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2014 Preview and Predictions: AL West

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
*Oakland Athletics8874
Los Angeles Angels8676
Seattle Mariners8478
Texas Rangers8280
Houston Astros6696

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’ »

2014 Preview and Predictions: NL East

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
*Washington Nationals8975
Atlanta Braves8379
Philadelphia Phillies8181
New York Mets8181
Miami Marlins7092

*Division Winner

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’ »

2014 Preview and Predictions: NL Central

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:

2014 NL Central Prediction
*St. Louis Cardinals9270
**Pittsburgh Pirates8775
Cincinnati Reds8478
Milwaukee Brewers7686
Chicago Cubs6993

*Division winner – **Wild Card

St. Louis Cardinals - This team has been a force to be reckoned with for over a decade, and that is not about to change in 2014. The Cardinals have a legitimate ace in Adam Wainwright, a farm system that runs deep, and a roster chock full of guys with playoff experience. I expect St. Louis to make the NLCS for the fourth season in a row at the very least. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: NL Central’ »

2014 Preview and Predictions: NL West

The National League West is home to arguably the most loaded team in baseball, and yes that is a pun.

Here is how I predict the NL West will look at the end of the 2014 season:

2014 NL West Predictions
*Los Angeles Dodgers9171
**Arizona Diamondbacks8874
San Francisco Giants8379
San Diego Padres8280
Colorado Rockies8082

*Division winner – **Wild Card

Los Angeles Dodgers - Admittedly, I am still drooling over the Dodgers 46-10 run from last season, but you be hard pressed to find many not picking LA to win the NL West. It is a no-brainer. The Dodgers arguably have the best starting rotations in baseball lead by the duo Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, backed by a solid bullpen. And the offense is tops as well, with Yasiel Puig making a case for NL MVP. This division is the Dodgers to lose in 2014. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: NL West’ »

Yankees Trade Rumors: Adios Phelps really?

According to NY Post’s George A. King III, the Seattle Mariners sent scouts to watch David Phelps.

David Phelps' First Pitch of the 2013 Spring T...

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.

Since signing Robinson Cano, the Mariners have second baseman Nick Franklin available. So a team that needs infield depth, like the Yankees makes sense.

King confirmed this as well:

Yankees scouts are searching spring training camps for help at third and second base. With Robinson Cano entrenched at second, the Mariners might move Nick Franklin, although it would likely take more than Phelps to pry Franklin away. Continue reading ‘Yankees Trade Rumors: Adios Phelps really?’ »

Yankees: My season preview struggles

2014 Yankees Boom or Bust

2014 Yankees Season – Boom or Bust?

For the first time since I started back in 2009, I cannot get a feel for the how the New York Yankees will fair in the upcoming season.

I should be starting my 2014 team preview and prediction, but instead I am struggling somewhere between distrust and devotion.

The hopes of this team are riding heavily on Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia; all older players, all coming back from injuries.

And if the Yankees plan to be playing deep into October this season, they need all three to put up numbers closely to what they did in their primes.

The Yankees infield no longer has the added luxuries of Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez to fortify things if Jeter or Tex goes down. Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson aren’t equipped to deal.

As for Sabathia, the Yankees pay him to be their ace, not Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka or Ivan Nova. Continue reading ‘Yankees: My season preview struggles’ »