My "soon-to-be-wrong" 2013 MLB Predictions
I don't know why I play the prediction game - I never seem to come close to being accurate. Nonetheless, as first pitch nears for the Milwaukee Brewers, I have put the finishing touches on how I believe the 2013 MLB season will shake out. The bold print indicates teams I believe will make the playoffs.
I'll be sure to revisit these predictions in October. Feel free to make fun of me then.
- Washington Nationals - Out to prove that 2012 was not a fluke. I don't think it was.
- Atlanta Braves - Perhaps the best outfield in the NL with Upton, Upton and Heyward.
- Philadelphia Phillies - Halladay and Lee aren't the same anymore. Neither is Rollins, Howard or Utley
- NY Mets - Johann Santana has already been lost for the season, and Shaun Marcum is also injured.
- Miami Marlins - They sold all the high priced talent they bought before last season. They're still bad.
- Cincinnati Reds - Votto is my pick to win NL MVP
- Milwaukee Brewers (86 wins) - Offense is strong, Lohse will help, and the bullpen can't be as bad as they were last season.
- St. Louis Cardinals - Rafael Furcal and Chris Carpenter are out for the season. Lohse is on the Brewers, and Adam Wainwright has had injury issues in the past.
- Pittsburgh Pirates - One more year of below .500 ball.
- Chicago Cubs - Jeff Samardzija is the number one pitcher in the rotation. Yikes.
- LA Dodgers - I love the Dodgers outfield of Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Either.
- SF Giants - Their number five pitcher, Barry Zito, was 14-12 last season. As a whole, pitching is strong again this season.
- Arizona Diamondbacks - They gave 1B Paul Goldschmidt the money, now he needs to build upon a season where he hit .286 with 20 home runs.
- SD Padres - Jason Marquis is still in the league? Yes - and he's the Padres number three starter.
- Colorado Rockies - Carlos Gonzalez is outstanding, but he needs help.
MVP: Joey Votto (Reds)
CY YOUNG: Steven Strasburg (Nationals)
WORLD SERIES REP: Cincinnati Reds
- Tampa Bay Rays - David Price is not my Cy Young Award pick, but he'll be right there at the end.
- Toronto Blue Jays - They can absolutely mash the baseball. Went all-in on knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and SS Jose Reyes.
- Baltimore Orioles - Fun team to watch. They won't sneak up on anybody this season.
- Boston Red Sox - They need guys like John Lackey and Ryan Dempster to account for 25-30 wins.
- NY Yankees - They're old, beat up, and old.
- Detroit Tigers - They have the best pitcher in baseball (Verlander) and one of the most feared lineups in baseball.
- Kansas City Royals - Call it a hunch.
- Chicago White Sox - Second baseman Gordon Beckham needs to hit more like he did this spring (.310) than he did last season (.234).
- Cleveland Indians - Terry Francona will manage the team. Sales at nearby KFC's expected to increase.
- Minnesota Twins - Mauer, Morneau, and cross your fingers.
- LA Angels - Former Rangers Josh Hamilton and CJ Wilson may come back to haunt their former team.
- Texas Rangers - Have lost a pair of all-stars (see above) over the last year-plus, but will still be in the playoff mix.
- Oakland A's - They win more without household names than any team in baseball.
- Seattle Mariners - When will the Sonics come back?
- Houston Astros - Welcome to the American League!
MVP: Mike Trout
CY YOUNG: Justin Verlander
WORLD SERIES REP: Detroit Tigers
WORLD SERIES PREDICTION: Tigers over the Reds in 6 games