Angels 100-62- The Angels are well coached, have good balance on offense and have lights out pitching.
Mariners 90-72- The Mariners are on the rise and with the addition of Bedard to an already solid rotation should continue their upswing.
A's 72-90- Got rid of their top pitcher (Haran) and their heart and soul (Swisher) but still will finish better than the Rangers
Rangers- 65-97- This is one of the worst franchises in sports right up there with the Clippers. They need pitching. They don't have any. No starter in their rotation will get 12 wins.
White Sox- 94-68- Yes this is my favorite team. But I am usually hard on them. I think they have made great improvements offensively and defensively. The one question mark is the starting pitching, but I think Jose Contreras will have a good season and Gavin Floyd will be suprisingly solid. The addition of Bartolo Colon gives them a veteran to plug in just in case. Jenks, Linebrink and Dotel make for a strong back end to the pen. The offense will be solid with Cabrerra, Swisher, Thome, Dye, Konerko and Pierzynski. Their young players ,Fields and Owens, will continue to build off of their 2nd half of 2007. Suprise team.
Tigers- 89-73- The Tigers made a big splash early with Edgar Renteria and Miguel Cabrerra which will give them a great offense. However, I think they will not overcome a lackluster starting rotation that has question marks with Rogers, Willis, Bonderman and Robertson. The bullpen also has its fair share of worries. Will Zumaya come back? If he does will he be his old self? Todd Jones? Fernando Rodney? I am not sold on the Tigers.
Indians 86-76- Sabathia's contract situation is going to hurt this team. I don't think the Indians will be able to match what they did last year. The bullpen with Borowski as the closer will not survive like it did somehow last year. After Sizemore and Martinez the hitting is a question mark. Indians will be good but not good enough. They needed to make a stronger offseason push and fell way short.
Twins- 76-86- The departure of Hunter and the trade of Santana will hurt the Twins this season. They did aquire Delmon Young, however, but their staff is in shambles with the loss of Garza, Silva and Santana. This will be a short lived bad run for the Twins, however, as they will vastly improve by 2010.
Royals- 72-90- The Royals remain a below average club. They spend money on the wrong people, they develop talent that doesn't materialize, and they belong with the Rangers as one of the worst franchises in sports.
Red Sox 105-57-The Red Sox are the top dogs in baseball again. The rotation is strong, the offense is strong and the bullpen is strong. There are no holes on this team from top to bottom. They get huge hits when they need them. They are the Yankees of the 90s. And they make me sick, but it is what it is. Another east title for the BoSox.
Toronto Blue Jays- 91- 71- The Blue Jays are your A.L. wild card winners in 2008. Vernon Wells will come back to form. A good Wells teamed with Alex Rios, Frank Thomas, Aaron Hill and a healthy Scott Rolen give the Blue Jays a very formidable offense. The pitching is there as well with Roy Halladay, AJ Burnett and youngsters Shaun Marcum and Dustin McGowan. The bullpen is solid with BJ Ryan eyeing an early return, Jeremy Accardo and Casey Jansen.
NY Yankees- 85-77- The Yankees tough year is still a good year for most teams in the league with 85 wins. Joe Girardi will find it a tough go in his first season in the Bronx. The rotation is filled with question marks after Wang. The steroid scandal teamed with aging stars and big contracts will leave the Yankees out of the playoffs for the first time in a long time.
Tampa Bay Rays- 77-85- The Rays are improving. They have pretty decent, young starting pitching. They found themselves a closer in Percival, they have good young players at most positions. Their long relief and the lack of a solid veteran or two will leave the Rays under .500 again, but this isn't the same Rays team that had no shot against your local high school team like a few seasons ago.
Baltimore Orioles- 64-98- It is a shame how far the Orioles have fallen. By trading away Bedard they have lost their only consistant starter they have had in the last 10 years. The bullpen is a mess without Ray and Baez. They have noone to replace Tejada in the lineup. It is a miracle that they will not lose 100 games and the only reason they won't is because Nick Markakis is that good of a ballplayer. They will probably trade him too. Look for the Orioles to compete in the year 2015.
N.Y. Mets 96-66- Despite that God awful collapse at the end of the year, the addition of Johan Santana will make people forget about that. Santana along with John Maine and El Duque give the Mets a solid rotation. Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran will put up great numbers. They may win more games if Carlos Delgado proves he can hit on a more consistent basis in 08.
Philidelphia Phillies- 90-72- Not enough in the rotation to match the Mets. Still have a great offensive club, but the loss of Rowand will hurt. Brad Lidge will help the bullpen and 90 wins is nothing to be disappointed with, but the Phillies will be home in October.
Atlanta Braves- 80-82- Tom Glavine was a nice signing for the Braves, but the loss of Renteria and Andruw Jones will leave the Braves hurting for the first half of 2008. They will improve after the break but not enough to make it to .500.
Washington Nationals- 72- 90- Their solid bullpen will keep them out of last place in the NL East in 08. They also have some pretty solid outfielders in Elijah Dukes, Lastings Millege. They have a decent bench with Nick Johnson, Willie Harris, Aaron Boone and Rob Mackowiak (even though I can't stand him). Their starting pitching is awful though so 4th place is as high as the Nationals will rise. They will ,however, have a better record than their Beltway rival Orioles. Rough year for DC/Maryland baseball.
Florida Marlins- 69- 93- They will struggle finding their way without their leaders- Cabrerra and Willis, however the Marlins are at the beginning of another upswing they will result in at least a playoff run in the near future. Unlike the rest of the last place teams the Marlins have a bright future ahead of them with Maybin, Ramirez, Andrew Miller, Uggla and Willingham. Look for the Marlins to be contenders as early as 2010. In 08 however, it's a bottom of the barrel year for the young fighting fish.
Chicago Cubs- 93- 69- Unfortunately the Cubs are going to win the Central this year. This will be the first time in 700 years that both sides of Chicago will celebrate a playoff team. The pitching is good enough to pull through in the weak central with Zambrano, Hill, and Lilly. They have the best offense by far of any other team in the division with Ramirez, Soriano, Lee and Fukudome. The bullpen is decent enough too with Howry, Marmol and Kerry Wood. Good year for Chicago baseball in 08.
Milwaukee Brewers- 87-75- The Brew Crew have talent in Fielder, Braun, Hardy, Hall, Weeks and Hart. They have a veteran in the line up after the first month with Cameron. However, their pitching is going to leave the Brewers out of the playoffs again in 08. If they could get a decent starter for Hall or Weeks I would certainly do it. The loss of Cordero leaves them hoping Gagne or Turnbow can regain their past success and I don't see either one of them being able to do it which will leave David Riske as their only viable bullpen option. Good talent-Not enough to compete with the Cubbies this year though unfortunately.
Houston Astros- 80-82- The Astros will win 80 games with most of the wins coming off the bats of Berkman, Lee and Tejada. Michael Bourn and Kaz Matsui are solid pick ups- as is Darrin Erstad if he can be a force off the bench. Valverde gives them a good closer, however the rotation and middle relief is not what it was when they made the World Series in 2005. Wandy Rodriguez should have a good year, but two pitchers is not enough to compete, even in the weak NL Central.
Cincinatti Reds- 75-87- The Reds have some decent pop in their lineup with Griffey, Dunn, Phillips and Encarnacion, but it is the same old story for the Reds. They were not able to land a starter (if they get Blanton things may be a little different but not enough to put them at 85 wins). Cordero will greatly help out in the bullpen. Lack of pitching depth remains the Reds downfall though. Not even with Dusty we Trusty running the show will things be all that different.
Pittsburgh Pirates-73- 89- The Pirates will stay out of the cellar this season. They have a couple of solid pitchers in Snell and Gorzelanny. They have a veteran in Matt Morris. They have some good young hitters in Sanchez, Bay, LaRoache, Nady and Bautista. The bullpen is unspectacular with Marte and Capps being the headliners, but it is enough to beat out the struggling Cardinals in 08.
St. Louis Cardinals- 70- 92- Another tough season is on the horizon in St. Louis. With Pujols arm in question, Duncan and Ankiel being counted on in the outfield and hoping that Matt Clement and Juan Gonzalez can come back to the majors and be productive, I think the Cardinals are in need of a franchise turnover. The starting staff is in shambles, the bullpen has gotten worse than last year and they traded one hurt third baseman for another. Personally I think Rolen is better than Glaus so they even got taken there. Tough year for Tony and the Redbirds.
Colorado Rockies- 94- 68- The Rockies will prove last year was no fluke in 2008. Holliday, Atkins, Hawpe, Helton are back agian in 08. The only key loss was Matsui and they are hopeful Nix can replace him. Troy Tulowitzki is an MVP candidate in 2008. The starting staff is solid with Francis, Cook and Jiminez. The bullpen is solid with Vizcaino, Fuentes and Manny Corpas who was outstanding in 07. Some may predict a fall from grace with the Rockies- not me. AL West title in Denver.
Arizona Diamondbacks- 91- 71- The DBacks will also remain strong in 2008. The rotation of Webb, Johnson, Haran, Davis and Owings leaves the DBacks with one of the strongest in the Majors if they all remain healthy. Young exciting players in Drew, Young, and Upton provide some quality hitting. The loss of Valverde will leave them out of first in the NL, but they still have a very formidable bullpen. Orlando Hudson and Eric Byrnes will be back to provide solid leadership. One problem the DBacks have is lack of a power hitter. Another fine season in the desert though.
San Diego Padres 88- 74- Good top of the rotation with Peavy, Young and Maddux. If Wolf and Prior are healthy they could be dangerous. Unfortunately they play in the toughest division of the NL. They have a good bullpen with Bell and Hoffman. Adrian Gonzalez gives them solid pop in the middle of the line up. The addition of Tadahito Iguchi will be a solid one for the Padres. However, relying on Edmonds, Giles, Prior and Hairston will all prove to be fatal for the 08 Padres playoff chances.
Los Angeles Dodgers- 82-80- Joe Torre worked magic when he had Rivera, Jeter and Georges deep pockets. He will not be able to turn around the Dodgers just year though. The Dodgers spend their money terribly. Loaiza, Penny, Schmidt all have had good years in the past but can you count on any of them for a full season? Russell Martin is a star behind the plate but the Dodgers are an odd mix. Pierre, Kemp, Jones, Kent, Loney, Nomar...its all just wierd. It's kind of like a flea market of former stars and failing prospects. My guess is the pitching will be good enough to get them to about .500 but to expect a playoff miracle out of Torre is asking way too much.
San Francisco Giants- 67-95- This team is in the downside of a transition period. The offense will suffer without even last years version of Bonds. They overpaid for Zito last year and Rowand this year. Their middle infield would be great if this was 1996 with Vizquel and Durham. The top power threat is Bengie Molina. Their starters are too young to make a serious impact. The rotation could be outstanding in a year or two with Linecum, Cain and Lowry if they hold on to them. The bullpen is inexperienced. They will be in a dogfight with the Orioles for the title as worst team in the league for 2008. I expect them to win that battle, but that will be all that is won. They will be wishing Bonds was there to take the heat come May.
Red Sox vs. White Sox- Strong comeback season for White Sox unfortunately ends here in 5 games.
Blue Jays vs. Angels- Angels pitching too tough for Blue Jays- Angels in 4.
Mets vs. Diamondbacks- Mets win in 5- Santana is too strong in a 5 game series.
Cubs Vs. Rockies- Rockies cruise to a 3 game sweep.
Red Sox vs. Angels- There will be a new champion as Angels rotation proves to be too good for even Boston. Angels in 7.
Mets Vs. Rockies- The Rockies are headed back to another World Series. Rockies in 6.
Angels vs. Rockies- A.L. proves dominant again as the Angels knock off Colorado in 5.
MVP- AL- Alex Rios Toronto
MVP-NL- Troy Tulowitzki Colorado
CY -AL- Josh Beckett- Boston
Cy- NL- Brandon Webb - Arizona
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