All 30 teams set out with the same goal, but in the end, only one team can achieve it.
Which begs the question; which team will it be?
The revamped Red Sox or the pitching-rich Phillies? Or will the Yankees pounce from the weeds to win a 28th Title? Will the Rangers avenge their loss in the Series last year, or will the Giants repeat?
How it all plays out is anyone's guess. I've taken a shot in the dark and tried to forecast what happens this October.
Before I get to my predictions for the postseason, I'll fill you in to how I see the pennant race playing out.
In the American League, the Boston Red Sox will be as good as advertised, winning the most games in baseball and the AL East. In the ALDS, they'll match up with the Detroit Tigers, who hold off the Minnesota Twins to win the AL Central.
White Boston hogged the headlines this past Winter, the New York Yankees still have way too much talent to not be in the playoff picture; they'll win the AL Wild Card. They'll play the Oakland A's, who win the AL West on the strength of their young rotation and a rejuvenated lineup.
In the National League, the Phillies overcome some injuries and win the most games in the senior circuit behind their much hyped rotation. Pitching will reign supreme in the NL Central as well as the Milwaukee Brewers will usurp the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the postseason.
In the postseason, the Brewers will take on the NL West champions, the Colorado Rockies. While Colorado will rise to the top of the NL West, the defending champion San Francisco Giants will manage to get in via the wild card and take on Philadelphia.
Please leave me some feedback and check out my awards predictions as well. Happy Opening Day everybody.