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2013 Baseball Standing Prediction

March 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Well Opening Day 2013 is upon us and I thought I contribute something to my oft-ignored blog, like writing a blog post. What a neat idea. Anyway, not to torture you with my verbosity, I will keep things short and sweet and write about my predictions for who will finish where come October.

AL EAST: Probably the flattest division in baseball.

  1. Toronto Blue Jays: on paper they look stacked in both hitting and pitching
  2. Tampa Bay Rays: have you seen their starting pitchers?
  3. New York Yankees: I know about the injuries, but have the talent in the end
  4. Boston Red Sox: Much improved, will do better, but need more
  5. Baltimore Orioles: Pretty much intact, but starting pitching is a question

AL CENTRAL:

  1. Detroit Tigers: Excellent pitching, better offense. What’s not to like?
  2. Cleveland Indians: Quantum leap in offense. Pitching is a bit iffy
  3. Kansas City Royals: Like Indians, improved greatly. A wild card in the division
  4. Chicago White Sox: Add little. Just hoping Sale, Peavy and Danks can deliver
  5. Minnesota Twins: A work in progress. That’s all I got to say

AL WEST:

  1. Los Angeles Angels: Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton. Need I say more?
  2. Oakland Athletics: Great young pitchers will only get better.
  3. Texas Rangers: Pitching will need to get better for offensive deficiencies.
  4. Seattle Mariners: King Felix, added some pieces, but need to do more
  5. Houston Astros: Hapless in NL, will be hapless here.

NL EAST:

  1. Washington Nationals: This team only got better all around. No contest
  2. Philadelphia Phillies: The band is back together offensively. Halladay is a concern
  3. Atlanta Braves: Best outfield in baseball? Young pitching staff. Solid closer
  4. New York Mets: Loss of Santana is a blow. Have Wright. Lack of offense
  5. Miami Marlins: Name one player beside Giancarlo Stanton? Enough said

NL CENTRAL:

  1. Cincinnati Reds: Healthy Joey Votto. Dominant closer. Should repeat
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates: This may be the year for McCutchen and company
  3. St. Louis Cardinals: Loaded with young talent, but needs seasoning
  4. Milwaukee Brewers: Nice to have Braun, but where’s the pitching?
  5. Chicago Cubs: Early phases of rebuilding. Not their year

NL WEST:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Healthy Kemp. Clayton Kershaw and Greinke. Team to beat
  • San Francisco Giants: Close second. Lincecum comes back strong? Watch out
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Marginal improvement. Okay pitching. Might have a chance
  • Colorado Rockies: Troy, Gonzalez are always good, but is the pitching good enough.
  • San Diego Padres: Great young talent, but still need some maturing.
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