McAdam's 2014 MLB season predictions

McAdam's 2014 MLB season predictions
March 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Some predictions -- team and individual -- for the 2014 baseball season:

ORDER OF FINISH

AL EAST
1) BOSTON - Good enough to repeat -- in the division
2) TAMPA BAY - Deep rotation makes them a handful
3) NEW YORK - Offense much better, but lots of depth, bullpen issues
4) BALTIMORE - Even with Jimenez, lots of pitching questions remain
5) TORONTO - A mess, frankly

AL CENTRAL
1) DETROIT - Window starting to close, but rotation still dominant
2) KANSAS CITY - Improved, but playoff drought continues
3) CLEVELAND - Overachievers a year ago, due for step back
4) CHICAGO - A year away from being factors in the division
5) MINNESOTA - Strong farm system, but not helping yet

AL WEST
1) TEXAS - Key is to survive first month with all the spring injuries
2) LOS ANGELES - Bounce back seasons for Pujols and Hamilton
3) OAKLAND - Pitching injuries hurt
4) SEATTLE - When does Robinson Cano ask out?
5) HOUSTON - Getting there, but not competitive yet.


AL WILD CARD TEAMS: LOS ANGELES, TAMPA BAY

AL CHAMPS: TEXAS


NL EAST
1) WASHINGTON - Too much talent to come up short
2) ATLANTA - Might have had a chance to win before Tommy John epidemic hit
3) NEW YORK - Not very good, but then, neither is the division
4) MIAMI - Heading in the right direction
5) PHILADELPHIA - Most interesting aspect of season: where does Cliff Lee go?

NL CENTRAL
1) ST. LOUIS - Deep, deep talent pool, with young pitching the envy of baseball
2) PITTSBURGH - Good, but not good enough to keep up with Cards
3) MILWAUKEE - Could sneak up a spot, but need everything to go right
4) CINCINNATI - A dropoff from last season
5) CHICAGO - Their time will come, but not this season

NL WEST
1) LOS ANGELES -- Anything less than a pennant will be seen as a failure
2) SAN FRANCISCO -- Offense still light, but pitching keeps them in the picture
3) SAN DIEGO - Could be the surprise of the league
4) ARIZONA - Young and talented, but loss of Corbin a critical blow
5) COLORADO - Not a factor


NL WILD CARD TEAMS
PITTSBURGH, SAN FRANCISCO

      
NL CHAMPS - LA


WORLD SERIES
LA OVER TEX



AWARDS

AL CY YOUNG: Chris Sale
NL CY YOUNG: Jose Fernandez
AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Yordano Ventura
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Gregory Polanco
AL HOME RUN LEADER: Jose Bautista
NL HOME RUN LEADER: Giancarlo Stanton

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Ned Yost
NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Matt Williams


FIRST AL MANAGER FIRED: John Gibbons
FIRST NL MANAGER FIRED: None

FIRST AL TEAL ELIMINATED: Minnesota
FIRST NL TEAM ELIMINATED: Colorado