March 31, 2013

2013 MLB predictions – from A-Rod's HBP count to Washington's World Series pursuit

The Angels and Nationals are the two scariest teams on paper heading into 2013, and I just couldn't convince myself to type in any other teams to reach the World Series. Will Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez stifle the thunderous trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton? We'll find out in October.

The Yankees, well, I believe in them more than most do. Many pundits don't give them a fighting chance because of all the home runs lost in the offseason and their aging core, but many have forgotten about one of the most balanced pitching staffs in the majors. Yes, I'm talking about the Yankees.

BUT, I just can't pick them to win the East after watching the Blue Jays win the offseason by a landslide; R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes and old friend Melky Cabrera are just a few of their prized pickups. Look for the Blue Birds to bolster their bullpen at the break and fly away with the division title...

Anyway, let's get down to it.

AL East 
1. Blue Jays 
2. Yankees* 
3. Rays
4. Orioles
5. Red Sox

AL Central 
1. Tigers 
2. Royals 
3. White Sox
4. Indians
5. Twins

AL West 
1. Angels 
2. Rangers* 
3. Athletics
4. Mariners 
5. Astros

NL East 
1. Nationals
2. Braves* 
3. Marlins
4. Phillies
5. Mets 

NL Central 
1. Reds
2. Pirates
3. Brewers
4. Cardinals
5. Cubs

NL West 
1. Dodgers 
2. Giants*
3. Diamondbacks 
4. Padres
5. Rockies

*Wild Card Winner 

AL Champion: Angels 
NL Champion: Nationals 
World Series Champion: Nationals, 6 games 

AL MVP: Evan Longoria  
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen  
AL Cy: David Price
NL Cy: Clayton Kershaw 
AL RoY: Wil Myers
NL RoY: Zack Wheeler
AL Manager: Jim Leyland  
NL Manager: Don Mattingly 
Yankee Stats 
Mariano Rivera saves: 27 
David Robertson saves: 12 
Derek Jeter GIDP: 29 
Robinson Cano 2B: 51 
Brett Gardner AVG: .343   
Hiroki Kuroda W: 17  
Francisco Cervelli CS: 27 (defense) 
Ichiro Suzuki H: 188 
Alex Rodriguez HBP: 7 (assuming he plays about half the season)

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