
5. Chicago- White Sox have too many holes and the South siders join the Cubbies in rebuild mode

AL West
1. Texas- Rangers hit everything in sight after trading for Giancarlo and ride Darvish’s 25 wins to the top
2. Oakland- A’s regress but not enough for the others to catch them
3. Seattle- Mariners play great after the break but, can’t make up for their slow start
4. Los Angeles of Anaheim- Angels lower expectations do not help as Hamilton and Pujols continue to regress, thanks for the memories Mike Scioscia
5. Houston- Astros still struggle to field a complete Major League roster and it shows

Wild Card
Tampa Bay over Kansas City

Detroit over Tampa Bay
Boston over Texas

Detroit over Boston

AL MVP- Miguel Cabrera
AL Cy Young- Yu Darvish
AL ROY- Nick Castellanos
AL Manager- Ron Washington

NL East
1. Washington- Nationals put together the season everyone expected in 2013
2. Atlanta- Braves have a furious finish after injuries put them behind the 8 ball
3. Philadelphia- Phillies are getting long in the tooth, but still have enough teeth to finish 3rd
4. New York- Mets benefit from having the Marlins to avoid the basement
5. Miami- Jose Fernandez becomes the face of the franchise as Stanton is moved mid-season

NL Central
1. St. Louis- Cardinals have too much for everyone in the NL, perhaps in baseball
2. Cincinnati**- Reds get a breath of fresh air without Dusty Baker
3. Milwaukee- Brewers are vastly improved but not enough to challenge the Cards and Reds
4. Pittsburgh- Pirates have a talented line-up but it is not enough to overcome their woeful pitching
5. Chicago- Cubs are the hottest team in September as they continue to build the foundation

NL West
1. Los Angeles- Dodgers out talent and out spend their NL West rivals
2. San Francisco*- Giants pitches their way into the post season
3. Colorado- Rockies fans experience a contact high by leading at the break, it wears off though
4. Arizona- Diamondbacks get rattled early and slither through a 4th place finish
5. San Diego- Padres lack the hitting to support their pitching

Wild Card
San Francisco over Cincinnati

St. Louis over San Francisco
Washington over Los Angeles

St. Louis over Washington

NL MVP- Paul Goldschmidt
NL Cy Young- Zack Greinke
NL ROY- Billy Hamilton
NL Manager- Bryan Price

World Series

St. Louis over Detroit

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