Each of the last few years I’ve offered my predictions of which clubs will become the eventual division champions. I haven’t been that accurate.
This year, I decided take a more in-depth approach. Below you’ll see my selections for each division’s champion along with a predicted Wild Card matchup for each league. My fellow writers at Reading Between The Seams, a Yardbarker site, and I have written full in-depth previews of each division complete with expected line-ups and rotation (links below). This is the year I get it all right.
I’ve typically just posted my picks to my fantasy baseball league message boards and had everyone similarly post their own in the thread, but this seems so much more official. You can leave your picks in the comments below and we’ll see where we stand in seven months.
East: Toronto Blue Jays (My Full Preview)
Central: Chicago White Sox (Full Preview by Greg Miller)
West: Los Angeles Angels (My Full Preview)
Wild Card Matchup: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
East: Atlanta Braves (My Full Preview)
Central: Cincinnati Reds (Full Preview by Greg Miller)
West: Los Angeles Dodgers (Full Preview by Gavin Tremblay)
Wild Card Matchup: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants
The toughest picks for me were who would win the NL East and which team between St. Louis, San Francisco, and the NL East runner-up would miss the playoffs all together. I feel somewhat confident in picking the Blue Jays to win their division now that Granderson is out for all of April with a broken forearm, but really struggled with the American League Central and who would get left out between the AL Central runner-up, New York, and Texas. I think my gutsiest picks were selecting the Orioles, a 2012 playoff team that didn’t lose much over the offseason to finish in 5th (see full preview) as well as leaving the AL Champion Tigers out of the postseason.
Who am I unjustifiably leaving out of the playoff picture? Please use the comments section to submit your own picks. Let the banter begin.
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