Studs, duds, and down in the mud power rankings (MLB edition)

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America’s past time is back! As we say goodbye to the 30 feet of snow we’ve gotten this winter we say hello to spring and (drum roll) BASEBALL! Last year we seen the Boston Red Sox become one of the few teams in sports history to win a championship after having the worst record in baseball the previous season. That shows that anything can happen in this very sport. In this edition of the studs and duds, the following rankings will predict every division. Well let’s play ball!

 

AL East:  1. Boston Red Sox

2. New York Yankees

3. Tampa Bay Rays

4. Baltimore Orioles

5. Toronto Blue Jays

Baseball’s best division will be at it again this year. The Red Sox pretty much have the same crew coming back this year so look for them to repeat as champs. The 2nd place winner can be flipped flopped depending on who you ask. The Yankees were main players in free agency and look to send Derek Jeter off to retirement on a good note but the Rays always seem to find a way to compete even with a thin roster. Baltimore and Toronto have talent as well so don’t be surprised if the division looks entirely different from this prediction by years end.

 

AL Central: 1. Detroit Tigers

2. Kansas City Royals

3. Cleveland Indians

4. Minnesota Twins

5. Chicago White Sox

Look for Detroit to take the division due to the fact that Cleveland took a step back and Minny/Chi town are not ready yet. However, here comes Kansas City. The Tigers still have enough talent to take the crown but are going to have to be aware of the Royals pitching, defense, and possible AL MVP candidate Eric Homser. But hey, no worries right?

 

AL West: 1. Texas Rangers

2. Oakland Athletics

3. Los Angeles Angels

4. Seattle Mariners

5. Houston Astros

Texas should be alright with their offense looking to be better than last year. Hopefully their pitching can hold it down lead by Yu (no not you) Yu Darvish until Derek Holland comes back. Oakland’s offseason made it clear that it is October or bust, look for them to contend. The angels lead by the phenom Mike Trout need to have Hamilton and Pujols bounce back. The Mariners SHOULD improve and the Astros can’t get any worse can they?

 

NL East: 1. Washington Nationals

2. Atlanta Braves

3. New York Mets

4. Philadelphia Phillies

5. Miami Marlins

In this division there are three sections: Was/ATL, NY, and Philly/MIA. Washington and Atlanta will battle for the crown (which will ultimately be won by Obama’s current location). New York is not there yet but they will give teams some headaches. After that, you have one team who’s GM has no clue on what he is doing and another team who has great weather but a bad ball team.

 

NL Central: 1. St. Louis Cardinals

2. Pittsburgh Pirates

3. Cincinnati Reds

4. Chicago Cubs

5. Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis made and upgrade at shortstop, made room for their younger talent, and added depth to their outfield. They may be the best team in baseball without stretching their payroll. Pittsburgh’s manager Clint Hurdle will have to maximize the talent he has if his team wants to make noise. Cincinnati will have to adjust with Dusty Baker gone. Meanwhile, Chicago and Milwaukee are light years away from contention. By the way Aaron Rodgers owes me 1 million dollars for defending Ryan Braun.

 

NL West: 1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. San Diego Padres

3. San Francisco Giants

4. Arizona Diamondbacks

5. Colorado Rockies

Carlos Gonzales and Troy Tolowitzski do not deserve to be trapped in the current basement of bottom feeders that are the Rockies but anyway, the Dodgers should be favorites to win not only the league crown but over 100 games are something special along with it. The Padres should be a surprise by the midseason due to their veteran pitching. Second place will come down to either them or San Fran. Although Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt may become the reincarnation of the bash bros. it will take more than that to challenge for a playoff spot.

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