MLB Playoff Preview: How All the Pennant Races Will Play Out
With the playoff races heating up, and everything starting to take shape, I am here to put in my opinion on who will win each MLB division, who will win each pennant, and who will win the Fall Classic.
The only division in the MLB right now with possibly a clear outlook is the AL West, but anything can happen.
I'll keep it short and sweet, so here we go.
AL East Champions
The Tampa Bay Rays will win the AL East.
They are currently tied with the New York Yankees for the division lead. The New York Yankees are an incredibly tough team, but I think the Rays will come out on top in this division.
They will win the division in the final days of the season by one or two games.
AL Central Champions
The Minnesota Twins will win the AL Central.
They are currently up by three games and the White Sox seem like they may be fading a little bit.
It will come down to the final couple weeks for this division, and I think the Twins will end up winning by two or three games over the Sox.
AL West Champions
The Texas Rangers will win the AL West.
As of right now, they don't really have much competition from the rest of their division. They have a big lead, and they won't look back.
They will win by 10-plus games, though it's already over.
AL Wild Card Champions
Since I have the Rays winning the AL East, the Yankees will win the AL Wild Card.
Whoever doesn't win the AL East will win the Wild Card. It's basically that simple.
NL East Champions
I have the Braves winning the AL East.
Their main competition is the Philadelphia Phillies, who I really don't think will come back to win this division with all their injuries. The Phillies are a good team, but the Braves are better.
I think the Braves will win the division by four games and will win it within the last three weeks of the season.
NL Central Champions
The St. Louis Cardinals will prevail over the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central.
Both teams are great, but with the base-brawl last week, the Reds lit a fire within the monster that is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals will keep winning and won't look back.
The Cardinals will win the division by three or four games in the last two weeks of this season.
NL West Champions
Just like the AL East, I believe whoever doesn't win this division will be the Wild Card champions.
And I believe the San Diego Padres will win the NL West over the San Francisco Giants.
Both are great teams, but the Padres are starting to pick up the pace, and the Giants aren't.
The Padres will win the NL West by three to five games in the last few weeks on the season.
NL Wild Card Champions
The Giants will win the NL Wild Card.
They have some of the best starting pitchers in the league, although Tim Lincecum is having an off year.
The Giants will make the playoffs behind their starting pitching.
The AL Champions
I believe the Texas Rangers will win the AL pennant.
They have some tough competition with the Rays, Yankees, and Twins, but they will get through it. They will beat the Rays, or Yankees, first, then they will take on whomever beats the Twins in the first round.
They will then win over the the one team remaining and make it to the Fall Classic.
The NL Champions
The Atlanta Braves will beat the Padres first, then take on the Cardinals to determine who goes to the World Series.
The Cardinals will lose the Braves, and the Braves will make it to the World Series.
It will be tough for the Braves, but they will prevail.
World Series Champions
The Texas Rangers will win the World Series over the Atlanta Braves.
The Rangers have hitting up and down their entire lineup, and their pitching has just gotten better as the season has gone on.
The Texas Rangers will be the 2010 World Series Champions!
AL MVP: Josh Hamilton. If there's a better player in baseball, I've yet to see him.
NL MVP: Joey Votto. He's having an insane year for the Reds, who I don't think will make the playoffs. Still, Votto will win this award.
AL R.O.Y.: Austin Jackson. The Tigers got rid of Curtis Granderson, and this is who they got. Smart trade.
NL R.O.Y.: Buster Posey. This kid is having an incredible year at the plate and in the field for the Giants. Incredible.
AL Cy Young: Cliff Lee. He may not have the most wins or strikeouts, but he missed a month. Nobody is pitching like this guy this year.
NL Cy Young: Adam Wainwright. He isn't as talked about as the other pitchers, but he is having a better year than anybody else.
Anything I missed?
Feel free to share your opinions on all topics.
All comments are welcome and thanks for reading!