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03/30/2013 1 Comment
Ah, it’s back. The sweet game of baseball begins Easter Sunday and I, along with many others are nostalgically ecstatic that the season is less than a week away. So, without further ado, here are my 2013 preseason power rankings:
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim- With the three-headed monster of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton along with a solid rotation, the Halos are looking to bring a World Series title back to Anaheim for the first time since 2002.
- Washington Nationals- The Nationals owned the best record in baseball a year ago with 98 wins and 64 losses and made more transactions for the better. Look for the Nats to win over ninety-five games once again.
- Los Angeles Dodgers- After several large moves made last trade deadline and this past offseason, Dodger Blue has a squad capable of going the distance.
- Toronto Blue Jays- The Jays basically bought the Marlins’ one-year dream, among other moves, and finally have a chance in the AL East.
- Cincinnati Reds- Undoubtedly the best team in their respective division, the Redlegs have a powerful lineup equipped with a top-notch pitching staff.
- Detroit Tigers- The Tigers have the best hitter and pitcher in the game paired with several other stars. There’s no reason that this team cannot repeat as AL pennant winners.
- Atlanta Braves- Atlanta’ll have another playoff team in 2013, especially after signing OF’s Justin and B.J. Upton.
- San Francisco Giants- The Bay Bombers can always pitch, can always be well coached, can’t always hit for power. If the Giants can find a consistent power stroke, then they will trump the almighty Dodgers.
- St. Louis Cardinals- Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Lance Lynn, Matt Holliday… The list goes on and on of under-the-radar Cardinals that find a way to win.
- Tampa Bay Rays- You just can’t bet against the Rays. They’ve got a superb manager, fantastic front office, and players with a ton of heart.
- Oakland Athletics- Yet another team that finds a way to win, the A’s are well managed by Bob Melvin. Platoons, unique rotation patterns, pretty much all strategies that will help his team win, Melvin uses.
- Texas Rangers- The word departure defines the Texas winter: Josh Hamilton gone. Micheal Young, adios. Mike Napoli, see ya. And all of these losses were pretty ugly. If the Lone Stars can pitch well and stick to the tremendous hitters that they do still have, they can compete for a wild card spot.
- Boston Red Sox- Now that cancer Bobby Valentine’s gone, the Red Sox are able to actually have fun playing baseball. No teenage-like drama in the clubhouse. Boston should be ecstatic with manager John Farrell at the helm.
- New York Yankees- Even though injuries are aplenty, the Bronx Bombers have the experience to compete in the toughest division in baseball. A wild card berth is within reach.
- Pittsburgh Pirates- Is this the year that the Buccos get over the hump? They’ve got most of the same guys across the diamond, and additions such as catcher Russell Martin and southpaw Francisco Liriano ought to help
- Arizona Diamondbacks- A difficult team to predict, the D-Backs have an altered roster after dealing away star outfielder Justin Upton. They now have Martin Prado to handle the hot corner along with young gun Paul Goldschmidt at first to carry the offensive load. If a decent rotation can pitch like an all-star rotation, Arizona could clinch a wild card berth.
- Philadelphia Phillies- As much as I like the Phils, I’m not sure what to expect. The word is that Chase Utley is completely healthy, but the word is that Roy Halladay had a poor spring. There are definitely question marks in Philly, but you’ve got to hope that 2012 was an illegitimate omen and that they can win the division once again.
- Cleveland Indians- The Tribe is another unique team. They’ve made a few big transactions with the signings of Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Brett Myers and the trades for young pitcher Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs are bound to make a difference.
- Baltimore Orioles- Last year’s Cinderella, the O’s must compete in, what I’ve written before, the most difficult division in the sport. Hopefully super-manager Buck Showalter can lead this team back into the playoffs in consecutive season for the first time since 1997-98 in spite of a weak rotation.
- Kansas City Royals- A popular pick to make the postseason for the first time in a while, the Royals’ young starters on offense must pick up the newly acquired pitchers Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin Santana, Wade Davis, and James Shields.
- Milwaukee Brewers- As long as Ryan Braun continues his MVP-like success and isn’t suspended for his convicted PED use, the Brew Crew have a shot at the playoffs. But with a young rotation and 1B Corey Hart out until June, it’s hard to see Milwaukee contending.
- Chicago White Sox- The South-siders had the AL Central in the bag until Detroit came out of no where. Can this squad get it together and topple the Motor City Kitties? No chance. Last year was their only year in the next decade that they could have made the playoffs given the Tigers’ future and the White Sox’s aging stars.
- New York Mets- The Mets’ pride and joy last year, Cy-Young winner R.A. Dickey, is out the door. I have a hard time taking the The Kings of Queens’ playoff chances seriously.
- Seattle Mariners- When you’re in a division that owns not one, not two, but three potential playoff teams, the losses will pile up quite rapidly.
- San Diego Padres- Hey, maybe the friars won’t finish in last place if 3B chase Headley leads the NL in RBI again. (115 in 2012)
- Chicago Cubs- Well, the Cubs are the unanimous last-place pick now that the Astros have switched leagues. although it’ll be a long year at Wrigley, things are moving in the right direction on the north side.
- Colorado Rockies- On paper, the Rox contain one of the most powerful lineups with perennial MVP candidates SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez. But then when you take a glance at their rotation, you know why they’re not taken with a straight face.
- Minnesota Twins- The Twinkies dealt two young stars in OF’s Ben Revere and Denard Span. Although they got veteran arms in return, their lineup needs more than Joe Mauer.
- Miami Marlins- Even though they didn’t total 100 losses last season, doesn’t keep the Marlins from being categorized as the laughing stock of the league. The Fish bartered all of the guys they’d just signed and are easily projected to have the lowest attendance in the MLB.
- Houston Astros- As much as I desire a winning record for my hometown team, the ‘Stros will finish at the basement of their respective division, once again.
Well thanks for reading folks! Comment with your predictions and let’s look forward to a remarkable season!
12/23/2012 Leave a comment
I’ve got a 148-76 record with two more weeks let! Here are my week 16 picks:
Falcons over Lions
Packers over Titans
Jets over Chargers
Chargers over Jets
Texans over Vikings
Rams over Buccaneers
Panthers over Raiders
Dolphins over Bills
Bengals over Steelers
Patriots over Jaguars
Colts over Chiefs
Cowboys over Saints
Redskins over Eagles
Broncos over Browns
Giants over Ravens
Bears over Cardinals
Seahawks over 49ers
Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading!
12/13/2012 1 Comment
Bengals over Eagles
Buccaneers over Saints
Texans over Colts
Broncos over Ravens
Packers over Bears
Falcons over Giants
Vikings over Rams
Redskins over Browns
Dolphins over Jaguars
Lions over Cardinals
Seahawks over Bills
Chargers over Panthers
Cowboys over Steelers
Chiefs over Raiders
Patriots over 49ers
Titans over Jets
*Updated Super Bowl Prediction: Patriots over Packers*
Thanks for reading! Comment with your game picks!