Deepest line-up in the AL, a good staff, and enough prospects to make one more move.
Tampa Bay (89-73)*
Leaving Wil Myers in AAA for service time reasons, as well as not putting Chris Archer in the rotation right now, might cost them the Division.
A better team this year, but without the ridiculous luck in one run and extra inning games. Gausman and Bundy being up in the 2nd half makes them a team to watch for 2014.
Will benefit greatly from the attention whoring Bobby V’s departure, as well as a comeback year from Jon Lester.
New York (72-90)
Zero young talent, best prospects still at least a year away, and an old, broken down roster all lead to the worst Yankee team in 20 years.
So many flaws, but 3 big stars and a bad division help them.
Good line-up, great manager, atrocious pitching.
Kansas City (75-87)
Couldn’t go all in on going for it, Shields is shipped out by mid season for some less than Wil Myers.
Chris Sale breaks down, Dunn looks lost, and Kenny Williams’ luck finally runs out.
Morneau is shipped out by midseason (possibly to Toronto), Mauer is probably injured again, and a helpless rotation is beat to death.
Love the multiple platoons, love the pitching, love the front office.
A good team, but a step down from a few years ago.
The season rests on the shoulder of Tommy Hanson. That is not a sturdy thing.
A mis-matched offense, but it’ll be fun when the young pitchers come up in the 2nd half.
Get a ton of shit for only spending 25mil on payroll this year, but what were they supposed to do? Give out big contracts for no reason? This will be a fun little experiment, and LF Chris Carter might set a record for lowest batting average in a 40HR season.
San Francisco (88-74)*
They just always figure it out.
Los Angeles (84-78)
Could win 100, could lose 100. But just a little over .500 feels right.
San Diego (81-81)
Scrappiness can only get you so far.
The Rockies have amassed quite possibly the worst rotation in baseball, play in the worst park for bad pitchers, have next to nothing on the way, and just hired what I believe was a JV softball coach as their manager.
This years Orioles, with a deep pitching staff, a Rizzo breakout, and some luck.
Dusty Baker is one of the worst managers in baseball history and the Aroldis Chapman decision was Dusty-level stupid.
St. Louis (88-74)
The lack of a middle infield is a slight problem.
You can sign all the Kyle Lohses you want and it’s not going to matter.
This will be a nice job for whomever the next Pittsburgh GM is.
The same team as last year, but with a true center fielder and lead-off man (Denard Span) replacing Mike Morse, steady Dan Haren replacing the up and down Edwin Jackson, and 20 year old Bryce Harper replacing 19 year old Bryce Harper.
Freddi Gonzalez and a gaping hole at 3rd base will hold them back all year long.
New York (66-96)
David Wright and the 7 dwarfs on offense.
A big fucking joke.
AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL CY YOUNG: Josh Johnson
AL ROY: Kevin Gausman/Dylan Bundy
Tampa over Texas
Tampa over Oakland, Toronto over Detroit
Tampa over Toronto
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
NL CY YOUNG: Jordan Zimmermann
NL ROY: Jedd Gyorko
Cincinnati over Atlanta (Sorry Jim)
Washington over Cincinnati, San Fran over Chicago
Washington over San Fran
Washington over Tampa