Smell that? IT’S BASEBALL!

It’s a looooong season and filled with numerous injuries and many good surprises to (the inevitable) terrible disappointments.

There is no one sure-fire pick for World Series champion. There is, however, a few teams that are in that ‘favorite’ position (Yankees, Tigers, Rangers in the AL & Phillies, Braves, Marlins in the NL).

Yes, I realize that the three teams with a shot in the National League are all from the NL East. My reasoning is equal parts, ‘the NL East is going to be the best division in baseball’, and ‘the rest of the NL’s possible contenders are at least a year away from being good enough’.

Conversely the American League has three top contenders (mentioned above) and three secondary contenders (Rays, Red Sox, and Angels) that could easily rise above with the right combination of break out/huge season from a star(s) and injury to a pivotal player. Overall there’s six possible teams that could represent the AL in the World Series this season.

On to the records predictions;

AL East
*New York Yankees (93-69)
*Tampa Bay Rays (90-72)
Boston Red Sox (87-75)
Toronto Blue Jays (80-82)
Baltimore Orioles (58-104)

AL Central
*Detroit Tigers (94-68)
Kansas City Royals (80-82)
Cleveland Indians (79-83)
Chicago White Sox (77-85)
Minnesota Twins (71-91)

AL West
*Texas Rangers (93-69)
*Los Angeles Angels (92-70)
Seattle Mariners (69-93)
Oakland Athletics (67-95)

NL East
*Philadelphia Phillies (91-71)
*Miami Marlins (89-73)
*Atlanta Braves (89-73)
Washington Nationals (81-81)
New York Mets (70-92)

NL Central
*Milwaukee Brewers (87-75)
Cincinnati Reds (85-77)
St. Louis Cardinals (84-78)
Pittsburgh Pirates (77-85)
Chicago Cubs (76-86)
Houston Astros (56-106)

NL West
*San Francisco Giants (89-73)
Arizona Diamondbacks (88-74)
Colorado Rockies (84-78)
Los Angeles Dodgers (76-86)
San Diego Padres (74-88)

AL Playoff
Los Angeles Angels over Tampa Bay Rays

NL Playoff
Miami Marlins over Atlanta Braves

AL Division Series
Detroit Tigers over Los Angeles Angels, 3-2

New York Yankees over Texas Rangers, 3-1

NL Division Series
Miami Marlins over Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2

San Francisco Giants over Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0

ALCS
New York Yankees over Detroit Tiger, 4-1

NLCS
San Francisco Giants over Miami Marlins, 4-2

World Series
New York Yankees over San Francisco Giants, 4-3

Part II with my awards picks tomorrow!

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