AL & NL Predictions
With the remaining available free agents inconsequential (save Roger Clemens), I feel now I am able to throw down some standings predictions. Let’s get to it.
-Of course, if Roger Clemens lands in this division and if he plays a full or shortened season, it could definitely shake up this division.Â Boston’s closing situation is suspect but this division is going to be a dogfight. Speaking of dogfights….
-To me, this is going to be the most competitive division in baseball.Â I like what Cleveland has done this offseason and don’t think Detroit can keep Cleveland down, despite adding the Sheff.
-As I said before in the bandwagon article, Los Angeles is going to come out on top this division. I don’t know how Oakland has done it these past few seasons with a bunch of spare parts and I think they regress this year in a big way.Â Sosa will be a bust in Texas.Â Bill Bavasi is a living joke in Seattle.
Wild Card: Toronto
-I think Philadelphia will slightly edge out NY due to NY’s uncertain pitching situation.Â David Wright had a dreadful second half but I do like that Reyes kid.Â Florida is one to watch with all of the rooks having a full season to play with each other and get accustomed to the league.
-This might be the weak division in baseball. It is a toss up between the Cubbies and Cardinals, but I will go with the proven Cardinals and it is hard to bet against a team that has super stud Pujols.Â I think the Brewers will surprise this year but I have been saying that every year since Yount and Gantner so take that for what it’s worth.Â If the Astros don’t resign Clemens, Cincinnatti might overtake them who knows, but I expect Lidge to regain his form.Â Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh, what can you say but sorry Pirates fans.
-It is going to be tight between the Dodgers and Padres, but I like that Padres Young infield and they have a solid rotation with my boy Peavy ready to destroy all comers.Â The Dodgers rotation is stellar and they have a great bullpen too. Pitching and defense win championships as they say. Anyway, after that it is a little murky. Arizona has some young kids that can do some things and Randy Johnson should do better in the NL.Â The Giants have a nice rotation surrounded by a bunch of broken down old men. Don’t expect too much from Colorado.
Wild Card: Los Angeles
So those are my picks. Where did I go wrong? What are yours?