Baseball is Back

The forecast for another fascinating baseball season

Max Smith

Max Smith

Major League Baseball is once again in full swing, and while it’s only April, it’s never too early to make World Series predictions.

 

American League playoff prediction: Boston, Detroit, LA Angels, Cleveland, Seattle

After a year of rebuilding and adding big names over the offseason, Big Papi’s Boston Red Sox will once again contend in the east. And with the sweet swing of Chris Davis, the Baltimore Orioles could power their way back to October as well. The Los Angeles Angels look to take the west by storm with the best player in the universe, and last year’s MVP, Mike Trout. Seattle, with Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Felix Hernandez, is also in the mix for a playoff spot. The central is up for grabs; American League champs Kansas City will have the tough task of defending their title. Look for Miguel Cabrera and David Price to carry the Tigers deep into another pennant race. The scrappy Cleveland Indians, behind Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, will be a force to reckon with as well. And how about our Minnesota Twins? This year will be another rough one, but trust me when I say that the future is brighter than Torii Hunter’s smile.

How about our Minnesota Twins? This year will be another rough one, but trust me when I say that the future is brighter than Torii Hunter’s smile.

National League playoff prediction: Washington, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Louis

The Washington Nationals with Bryce Harper, and a stud-laced pitching staff will reign in the east. The National League central will once again be a hot prize. Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates will again fight for October. As always, the St. Louis Cardinals will be right in the thick of things, and watch out for the Chicago Cubs as they slowly awaken from hibernation. The west will certainly be wild in 2015. The San Diego Padres have bulked up big time, adding Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and James Shields. However, Clayton Kershaw’s paralyzing curveball has the Los Angeles Dodgers standing in their way. The defending World Champion San Francisco Giants are also in the fight, but it’s an odd-numbered year, so don’t expect much from them.

 

World Series prediction: Washington and Los Angeles

After many grueling hours of deliberation, I have predicted Washington vs. Los Angeles (American League) in the World Series. Washington’s pitching staff is deadly, and their offense will back them up well. Los Angeles has Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, plenty of offense to support even a mediocre pitching staff.

 

World Series Champion: Washington Nationals

I think Washington will win over Los Angeles. Pitching wins in the playoffs, and Washington’s rotation is perfect for the postseason. Even Mike Trout strikes out on occasion.