Well, with the season starting today in a couple hours, I guess the ship has sailed on my division-by-division predictions of the upcoming Major League Baseball season. I guess the honourable thing to do would be to bang out four more 1000+ word previews, but that would also be the insane thing to do, so here’s a quick PKTM preview of the 2014 season. The Al East will be thew only division with a summary, because, well, this was the only division I had stuff written out for. I need to work on this whole “meeting deadlines” thing.
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Boston Red Sox (Wild Card)
- Baltimore Orioles
- New York Yankees
- Toronto Blue Jays
Sure, the Rays may not score the most runs (Or draw the biggest crowds), but their pitching staff is deep enough to the point where it doesn’t matter if Matt Moore or Chris Archer regress, or if Jake Odorizzi doesn’t cut it in the major leagues, because they’re bound to have somebody just as good waiting in the wings. Also, you can’t go wrong with Evan Longoria. Fuck Josh Lueke though.
The Red Sox are a great team as well though, and could repeat as World Series champions, let alone division winners. However, while they may be the harder-hitting team, the Red Sox pitching staff is a lot thinner than Tampa’s, and, while he probably should have won AL Manager of the year in 2013, John Farrell is still an inferior manager to Joe Madden.
The Orioles are far from has-beens, but they’re a bit iffier, what with Nelson Cruz coming off of steroids and Ubaldo Jimenez being Ubaldo Jimenez. The rotation is solid and deep, though, and they still have stars like Adam Jones and Chris Davis, who should hold them off while Manny Machado recovers from his injury.
As for the Bronx Bombers, they will probably miss the playoffs. There are far too many question marks on this team for me to justify predicting even an 85-win season. Can they really count on not only Derek Jeter, but also Mark Teixeira, Brett Gardner, Brian Roberts, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Michael Pineda to stay healthy? And on C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Alfonso Soriano to not regress with age? And who knows about Masahiro Tanaka.
And as for my Blue Jays, they may be filled to the brim with talent, but with that rotation? Come on. Maybe in a lesser division, but not in the same division as the Red Sox, Rays and O’s.
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Cleveland Indians
- Chicago White Sox
- Minnesota Twins
- Texas Rangers
- Oakland Athletics (Wild Card)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Seattle Mariners
- Houston Astros
- Washington Nationals
- Atlanta Braves
- Miami Marlins
- Philadelphia Phillies
- New York Mets
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Pittsburgh Pirates (Wild Card)
- Cincinnati Reds
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Chicago Cubs
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- San Francisco Giants (Wild Card)
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- San Diego Padres
- Colorado Rockies
AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels
NL MVP: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
AL Rookie of the year: Taijuan Walker, Mariners
NL Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton, Reds
ALCS: Detroit Tigers over Tampa Bay Rays
NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers over St. Louis Cardinals
World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers over Detroit Tigers
Now, if ya’ll will excuse me, I’m gonna get back to binge-watching the 90’s X-Men cartoon series.