When considering the powerhouses in the East and Central, the West looks to be the weakest division in the American League in 2014.
But, mediocrity does not have to lack competition, and the AL West will feature a four-team race for the division for sure. The only sure thing is the Houston Astros will firmly keep their hold of the division’s basement.
Here is my prediction of how the AL West will look at the end of the 2014 season:
2014 AL West Perdicitions
Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics – The A’s won 96 games in 2013, so it would be stupid to bet against them in 2014. The A’s boost a legit young pitching staff, and a good bullpen that will turn great in May when Eric O’Flaherty returns. The offense can hit too with four players smacking 22+ homers last season. Plus the A’s have depth to withstand inevitable minor injuries. While Oakland doesn’t stand out in one particular area, they also don’t stink in one either. But the key to the A’s is they know how to win, and that is the point right? Welcome to Moneyball. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: AL West’ »
I find the East to be the least thrilling division in the National League, as it was more fun to watch when the Phillies and Mets were at the top.
Here is how I think the 2014 NL East standings will look like:
2014 NL East
New York Mets
Washington Nationals – The Nationals are only in the top spot due to the Braves ruff Spring Training. This team couldn’t do it last season with almost the same group, so better hope familiarity breeds’ chemistry. I like the Doug Fister trade, as it bolsters a starting rotation already with Stephen Strasburg. But it was offense that kept them out of postseason in 2013. Now the question remains can Bryce Harper stay healthy all season long to make an impact? Look for the Nats to win the division by default anyway. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: NL East’ »
Like last season, the 2014 NL Central has a clear top team and clear bottom one, while the biggest storyline will be the fight for second place. But one thing is for sure; the teams and fans in this division are full of grit.
Here is how I think the 2014 NL Central will look at the end of the season:
David Phelps’ First Pitch of the 2013 Spring Training Season (Photo credit: mutrock)
The Mariners are looking to add some starting pitching depth due to recent injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma (right middle finger) and Taijuan Walker (sore right shoulder). Iwakuma’s finger is expected to be fine in three weeks, while Walker’s shoulder will be checked again in a week with a return more up in the air.
One thing for sure is that neither starter will be in the Mariner’s rotation on Opening Day, so Seattle is looking to trade for a possible arm.