My MLB 2005 predictions: American League Edition
With the real Opening day finally here (both the Braves and the Astros play their first games today), I thought I'd post my predictions for this year's Major League Baseball season. This way I can come back in October and see how smart I was, or maybe wasn't.
Let's start with the American League East, home of the only two teams the media thinks exist:
- New York (Wild Card winner)
- Tampa Bay
Yeah I just picked the Devil Rays not to finish last. That's probably the most shocking pick I'll make. I just think Baltimore is going to be awful. Sammy Sosa is passed his prime performance-wise, but still has the prima donna attitude. He's going to bring them down.
Onto the AL Central...
- Chicago White Sox
- Kansas City
Pretty mediocre division. Both the Indians and Twins will be relying on young guys to step up, and as much as I like Joe Mauer I just don't see him staying healthy or the Twins winning the division. I really feel sorry for Tony Pena in Kansas City, if he had waited around a little longer in the Astros minor leagues he would have become the manager when Jimy Williams was fired or at least gotten a shot some place better than KC. Now he's stuck there, and he's too good to get himself fired.
The AL West stinks...
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California in the western United States of America
If Texas' bullpen is as good as they were last year, they win the West. The A's gave away their entire pitching staff in exchange for a case of hot dogs and a box of syringes so they're done. The Angels have named themselves the dumbest thing in sports history, so I hope they lose every single game just because of it. The Seattle Mariners should be pretty good, but I don't know if Adrian Beltre and I'm not sure Jamie Moyer should still be anybody's ace.
The Yankees will win the American League pennant as the Wild Card, if Randy Johnson is healthy in October they'll be tough to beat 4 out of 7. I also think the Red Sox get upset in the Division Series, making the Yankees road even easier.
Those are my American League predictions for the 2005 season. I'll post my thoughts on the National League and who the award winners will be later today.