Prediction Week on The Ghost of Moonlight Graham continues and concludes with perhaps the most important predictions of them all—who will win each division, who will be the two wild cards and who will ultimately win the World Series.
Let’s not waste any more time—here's a look at which teams will be playing October baseball.
X = Division Winner
Y = Wild Card
1. Atlanta Braves (X): Top to bottom this team is legit. Underrated starting rotation.
2. Philadelphia Phillies (Y): All-world starting rotation, but what else do they have? Injuries will hurt this team early, but it will survive.
3. Florida Marlins: Defense is still a massive problem for this team. Bullpen is shaky as well.
4. New York Mets: The Mets have more question marks than Matthew Lesko. They will become sellers in July.
5. Washington Nationals: Franchise has no direction, no pitching and mediocre defense. Bad combo.
1. Cincinnati Reds (X): They will survive April, and if they need something down the road, they have the young talent to make a trade.
2. Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers are all in for 2011. Unfortunately, it will end without making the playoffs.
3. St. Louis Cardinals: Losing Adam Wainwright was the death blow, and they have too many question marks throughout the lineup.
4. Chicago Cubs: Cubs will be better than people think. Consistent offense will be a problem in 2011.
5. Houston Astros: Starting rotation not that bad, but defense and offense will be brutal. Not much hope for this franchise
6. Pittsburgh Pirates: The only thing Pirate fans have to look forward to is seeing Andrew McCutchen on a day-to-day basis.
1. San Francisco Giants (X): Best rotation in the division, and offense will be improved with a full year of Buster Posey and Brandon Belt.
2. Colorado Rockies: Love the offense, but after Ubaldo Jimenez, that rotation is suspect at best.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers: Will have a hard time scoring runs in 2011. Aren’t very good in any particular area.
4. San Diego Padres: Padres won 90 with mirrors and magic wands in 2010. Will be lucky to finish .500 in 2011.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks: GM Kevin Towers has his work cut out for him in Arizona. They are a long ways away from winning.
1. Boston Red Sox (X): Last time Boston went all in during the offseason was in the winter of 2006-07, and it won the World Series in 2007. Just sayin’.
2. New York Yankees (Y): Bullpen will make up for any shortcomings in the starting rotation. Roster not too old to win 90 games.
3. Tampa Bay Rays: Rays are Internet darlings. Need too many things to go right to make the postseason yet again.
4. Toronto Blue Jays: Best fourth-place team in baseball. Franchise moving in right direction—just in wrong division.
5. Baltimore Orioles: Destination .500 is under way in Baltimore. Good offense, no pitching.
1. Chicago White Sox (X): Balanced offense, deep starting rotation and good bullpen. A lot of things to like with this team.
2. Minnesota Twins: I wish Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were locks to stay healthy. Sadly, they are not.
3. Detroit Tigers: Not good enough to be the Twins. Not bad enough to be the Indians.
4. Cleveland Indians: Tied with the Astros for “most irrelevant team in 2011″ award.
5. Kansas City Royals: Operation 2014 is under way in KC. This franchise will hit rock bottom in 2011.
1. Texas Rangers (X): Their offense should be good enough to make up for their less than stellar rotation. Will trade for a pitcher if they need one.
2. Oakland A’s: Everyone’s trendy pick in 2011. I don’t think they have enough to get by Texas.
3. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Too many holes in the lineup, and bullpen is going to be an adventure at times.
4. Seattle Mariners: King Felix, Ichiro and a bunch of ham n’ eggers. This team is going to be bad for a while.
National League Championship Series: Braves vs. Giants
American League Championship Series: Red Sox vs. White Sox
World Series: Braves vs. Red Sox
Winner: Red Sox
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