World Series Predictions for the 2014 MLB Season
The MLB season is just kicking off and the world series is over six months away. But Don’t worry! That didn’t stop 32 top MLB bloggers from giving their World Series predictions. Which team will be getting their rings sized next October? Scroll down and find out in Part 8 (Our final part! Check out Parts 1-7 at the bottom of the page) of FanDuel’s MLB 2014 Preview.
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World Series Predictions Breakdown
According to our bloggers, the Detroit Tigers are the clear favorite to claim the AL throne. The old saying, “pitching wins championships” definitely will hold true if the Tigers can reign supreme over the rest of the MLB. It’s going to be tough to beat Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and the rest of the best rotation in the AL. Losing Prince Fielder may hurt a bit, but I don’t think the Tigers should be too concerned about their offense. Miguel Cabrera, balky hip or not, showed us all last year that he might just be the best pure hitter on the planet. Plus, after seeing what Mike Matheny did last year with the Cardinals, the sky is the limit for ex-catcher turned Jim-Leyland-replacement manager Brad Ausmus. The rest of the AL Central doesn’t seem to figure much into the playoff picture. Could this be the year that the Kansas City Royals finally get in? We don’t think so. The Francona-led Cleveland Indians should stay around .500, while the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are going to round out the bottom of the standings.
The Washington Nationals were pretty much everyone’s pick to win the NL in 2013. A disappointing year later, they’re apparently still the team to beat in the NL. All of the hype surrounding the Harper/Strasburg combination last year was put to rest when the Nats couldn’t catch the Atlanta Braves in September. Perhaps another year of experience for the 25 year-old Strasburg and the 21 year-old Harper will be what they need to make it to this World Series prediction come true. If not, there’s always next year. Those two will be around for a long time and are sure to be staples in any good FanDuel lineup for years to come.
Our voters predict this to be the year that the Nats reign supreme over the Braves. Atlanta should be able to snag a wild card, but Washington has the clear edge as of now in the weak NL East. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies should hover around .500, and I won’t even go into my thoughts on the Miami Marlins.
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Remember when the Yankees were the most talked about team in baseball? That honor now belongs to the LA Dodgers. Bringing in all kinds of talent from all over the world, the Dodgers boast baseball’s best balance of both hitters and pitchers. If Yasiel Puig can take his game to the next level while staying out of trouble, the Dodgers should be sitting atop the NL standings with home field advantage come September. Having Clayton Kershaw doesn’t hurt much either. We wouldn’t put much stock into the rest of the NL West. The San Francisco Giants are always competitive, but their offense has yet to be improved. The Arizona DiamondBacks are a young and exciting team, but are probably still a year away, while the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies shouldn’t make too much noise.
The AL West is going to be quite the interesting race. Other than the team from Houston who I refuse to even name in a playoff prediction article, everyone should be in the mix. The Texas Rangers are probably the best bet to win it, as they have been so close, yet so far from reaching championship status over the last three years. The addition of Prince Fielder should help bolster an offense that was fairly mediocre last year. If Yu Darvish can continue to dominate, this team should have no trouble making some noise in the playoffs, perhaps finally achieving their goal of winning a World Series.
The Rangers may be the best team on paper, but don’t count out Cano’s Seattle Mariners, Trout’s Los Angeles Angels, or the always competitive Oakland A’s. All three of these teams should find themselves in the thick of the Wild Card race come August.
No baseball playoff predictor is complete without the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Coming off of their most disappointing season in recent memory, the now A-Roidless Yankees broke out the bank in a big way this offseason. The Steinbrenner’s wrote checks to Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and 2014′s greatest mystery, Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has looked extremely promising this spring. Combine that with the fact that Mr. October (Derek Jeter) will be going on his farewell tour, the Yankees should be in contention all the way to the end.
The defending champion Red Sox should not be taken lightly this year. The chemistry that they exhibited throughout the 2013 season was unmatched by any team, resulting in their 3rd championship in just 9 years. It’s going to be tough for them to repeat with some healthy competition in the AL, but if their pitching stays healthy, look out. Additionally, don’t overlook the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. The AL East should be a fun race to watch come playoff time.
It seems that the St. Louis Cardinals are always involved in the playoffs, regardless of whether they have the star power that they once had. The defending NL champions should be as scrappy as ever, and will be tough to beat. One thing that always helps come playoff time is experience and the Cards have plenty of it. Improving upon last season’s success will be tough for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but another wild card birth is definitely a reasonable prediction. They have great young pitching, and perhaps baseball’s most exciting player in Andrew McCutchen. Last years run finally taught Pittsburgh how to win, and they should be able to put that experience to good use in 2014. The Cincinnati Reds should be competitive as well, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs figure to remain irrelevant.
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NL Playoff Predictions:
Play-in game: Pirates over Braves
Wildcard: Nationals over Cardinals
Wildcard: Dodgers over Pirates
NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals
AL Playoff Predictions:
Play-in game: Red Sox over Angels
Wildcard: Yankees over Rangers
Wildcard: Tigers over Red Sox
ALCS: Tigers over Yankees
World Series Prediction: Tigers over Dodgers in 7
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