2013 Sports with Balls MLB Predictions

The 2013 Major League Baseball season is upon us.  The Sports with Balls Blog has put together our 2013 predictions after polling 7 contributors.  Individual playoff team and World Series picks are available below.

2013 MLB Standings Predictions

American League
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East:

Rays #
Blue Jays #
Yankees
Orioles
Red Sox

Central:

Tigers # *
Royals
White Sox
Indians
Twins

West:

Angels #
Rangers #
Athletics
Mariners *
Astros *

National League
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East:

Nationals #
Braves #
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

Central:

Reds #
Cardinals
Brewers
Pirates
Cubs *

West:

Giants #
Dodgers #
Diamondbacks
Padres
Rockies

# denotes playoff team; * consensus pick.

 

2013 MLB Playoff Predictions

Matt Sherman:

AL East: Rays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL Wild Cards: Blue Jays; Athletics

NL East: Braves NL Central: Reds NL West: Dodgers AL Wild Cards: Nationals; Giants

World Series: Rays over Nationals in 6

Kevin Langner:

AL East: Blue Jays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL Wild Cards: Rays; Rangers

NL East: Nationals NL Central: Reds NL West: Giants AL Wild Cards: Braves; Dodgers

World Series: Tigers over Reds in 7

 

Glenn Coyle:

AL East: Rays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL Wild Cards: Blue Jays; Athletics

NL East: Nationals NL Central: Cardinals NL West: Giants AL Wild Cards: Phillies; Reds

World Series: Tigers over Nationals in 6

Scott Boutcher:

AL East: Rays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL Wild Cards: Indians; Rangers

NL East: Nationals NL Central: Reds NL West: Giants AL Wild Cards: Phillies; Cardinals

World Series: Angels over Reds in 6

Warren Croxton:

AL East: Blue Jays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Rangers AL Wild Cards: Rays; Angels

NL East: Nationals NL Central: Reds NL West: Dodgers AL Wild Cards: Phillies; Cardinals

World Series: Reds over Blue Jays in 6

Michael Bedard:

AL East: Rays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Rangers AL Wild Cards: Blue Jays; Angels

NL East: Braves NL Central: Brewers NL West: Giants AL Wild Cards: Cardinals; Dodgers

World Series: Tigers over Giants in 5

Mike Orzechowski:

AL East: Rays  AL Central: Tigers AL West: Angels AL Wild Cards: Rangers; Royals

NL East: Nationals NL Central: Reds NL West: Giants AL Wild Cards: Braves; Diamondbacks

World Series: Angels over Diamondbacks in 5

 

Remember to check out our individual division previews.  Links can be found in the predicted standings above.

 

MLB Wild Card Predictions

 

The 2012 Major League Baseball postseason gets underway Friday evening in Atlanta starting at 5:07 pm.  The Braves host the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in the initial NL Wild Card game.  The American League game at 8:37 pm will feature the Cinderella Baltimore Orioles and the two-time defending American League Champion Texas Rangers.  In a format change from the past we get our first taste of a winner take all playoff game to determine which wild card team heads to the division series.

NL Wild Card

St.Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves, 5:07 pm

Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) vs. Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA)

Just one year ago the Cardinals were the benefits of the Braves September swoon.  Now they have the opportunity for another magical at the expense of Atlanta due to the new MLB Playoff format.  Hard to believe that the potential is there for this to be Chipper Jones final at bat.

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MLB Power Rankings: Pennant Chase Edition

As September arrives so does pennant race baseball.  With just over one month to play, 15 of the 30 major league clubs are within 2.5 games of a playoff spot.  We are setting up for a September to remember prior to the upcoming glory of October baseball.

 

2012 MLB Power Rankings – September Pennant Chase Edition:

Looking like a lock for playoff baseball:

1.) Washington Nationals – (80-52) During the course of the 2012 season the Nats have been among baseballs best and most consistent squads.  The lineup is loaded with very good players and the pitching staff has more depth than the average fan realizes.  The big question remains: Can they win a title if they shutdown Stephen Strasburg?  I still wouldn’t count them out.

2.) Cincinnati Reds – (81-53) Talk about a team with very few weaknesses.  The Reds remain the only team in baseball that has kept their rotation in tact.  A solid rotation, along with a potentially lethal bullpen in October could spell trouble for opponents as the season moves along. The funny thing is I’m just mentioning the offense which the Reds are best known for.  A healthy Joey Votto will only add to the dynamic lineup that includes solid veterans and upcoming rookies.

3.) Texas Rangers – (78-54) The solid core from the past two American League Championships remain in Hamilton, Cruz, Andrus, Young Kinsler and Beltre.  The questions this year will be whether or not the pitching staff can provide enough.  The bullpen looks sharp but season ending injuries to Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz could potentially spell trouble.

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