It’s time. Who will be the division winners? Who will win the World Series? Time to see my predictions… without further explanation (except for one).
AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Texas Rangers
AL Wild Cards: Tampa Rays, Oakland Athletics
AL Champion: Detroit Tigers
NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: LA Dodgers
NL Wild Cards: Reds and Giants
NL Champion: St. Louis Cardinals
World Series Champion: St. Louis Cardinals
So why do I think the Cardinals are going to win it all this year? Well, it’s partly my gut, but there is also plenty of good logic behind it. While they have lost Carlos Beltran, the fact remains that their young players- and they have some good ones- will be one more year experienced. And, what’s more, many of those young players are pitchers (such as 2013’s postseason hero Michael Wacha and fire-balling reliever Trevor Rosenthal), and as always pitching is the way to October success. Mix that with their experienced players like Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday, and you have a team that should be one of the favorites to win the World Series in 2014.