These are my early predictions for the 2010 MLB Divisional and Wild Card winners. Obviously there should be (and will be) a lot of debatable points presented in this article. I will do my best to present the reasons on why I chose who I did. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the matter.
Last year the New York Yankees were baseball's best team, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. It is hard not to pick them to be the favorites again this year when it really seems like they became even better in adding players such as Curtis Granderson and Javier Vasquez. I still think the AL East is going to be a tight race in 2010, but this time I do not believe there will be two teams from the division going to the postseason as it has been so often in the past.
Last year the White Sox seemed to consistently stay close to the top of the AL Central. However, they could never get over the hump and finished the season 3rd in the division. This year should be different. With a stacked rotation including Mark Buehrle and Jake Peavy and a potent offensive unit of veterans and young talent, the White Sox should take the division.
Everyone seems to be saying that this is going to be the Angels off year after losing players such as John Lackey , Vladimir Guerrero, and Chone Figgins. However, I just feel that Mike Scioscia and his staff will pull it off and once again win this division, utilizing a young core of pitchers and an underrated offensive brigade.
Last year the Tigers let the division title slip from their hands in the final days of the season. They should rebound from this fine and use it to motivate them throughout the season. A good young pitching staff and explosive offense should lead them to many wins and the wild card berth.
The Phillies are another team that were clearly great last season and just seemed to improve. Last year they had Cliff Lee for only half the season. Yes, they lost a great pitcher in Lee, but this year they added Roy Halladay who will be with them for the whole season. They have the talent and the experience to cruise into the post season.
The Cardinals are one of the more easier predictions for a divisional winner. They have two Cy Young finalists in their rotation, they resigned Matt Holiday, and of course MVP Albert Pujols. They should be able to easily lock up the central.
The San Francisco Giants are an underrated team to me. Last season they won 88 games and I feel they will improve this season. They are backed by a solid rotation led by back to back Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. They have also signed Mark Derosa and resigned Bengie Molina to bolster their offense.
Last year most were predicting the Mets to win it all. Later on in the season, due to an abundance of injuries and sub-par play, it was clear that was not going to happen. But does that mean we can automatically write the Mets off for this season? Absolutely not. They added a key bat in Jason Bay and we have to assume that most of the team will be healthy come opening day. Some may argue about their rotation past Johan, but the truth of the matter is any decent pitcher they can pick up most likely will prosper in pitcher friendly Citi Field. Also, do not forget they still have K-Rod for those tight games.