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2015 MLB Predictions

Last year I went away from my usual way of doing my predictions and yes, I was as awful as could have been imagined. So here it is. New and improved and trying to battle Nate Silver's analytics. Here we go:

AL East
Boston* - Too many bats to lose a weak division. Betts MVP?
Yankees* - Arod and Beltran will carry this team, as pitching woes mount
Baltimore - No playoffs this year with a lack of power and depth.
Toronto - Batista can only do so much, but keeps them at .500 all year
Tampa Bay - The team lost ten games with the loss of Maddon

Al Central
Detroit** - Too much pitching and Cabrera is still the best player in the league
Kansas City* - Last years AL champs are stronger this year and hungrier
Chicago - Will miss playoffs by a game or two
Minnesota - Will be better than they look on paper, but falter in late summer
Cleveland - Francona is a great manager, but this team will be lucky to win 75 games

AL West
Seattle* - Another close battle with three teams fighting it out the last week
Los Angeles - Star power is there, but those intangible aren't
Oakland - Everyone says Beane is crazy, but always good enough to compete
Houston - Could surprise early, but need a big bat to keep up
Texas - Darvish being lost is a killer to the staff and morale

AL Wild Card:
Kansas City over Yankees
AL Divisional Series:
Detroit over Kansas City
Boston over Seattle
AL League Championship:
Detroit over Boston

NL East
Washington** - Will own the best record in the regular season
Miami - Mid-season moves could help or hurt their run. A player away
Mets - Improved lineup, but health in this organization is unheard of
Phillies - The biggest story this year will be who gets Hamels
Braves - On paper, the worst team in baseball

NL Central
St. Louis* - Quietly improved in off-season
Cincinnati - If Jay Bruce does what I believe, they could win it all
Milwaukee - People forget they won 82 games...w/injury bug
Chicago - I'm not jumping on this bandwagon, even w/ Maddon
Pittsburgh - I have everyone's WS pick in last place

NL West
San Francisco* - Key will be inter-league games, they have a DH
San Diego* - They are the 2014 Royals with better bats
Los Angeles* - Ride Kershaw, but what about his playoff history?
Colorado - Much better than people think, wrong division
Arizona - Despite an MVP candidate, on paper a bad team

NL Wild Card:
San Diego over Los Angeles
NL Divisional Series:
Washington over San Diego
St. Louis over San Francisco
NL League Championship:
St. Louis over Washington

World Series: Detroit over St. Louis 4-2 WS MVP: Yoenis Cespedes

MVP: Robinson Cano & Giancarlo Stanton
Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw & Felix Hernandez
Rookie of the Year: Steven Souza & Jorge Soler


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