Early 2014 Predictions

Pitcher and catchers have reported for all but four teams, so now is as good a time as any to predict how the season will end. As I see it, we will have a new World Champion when the all is said and done, with Boston failing to even make the post-season.

A.L. East
1. Yankees -- A return to post-season play, but will lose in the Division series
2. Red Sox -- Not as good as 2013, but not as bad as 2012
3. Rays -- Miss the playoffs for only second time in past five years
4. Blue Jays -- Denied breaking the .500 mark for a fourth straight season
5. Orioles -- Hard to believe they were a playoff team two years ago

A.L. Central
1. Tigers -- Best record in the A.L. and World Series Champs
2. Royals -- Offense not enough
3. Indians -- Last year was a fluke
4. White Sox -- 2008. That's the last time this team made the playoffs
5. Twins -- Will finish with the worst record in all of baseball

A.L. West
1. Rangers -- Hold off late surge from Anaheim and Oakland, but lose League Championship to Detroit
2. Angels -- One and done in playoffs
3. A's -- One of only two A.L. teams (Detroit) to return to post-season
4. Mariners -- Cano will soon regret leaving the Bronx
5. Astros -- Won't lose 100, but still a last place team

N.L. East
1. Nationals -- Claim the best record in baseball, but denied World Series
2. Braves -- Fourth playoffs in five years, but lose to Reds in Wild Card game
3. Phillies -- 102 wins in 2011; under .500 in 2014
4. Mets -- A sixth straight sub .500 season
5. Marlins -- Miss out on 100 losses by one game

N.L. Central
1. Cardinals -- Fourth consecutive post-season, but lose in Divisional Series
2. Reds -- Runner-up to Cardinals again makes for difficult playoff path
3. Brewers -- 90 wins not enough to make post-season
4. Pirates -- These are the Pirates we know and love
5. Cubs -- Curse of the goat good for another year

N.L. West
1. Dodgers -- Get to the World Series, only to lose to Detroit
2. Giants -- 2012 seems so long ago
3. Diamondbacks -- First sub .500 finish since 2010
4. Rockies -- Finally climb out of last place in their division
5. Padres -- Sub .500 for the sixth time in past seven seasons


By: rkinigson
On: 2/25/2014 3:30:00 PM
The signing of Nelson Cruz might push the Orioles ahead of the Blue Jays, but don't expect much more than that.

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