Let's go to the National League:
Atlanta and Washington will fight all year for the NL East title. I will pick the Braves because of the Upton brothers and that great pitching staff.
Cincinnati will win easily in the NL Central. I don't see another team in that division that will challenge the Reds.
San Francisco will win the NL West because there is just too much pitching on that team. The Giants are Exhibit A that winning in baseball is all about pitching. Los Angeles and Arizona will be contenders but the Giants are just too strong.
Washington and Los Angeles will meet for the NL Wild Card game. The Dodgers will win and move on.
Let's go to the American League:
Toronto and Tampa Bay will have a very exciting pennant race. It will definitely come down to those games in September. I pick the Blue Jays to edge out the Rays. Sorry but the Yankees are too old and disabled and the Red Sox need a little time. Baltimore is a young team and you never know how they will do the second time around.
Detroit will win the NL Central. The rest of the division is weak but keep an eye on Kansas City because they've had a wonderful farm system for 3-4 years. They could surprise if the Tigers suffer injuries.
Texas and Los Angeles will fight for the pennant all year. It will come down to the last 6 games in late September. The Angels are very strong on paper but they have failed to deliver in the past. The Rangers have a lot of post-season experience and the starting rotation looks solid. I pick Texas to win the AL West on the last series of the season.
Los Angeles will play Tampa Bay for the AL Wild Card. The Rays will win and move on.
Cincinnati will beat Atlanta and San Francisco to win the NL title. Texas will beat Tampa Bay and then Toronto and return to the World Series for the 3rd time in 4 years!
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