2014 Season Predictions

Bay Rays' Longoria hits three-run homer off Blue Jays Morrow during MLB game in St. Petersburg

AL East (*signifies wild card)

  1. Tampa Bay Rays
  2. New York Yankees*
  3. Baltimore Orioles*
  4. Boston Red Sox
  5. Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Kansas City Royals
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Minnesota Twins

AL West

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Oakland A’s
  3. Los Angeles Angels
  4. Seattle Mariners
  5. Houston Astros

ALCS: Tampa Bay over Texas

NL East

  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Atlanta Braves*
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. New York Mets
  5. Philadelphia Phillies

NL Central

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Chicago Cubs

NL West

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks*
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. San Francisco Giants
  5. San Diego Padres

NLCS: Los Angeles over Washington

World Series: Tampa Bay over Los Angeles

AL MVP: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

AL Cy Young: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

NL Rookie of the Year: Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks

3 Bold Predictions

The Minnesota Twins will take the title of worst team in baseball away from the Astros.

The Twins struggled with just about everything a year ago. They couldn’t hit (13th in the AL in runs scored), they couldn’t keep runs off the board (14th in the AL in ERA) and they were historically inept in getting their opponents to swing and miss. The solution to these woes? Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. Let me repeat that. A professional baseball front office legitimately thinks they won’t lose 100 games with these two and Kevin Correia fronting their rotation. Hughes is guaranteed to be a disaster. He’s got a career 11-46 record when his offense scores fewer than 5 runs and that’s something Joe Mauer and the banjo pickers are going to be doing frequently.

The Miami Marlins will manage top the .500 mark

Thanks to a couple of superstar level talents in Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton and a couple of veteran additions, the Marlins will surprise a lot of people. Fernandez will get most of the buzz but the rest of the rotation has the chops to keep up. Jacob Turner has spent most of his minor league career populating the top 25 lists of most every major prospect rating company and he appears poised to break out. The offense will likely be Miami’s ultimate downfall, but don’t be surprised to see the Marlins hunting for the wild card come September.

 Jose Abreu will top the 30 homer mark

Abreu was an absolute revelation during the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which doubled as his introduction to most of the baseball viewing world. He hit a ballistic .383 with 3 homers and 9 RBI in 6 games, displaying the kind of prodigious power that made him a legend by 25 in Cuba. Abreu’s work regiment is already the stuff of legend in the Chicago clubhouse, and I expect that drive to push the White Sox back to respectability, while resulting in numbers that look something like a .275/30 homer/100 RBI year for the slugger.

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4 comments

  1. Sean Thornton

    In regards to Phil Hughes—Most of his gaudy stats occurred at Yankee Stadium and the right field porch. Take him away from there and put him in Target Field for half of his starts and I think you have a different pitcher.

    • David Hruska

      He’s got a 4.96 ERA in Yankees Stadium and a 4.07 elsewhere, so there is probably some truth to what you’re saying. I just don’t think his problems are that simple. His fastball is flat and he tends to pitch up in the zone which leads to tons of flyballs and home runs. He further compounds that problem with the lack of a strong secondary offering. He really should be a reliever at this point.

  2. Sean Thornton

    I guess Minnesota is going to find out. Change of environment might help as well. The Twins do fairly well with taking projects like Hughes and making them appear better than they are.

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