With the Giants defeating the Royals in the 2014 World Series thanks to the historic efforts of Madison Bumgarner, all teams will now turn their attention to 2015 and so will I by offering the earliest predictions for the upcoming season that you will see anywhere. Being this early makes them pointless, but it does make them first.
Kansas City should win the AL Central as they are a team on the rise and the Tigers are a team on the decline, especially with the potential loss of Max Scherzer, and Miguel Cabrera’s more-serious-than-expected foot injury.
The Dodgers had the clear edge in the NL West last year, but they have some things to fix over the winter (i.e. shortstop) and the Giants are a team on the rise. Too close to call right now.
The Orioles and Nationals should repeat in their divisions. The Red Sox restocked with some excellent trades this year, and with money to spend on free agents, they could pose a problem. The Mets, while on the rise, aren’t on the Nationals’ level yet.
The AL West is a total toss up. Oakland, Los Angeles, and Seattle are all in the mix and neither Texas nor Houston will be as bad as they were this year.
Look for the Pirates to take the NL Central. It’s dangerous picking against the Cardinals, but I think St. Louis is on a down turn. Some fools will pick the Cubs to go from worst to first. They will be wrong, but before April gets here, everyone outside of Chicago will be sick of hearing how they are a good young team on the rise. Even though they are.
Okay, these are half predictions and half observations and if I get them half right, I will be wholly happy!
APPEARANCE NOTE: I will be discussing Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser with the Baltimore/Washington SABR chapter this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia, MD. It’s free and open to the public, so if you can make it, come on out!