I realize I forgot to put these in, so I figured I'd throw them up here quickly. Here are my predictions for this year:
AL East- Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays
I can't envision this division any other way. Let's assume the Red Sox will win the Wild Card.
AL Central- Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Indians, Royals
Both the Indians and Royals should be improved, but they will still not be any good. I would have picked the Twins if Joe Nathan was healthy.
AL West- Angels, Rangers, A's, Mariners
I like the Mariners' moves in the offseason, but they are counting on Cliff Lee to get healthy soon, then they need Erik Bedard to get healthy, and then they need Chone Figgins to hit 40 home runs. Oops- no power ain't going to help ya! Should be a tight, low win total division.
NL East- Braves, Phillies, Mets, Marlins, Nationals
The Braves are badass. Correction- Jason Heyward is badass. The Phillies and Braves are going to have absolute wars on the field.
NL Central- Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers, Reds, Pirates, Astros
It hurts so bad. These are my predictions and I can't pick the Cubs to win the division. I still hope they do, but they just don't instill a sense of confidence in the fans. This whole division is improved- except the 'Stros. They are terrible.
NL West- Giants, Rockies, D'Backs, Dodgers, Padres
Don't make me look bad Gigantes. I'm going with the Giants due to their excellent pitching and the fact that Edgar Renteria's offseason training involved bathing in the Fountain of Youth. If this offense is half decent, they are going to win 90+ games. The Rockies are good, too. Dodgers? Not so much.
ALDS- Yankees over Tigers, Red Sox over Angels
ALCS- Yankees over Red Sox
NLDS- Giants over Phillies, Braves over Cardinals
NLCS- Braves over Giants
World Series- Braves over Yankees
By my calculations, that means we have a possible playoff match up this weekend here in San Francisco. Don't get too excited over any of these predictions as they will most likely be wrong. It'll probably end up being Rays vs. Pirates in the Series. Wouldn't that be interesting?
I'm playing on Saturday at the Boxing Donkey in Roseville. Stop by and have a few drinks- it should be a good time! (300 Lincoln, Roseville, CA)