In this week’s entry, I am predicting the final standings for the teams in the major leagues as well as the playoffs. Listed below are teams in each division along with my predictions for what place they’ll finish in.
Comments: The Angels have O.K. hitting to go along with one of the best rotations in the league. That should get them in 1st place unless the veterans’ skills start to wear off.
Other Potential Rotation Candidates:
Comments: The Rangers have the best pitcher in the A.L. as part of their good starting rotation. As long as the pitchers hold the opposing team to 5 runs or less, we should win the games because of our great hitting.
Comments: The A's don't have a good offense and their pitching has a downfall at the #3 spot.
Comments: The Mariners hitting is O.K. but plays in a major pitcher's stadium to decrease the amounts of runs they score. Also, Seattle's pitching isn't very good and gets hit around plenty.
1. White Sox
Comments: The White Sox won the World Series last year and might even have a better team this year.
Comments: The Indians came on strong at the end of last year and didn't lose any big playmakers besides Kevin Millwood.
Comments: Even though Minnesota has good pitching, they will need to get good hitting if they want to win this tough division.
Comments: The Tigers have Kenny and Pudge but other than that they don't have any stars. They struggle at offense and pitching, which will take a few years to overcome.
Comments: The Royals only have 4 players I can name off the top of my head (David DeJesus, Angel Berroa, Desi Relaford, and Mike Sweeney) because the others haven’t made a name for themselves.
1. Blue Jays
Comments: I think with the additions of A.J. Burnett, James Baldwin, B.J. Ryan, Jason Phillips, and Benjie Molina, it will be enough to get them past the Yankees.
Chien-Ming Wang/ Carl Pavano
Comments: Even with the signing of Johnny Damon I don't think they will do good enough to beat Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays.
3. Red Sox
Comments: The Red Sox still have a good team but they lost a lot of good players: Johnny Damon, Chad Bradford, Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller, and Matt Mantei.
4. Devil Rays
Comments: The D'Rays finished their season last year on a good note and if they can keep that going for part of the year that should be enough
Comments: The Orioles now have Leo Mazzoni but it still might not help this team enough to get back into 4th with the way the D'Rays finished last year.
Comments: The Dodgers have great pitching. The ERA for the pitchers last year were 3.61 (Lowe), 3.90 (Penny), 4.56 (Perez), 4.48 (Tomko for the Giants), and 2.59 (Seo). In hitting, they made several improvements, so they probably will finally be able to get 5-8 runs in their pitcher-friendly stadium. They added Rafael Furcal, Nomar Garciaparra, Kenny Lofton, and Bill Mueller, but they lost Milton Bradley. The Dodgers have a very good team that I think is better than the others in the division.
Chan Ho Park
Comments: The Padres surprisingly struggle at pitching. They also struggle at hitting, leaving their only strength to be at defense.
Comments: The Giants have a good first couple of starters. Their offense is about average if you take away Barry Bonds. They probably need to get a little more hitting and a little more pitching to get up to second place.
Josh Fogg/Zach Day/Sunny Kim
Comments: The Rockies are in a major hitting ballpark but I think this year, the pitching is just good enough to get in front of the Diamondbacks.
Comments: The Diamondbacks struggle in all areas. They have two good pitchers (Webb and Ortiz) but other than that, there are no players that put up big numbers.
Comments: The Cardinals aren’t the team they were last year but they are still a great team in a division that I think will struggle.
Comments: The Cubs have very good pitching and decent hitting but I think that they will just slimly pass the .500 mark.
Comments: The Astros still have good starting pitching, but it is not as good as the great starting pitching that they had last year. Losing Clemens will probably take their confidence down a notch. I think that they are about 1 game down from the Cubs.
Comments: The Reds have better starting pitching than last year because they got Bronson Arroyo and Dave Williams. But they still struggle at pitching and will probably be under the .500 mark.
Comments: The Brewers struggle at pitching and offense and are around the middle in overall skill in the league.
Comments: This team struggles very much at all cylinders. They are one of the worst teams in the league if not the worst.
Comments: The Braves still have great starting pitching and I just can’t go against them after they’ve won 14 straight division titles.
Comments: The Phillies have a good offense and finally started to come through last year. I think with a lot of the National League teams going down in skills that the Phillies will finally make the playoffs again.
Comments: The Mets have put together good teams but haven’t had a breakthrough year in a long time. I think this year they will do better but will still not meet their potential.
Comments: The Nationals have decent starting pitching to go along with a very good power hitter in Alfonso Soriano.
Comments: The Marlins once again ruined a very good team and will go from a pretty good winning record to an awful losing record.
White Sox beat Angels 3 games to 2
Blue Jays beat Indians 3 games to 0
Blue Jays beat White Sox 4 games to 2
Cardinals beat Phillies 3 games to 0
Dodgers beat Braves 3 games to 1
Dodgers beat Cardinals 4 games to 3
Dodgers beat Blue Jays 4 games to 2
Come back soon (early this week) for my thoughts on the Juan Dominguez and David Dellucci trades.