Yankees – they always hit in Yankee Stadium, and if they’re healthy, their whole pitching staff can be really good.
Blue Jays (WC) – I hope I’m wrong because I’d love to have the Jays win the East, but there’s just so many unknowns about this team (CF, 2B, SP, RP), it makes things unpredictable. They could conceivable finish anywhere from 1st to 4th. I like 88 wins though.
Red Sox – This is another team that could be a lot higher. I like what they’ve done and they have depth galore, but that SP I’m not a huge fan of. Porcello though could have a monster season.
Orioles – I’m probably underestimating them here because their offense shouldn’t be much different than last year despite the players who left (e.g., is Snider really that much worse than Markakis?). They have solid pitching throughout.
Rays – Good starting rotation and terrific OF defense will still play. As always, can they hit enough though?
Indians – They could have a scary good pitching staff, and why not pick another sleeper team that could go all the way?
Tigers – Ageing core with potential for injuries. SP not as good. Not this year Detroit, sorry.
Royals – Shouldn’t be as good as last year especially without Shields. I expect a drop off, but maybe by not that much.
White Sox – Much improved team, but still is it enough? Will they gel? Having Rodon contribute could make their staff very strong and push them much higher in the standings.
Twins – Do they have any hope especially without Ervin? Not with those pitchers pencilled into the back of their rotation.
Angels – Should still be the team to beat once Richards get back. And they have Trout.
Mariners (WC) – They’re the sexy pick right now by a lot of people, but I have to see how their new additions hit in Safeco. Pitching could be the best in the division.
Athletics – Still will have good pitching in that ballpark, but they’ve got some big holes in that lineup.
Astros – They’re making some gains offensively and have key additions in that bullpen, but I still think they’re years away from their youth becoming stars and uplifting their team to playoff glory.
Rangers – The poor Rangers. Already the injury bug has hit them.
Nationals – Clearly the best team in baseball. Only injuries and/or lack of performance will prevent them from going far into the playoffs.
Mets – That starting staff is going to be special even with Wheeler out. It should carry the team into contention.
Marlins – They could conceivably finish second here, but they need their SP to be good until Fernandez gets back. Did they get Stanton enough protection? Not sure they have with Morse.
Braves – I don’t get what they’re doing by rebuilding and signing Markakis. Their offense will still be brutally bad. At least they finally traded Kimbrel – no use have a great closer on a rebuilding club.
Phillies – Oh boy. They can’t even trade their ageing stars.
Cardinals – They’re a complete organization with tons of depth and talent. I will pick them to finish first every year until they don’t.
Pirates (WC) – St. Louis is still the class of this division, but there’s a lot to like in Pittsburgh. I just don’t like their SP as much as the Cards.
Cubs – They’re going to be good. Just not yet. Give them a season to gel and for the youngsters to grow. Do you see similarities here with the Jays?
Brewers – What’s happened now – so many people are down on the Brew Crew? They were doing so well to start last year and then plummeted. They too could be better than they were at the end of ’14.
Reds – Just a few years ago they were favoured to contend with largely the same guys. And now? They could still rebound and surprise if they’re healthy.
Dodgers – New regime with money and smarts. I think they’ll be okay despite early injuries.
Padres (WC) – Even with the Kimbrel trade, they marginally upgraded an already deep bullpen. This team will certainly be better than 2014, but offense in that park and their team defense may hold them back.
Giants – No way, it’s an odd-numbered year.
Rockies – If only they had pitching.
Diamondbacks – I really don’t get this organization. For that reason, they’re last.
World Series Prediction: Dodgers over Indians
AL Rookie of Year: Steven Souza, Rays
NL Rookie of Year: Kris Bryant, Cubs
AL Cy Young: Sonny Gray, Athletics
NL Cy Young: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
AL MVP: Mike Trout, Angels
NL MVP: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers