Ryan's quick and dirty MLB predicition post
The Mets have the best talent in the league, no doubt, and their history of choking will eventually be overtaken by their enormous talent, right? Right?! Look for injuries and Raul Ibanez to derail the Phillies this season, while the Braves could pull off some amazing things with their suprisingly talented pitching staff. The Marlins offense will keep them interesting. Not in contention, but interesting. Look for the Nationals to pack it up and hit the golf course in June.
Make no mistake... this isn't a very good division, and the Cubs will win simply because the rest of the teams in the NL Central aren't very good. The Cardinals may get second. I sort of just picked them because they are usually OK. The Reds are always my sleeper because they are so young and could break out. Of course, they never do. Otherwise I would have put them in second. The Brewers lost too much, and without pitching, they can't do a thing. The Astros are simply not any good this year. They have Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman and despair. Speaking of despair, the Pirates are still involved in baseball.
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will come down to the very end of the season before its all sorted out. The Dodgers have very little in terms of pitching, something I'm suprised was not addressed by them this offseason, so I think that's what will give the Diamondbacks the title. The Giants and the Padres have a few good arms as well, and that should propel them beyond the Rockies.
I feel like the Rays will stay healthy enough to overtake their older, more brittle adversaries. I think the Red Sox are too young, and certainly hurt by the loss of Manny Ramirez, while the Yankees top three pitchers are very good possibilities to go down to injury. At the bottom of the division, I like going with young garbage over old garbage every time. Orioles over Jays
The Twins and White Sox spent much of the season at the top of the division last year. The Indians were ravaged by injuries, but it would be silly to think that every card dealt to them this year will be bad as it was last year. The Twins will only get better, but I think the Indians are still the better team. The Tigers will work out some kinks and should be better next season, while the Royals, I think, are destined to have one of those seasons in which they make brief strides that get everyone in a tizzy, then falls apart. In Chicago, this will be Ozzie Guillen's last season, as they lost too much due to aging and attrition to be competitive this year.
I think the Angels' time as a perennial contender has finally run out. Of course, they are still going to win the West because none of the other teams in the division are talented enough to overtake them. The A's still haven't wowed me with their pitchers, which are usually the driving force behind their successes. The Rangers have a lot of emerging sluggers, while the Mariners will have fun with Ken Griffey Jr's return.
Braves over Cubs
Diamondbacks over Mets
Diamondbacks over Braves
Rays over Twins
Indians over Angels
Indians over Rays.
Diamondbacks Indians for the World Series, with the Diamondbacks coming out on top.
I can almost guarantee I will be the only person to make that pick this year
If you were wondering, I've got Carlos Zambrano and Jered Weaver for Cy Young, and David Wright and Carl Crawford for MVP. Your thoughts in the comments, please.