Alright! It's prediction time! Get hyphy!
The MLB returns Sunday and I cannot be more excited about it. Last year was bizarre for me as I watched my favorite team go from a laughing stock equal with the Expos to the World Series. It resulted in Thomas and I making an 18 hour trip (one-way mind you) to see Game 2. So here's to hoping that this season is a repeat for the Rays, but this time it ends with a title. Without any further to do, here are my predictions.
For this I know it can seem biased since I'm a die hard Rays fan, but I assure you (like Thomas said before me), that even if I was not a Rays fan this would be the same.
I think the Rays will repeat as long as they don't hit some sort of sophomoric hole and I believe that the Red Sox will take the wild card. If the Rays are this good at this point, it will be scary to see how great they will become.
As for the Yankees, I just have this gut feeling that this attempt to buy a championship will fall short. One thing that Boston and Tampa Bay have that the Yankees will not have is strong team chemistry. So unless that ragtag group of millionaires can band together like the A-team, they'll be watching the playoffs from their couches again.
Detroit made a surge towards the end of the season last year and I think they will be decent, but not good enough to get past Cleveland. Also the White Sox will finish last. That seems pretty much like a no-brainer.
Los Angeles of Anaheim/No Cal/San Bernardino/San Jose/Orange County
Griffey coming back for Seattle will raise spirits, but not their position in the standings. Oakland made some interesting moves and apparently are spreading the gospel of the new and improved version of "Money Ball", yet that will not top the regionally challenged Angels.
Look, this one is going to be a crap shoot. Any of those top three teams could win this division. I'm going to go with the Phillies because I feel they will be just as good as last season and also because I'm not putting the Mets in first, they'll choke. (How you like that Thomas?)
Alright, I assure you, I'm not insane. Pittsburgh has a lot of young talent and I think they're going to shock the world this season...BY FINISHING IN THIRD. Sadly I have to place the Cubs in first here. They really are the best team in this division. I'm not convinced that Milwaukee has filled their pitching holes this year and after looking at Houston's wonderful spring...they look destined for the cellar.
Tampa Bay over Angels 3-1
Cleveland over Boston 3-2
Philadelphia over Arizona 3-2
New York over Chicago 3-0 (Billy Goat'd)
Tampa Bay over Cleveland 4-2
New York over Philadelphia 4-0
World Series a.k.a Bro Big or Bro Home: Part Deux
Tampa Bay over New York 4-1
If you think my predictions are crazy, just remember two things: 1) Every year people making these are full of excrement. 2) We all thought the Tigers were going to be phenomenal and the Rays were going to be mediocre.