It’s prediction time for the 2014 major league baseball season, and I think it will be a great year for the American League East, with the Boston Red Sox leading the way again.
The New York Yankees, in Derek Jeter’s last year, will finish a close second to make the playoffs. Good teams like Baltimore, Toronto, and Tampa Bay make the AL East one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball. Anyone contending in the weak Central Division of the AL will have to go through the Miguel Cabrera-Justin Verlander led Detroit Tigers who will coast into the playoffs.
In the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels, armed with a team of superstars like Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, should be cashing playoff checks this year. If not, say good bye to manager Mike Scioscia. Teams with less overall talent like Oakland and Texas will once again step up in the West, which could seal Scioscia’s fate.
In the NL, the East will be a two horse race between Washington and Atlanta. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg leading the charge. The Braves just win, regardless of who is on the roster. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis make up a formidable NL Central. I just think the Cardinals are the best run organization in baseball and it shows in postseason.
In the West, with Clayton Kershaw on the DL and an up and down Yasiel Puig, look for San Francisco to capture this division. Who is in the World Series? Easy – the Yankees in Jeter’s last year will play the Giants. Enjoy the season!
Mike North has been in sports radio 20-plus years. He is heard weekly on the national FoxSports Radio network, writes a twice-weekly column for the Daily Herald newspaper and does videos for their website three times a week. Listen to his podcasts at http://www.foxsportsradio.com/media/podcast-fox-sports-daybreak-fsrdaybreak/. Follow him on Twitter @North2North. Contact him at [email protected]