Shortly after I saw, Jefe's post, I received a text that my SI Baseball Preview was on the way. Before looking at either, I quickly made my own 2013 predictions. Here they are:
AL EAST Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees AL CENTRALCleveland IndiansDetroit Tigers*
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins
AL WEST Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels* Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics Houston Astros NL EAST Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves* Philadelphia Phillies New York MetsMiami MarlinsNL CENTRAL Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals Pittsburgh Pirates Milwaukee Brewers Chicago Cubs NL WEST Los Angeles Dodgers San Francisco Giants* San Diego Padres Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies PLAYOFFS: AL Wildcard: LA Angels def. Detroit 1-0 NL Wildcard: San Francisco def. Atlanta 1-0 ALDS: Texas def. LA Angels 3-2 Toronto def. Cleveland 3-2 NLDS: Washington def. San Francisco 3-0 Cincinnati def. LA Dodgers 3-2 ALCS: Texas def. Toronto 4-2 NLCS: Washington def. Cincinnati 4-1 WORLD SERIES: Washington def. Texas 4-3 AL Awards: MVP - Mike Trout Cy Young - Brandon Morrow ROY - Jurickson Profar MGR - Terry Francona NL Awards: MVP - Bryce Harper Cy Young - Stephen Strasburg ROY - Yasiel Puig MGR - Don Mattingly
Yes, the Texas Rangers are well on their way to becoming MLB's Buffalo Bills. But I've failed to bet on Nolan Ryan for too long, now. It won't happen again.
And following in Jefe's footsteps, here are my own 5 Bold Predictions:
4. The Kansas City Royals, failing to make the playoffs despite more preseason hype than - well, last season, fire Manager Ned Yost at the end of the season and replace him with Mike MacFarlane.
3. Noting the success of the Cardinals and the Dodgers, after being eliminated from the NLDS, the San Francisco Giants hire Barry Bonds as their hitting coach.
2. At the All-Star break, the Miami Marlins complete the deconstruction of their lineup by trading Mike, errr... Giancarlo Stanton to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Elvis Andrus, which paves the way for Jurickson Profar to play everyday at SS. Both Stanton and Profar are instrumental in the Rangers run to the World Series.
1. Much to my chagrin, and that of real baseball fans everywhere, after the "reported" success of inter-league play integrated throughout 2013, at the season's end the clamor for both leagues to play with the same rules will be greater than ever. Bud Selig will make make a sweeping, unilateral decision to implement the DH in the National League beginning in 2014.
I hope I'm wrong about some of this, particularly Bold Prediction #1. But unfortunately, I'm afraid you can take these predictions to the bank.
Let the game begin!