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MLB Breakdown: 2013 Edition

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Break out the baseball gloves, baseballs and your favorite team gear, opening day for Major League Baseball is finally here! Here is my breakdown of the division winners and award winners for the upcoming baseball season. Each team’s 2012 record will be in parenthesis as well as how I think they will do in 2013 in bold.

National League West

  1. San Francisco Giants                        (94-68)                        89-73
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers                        (86-76)                        88-74
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks                     (81-81)                        85-77
  4. San Diego Padres                             (76-86)                        72-90
  5. Colorado Rockies                              (64-98)                        62-100

National League Central-

  1. Cincinnati Reds                                 (97-65)                        99-63
  2. Milwaukee Brewers                           (83-79)                        89-73
  3. St. Louis Cardinals                            (88-74)                        89-73
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates                              (79-83)                        82-80
  5. Chicago Cubs                                   (61-101)                       68-94

National League East-

  1. Washington Nationals                       (98-64)                        102-60
  2. Atlanta Braves                                      (94-68)                         99-63
  3. Philadelphia Phillies                          (81-81)                         85-76
  4. New York Mets                                     (74-88)                         63-99
  5. Miami Marlins                                      (69-93)                         52-110

American League West

  1. Texas Rangers                                (93-69)                         92-70
  2. Los Angeles Angels                        (89-73)                         90-72
  3. Oakland Athletics                            (94-68)                         84-75
  4. Seattle Mariners                              (75-87)                         82-80
  5. Houston Astros                               (55-107)                       50-112

 American League Central-

  1. Detroit Tigers                                 (88-74)                           95-67
  2. Chicago White Sox                       (85-77)                           88-74
  3. Minnesota Twins                           (66-96)                           75-87
  4. Cleveland Indians                         (68-94)                            73-89
  5. Kansas City Royals                      (72-90)                           65-97

American League East-

  1. Toronto Blue Jays                         (73-89)                           94-68
  2. Tampa Bay Rays                          (90-72)                           92-70
  3. Boston Red Sox                           (69-93)                           86-76
  4. Baltimore Orioles                         (93-69)                           84-78
  5. New York Yankees                       (95-67)                           76-86

National League Playoffs

  • Washington, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Atlanta, Milwaukee
  • Washington over Cincinnati in NLCS

American League Playoffs

  • Detroit, Toronto, Texas, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles
  • Tampa Bay over Detroit in ALCS

World Series

  • Nationals defeat Rays 4-2

Award Winners

  • AL MVP: Mike Trout (Los Angeles)
  • AL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Detroit)
  • AL Manager of the Year: John Gibbons (Toronto)
  • NL MVP: Bryce Harper (Washington)
  • NL Cy Young: Steven Strasburg (Washington)
  • NL Manager of the Year: Davey Johnson (Washington)

So there you have it; my predictions for the upcoming baseball season. I would be surprised if even half of them were correct at the end, but that is the exciting part of watching the season play out; anything can happen.

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