Here we go, the 2014 MLB predictions from Other League. Another round of point less picks that will undoubtedly be terribly wrong. If you want to see how Al and I did last year, you can read our predictions here. This year we have Charlie helping out as well. I’ve added some very little commentary on the bottom, but here is the meat and potatoes of the article, the turrible picks.
|Division Winners – AL||Colby||Al||Charlie|
|AL East||Tampa Bay Rays||Tampa Bay Rays||Boston Red Sox|
|AL Central||Detroit Tigers||Detroit Tigers||Detroit Tigers|
|AL West||Oakland A’s||Los Angeles Angels||Texas Rangers|
|Wild Card – AL|
|AL 1||Boston Red Sox||Boston Red Sox||Tampa Bay Rays|
|AL 2||Baltimore Orioles||Oakland A’s||Oakland A’s|
|Division Winners – NL|
|NL East||Washington Nationals||Atlanta Braves||Atlanta Braves|
|NL Central||St. Louis Cardinals||Pittsburgh Pirates||St. Louis Cardinals|
|NL West||Los Angeles Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Wild Card – NL|
|NL 1||San Francisco Giants||St. Louis Cardinals||Cincinnati Reds|
|NL 2||San Diego Padres||New York Mets||Washington Nationals|
|Awards – AL|
|MVP||Mike Trout||Mike Trout||Miguel Cabrera|
|Cy Young||David Price||Chris Sale||Yu Darvish|
|Rookie of the Year||Yordano Ventura||Xander Bogaerts||Xander Bogaerts|
|Awards – NL|
|MVP||Buster Posey||Hanley Ramirez||Joey Votto|
|Cy Young||Jose Fernandez||Clayton Kershaw||Adam Wainwright|
|Rookie of the Year||Billy Hamilton||Billy Hamilton||Javier Baez|
|NL Champion||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pittsburgh Pirates||St. Louis Cardinals|
|AL Champion||Tampa Bay Rays||Detroit Tigers||Detroit Tigers|
|WS Champion||Tampa Bay Rays||Pittsburgh Pirates||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Dark Horse Team||Toronto Blue Jays||Kansas City Royals||San Francisco Giants|
As you can see, Al is still homer picking the Atlanta Braves, despite their recent run of pitching injuries. Somehow Charlie has found it in his heart to agree with him, bless them both, but we know it is going to be the revamped Nationals that come out of the NL East this year.
The Tampa Bay Rays look as close to loaded as a team that never dives into free agency can. I expect them to overtake the defending World Series champions in the long run. After last year’s run of decency despite an even more terrible looking roster, I am terrified not to pick the Yankees after their spending spree. They are the most likely team that I didn’t pick to make me look terrible.
The NL awards races are much more interesting, as the AL MVP is still seen as a two-horse race, I’ll take Trout to finally break through please, and Xander Bogaerts being the hot name. The NL MVP should be up for grabs, reigning winner, Andrew McCutchen, should have a better representation than we have, but it is very hard to repeat as MVP for any reason. Billy Hamilton will simply get the counting stats to take the Rookie of the Year home with him. I am going out on a limb and picking the Big Fern to continue and build on his rookie season and to wrest the Cy Young award from the clutches of the tyrant that is Clayton Kershaw.
Three picks, three champions, that’s parity folks. If we had anything to do with the outcome that is. Tampa, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. All obviously have great cases to be the team and none of us will probably have picked correctly come October…let’s move on.
Dark horse teams are fun. I think the chances that the Blue Jays stay healthy and their pitching takes a step forward are below 50%, having said that, if they do, they could be a very exciting team to watch fight for a spot in the ever tough AL East. Al must agree with me when I say that I think the AL Central could be much more open than people expect it to be with the ever-present Tigers sitting at the top. I believe they’ll pull through in the end, but the Royals or Indians could certainly make it interesting, and that’s all it takes for the margin of error to cause havoc. Charlie pick San Francisco…well two of our dark horses were fun anyway.
-Colby Rogers (@FrontOfficeGuy)