by Wes Granger
EAST: New York Yankees – I think their pitching staff will be healthy this year and that lineup is just sick, even without A-Rod.
CENTRAL: Detriot – I think it’ll be between Detroit and Minnesota, but I think after their absymal performance last year, the Tigers have something to prove. Should be a great competition all season in the Central.
WEST: Angels – The injuries to Santana, Escobar, and Lackey will hurt, but I think their offense will keep them afloat enough in their absence
WILDCARD: Tampa Bay Rays – I think Boston’s pitching staff is going to be its downfall this season. They tasted it last year and they’re going back.
EAST: New York Mets – I think their pitching staff is going to be the key and they have a lot of talent that’s going to need to step up, but they have the tools to do it.
CENTRAL: Chicago Cubs – there is no one else in the division! If Harden goes down with a major injury, these guys are going to be in major trouble. Maybe they’ll still land Peavy, maybe…(I wish).
WEST: Arizona Diamondbacks – I think these guys might surprise a lot of people this year. They’re a very well balanced team in pitching and offense and I expect big things.
WILDCARD: Philadelphia Phillies – I think Hamels is going to be affected by all his innings last spring and will have some problems throughout the year. Their Offense is top notch though and will carry them throughout the year.
Yankees over Tigers
Rays over Angels
Yankees over Rays – CC is going to singlehandedly win the series
Mets over Cubs – I’m a Cubs fan, but the Mets are too good
Phillies over Diamondbacks
Mets over Phillies – Revenge
A World Series to Die For: Mets vs Yankees – advantage Mets
American League Awards:
AL MVP: Mark Teixeira
AL Cy Young: CC Sabathia
AL Rookie of the Year: Matt Weiters
AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Erik Bedard
AL Batting Crown: Justin Morneau
AL Home Run Title: Carlos Quentin
AL RBI Title: Mark Teixeira
National League Awards:
NL MVP: David Wright
NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb
NL Rookie of the Year: Cameron Maybin
NL Manager of the Year: Joe Torre
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Rafael Furcal
NL Batting Crown: Albert Pujols
NL Home Run Title: Ryan Howard
NL RBI Title: Ryan Howard