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AL East

Red Sox

Yankees*

Rays

Blue Jays

OriLOLes

AL Central

Tigers

Indians

Royals

Twins

White Sox

AL West

Rangers

Angels*

A's

Mariners

AL MVP- Albert Pujols

AL CY- Felix Hernandez

AL ROY- Yu Darvish

NL East

Phillies

Nationals*

Marlins

Braves

Mets

NL Central

Reds

Cardinals*

Brewers

Pirates

Cubs

Astros

NL West

D-Backs

Giants

Rockies

Dodgers

Padres

NL MVP- Joey Votto

NL CY- Roy Halladay

NL ROY- Bryce Harper

WS- Rangers over Reds

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You're pretty quick to sell the guy up your big crap-brown river just because he bolted for Los Angeles. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to allow for the fact that losing their Hall of Fame first baseman, Hall of Fame manager, and Hall of Fame pitching coach just might lead the team to finish out of first place (I have them finishing second), and it's not your place to jump down anyone else's throats for suggesting as much. I think plenty of people have made this bold prediction that a team traditionally cobbled from everyone else's screwups and washouts might not be as good without their best player, and yes over the course of the last five years he was very much their best player; you can't extrapolate the data from one series (and even then saying "if you don't count the three home runs") to argue the contrary. Which team I like isn't germane to this at all.

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While I get everyone's arguments, to me the NL Central is made up of two lumps.

The top 3: Cardinals, Brewers, Reds

the bottom 3: Pirates, Astros, Cubs

It's hard to see either the Pirates, Astros, or Cubs finishing ahead of St. Louis, even after losing Pujols.

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I don't think the extra wild card will help the Jays this year, but who knows. They could be in it all year long.

AL East

Rays

Red Sox (WC5)

Yankees

Blue Jays

Orioles

AL Central

Tigers

Twins

White Sox

Royals

Indians

AL West

Angels

Rangers (WC4)

Athletics

Mariners

AL MVP - Albert Pujols, LA Angels of Anaheim

ALCY - Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

ALRoY - Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim - Think he's eligible?

NL East

Phillies

Braves (WC4)

Marlins

Nationals

Mets

NL Central

Reds

Brewers (WC5)

Cardinals

Pirates

Cubs

Astros

NL West

Rockies

Giants

Dodgers

DBacks

Padres

NL MVP - Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

NLCY - Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

NLRoY - Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Playoffs

AL Wild Card Showdown

Rangers over Red Sox

ALDS

Rays over Rangers in 5

Tigers over Angels in 5

ALCS

Tigers over Rays in 6

NL Wild Card Showdown

Braves over Brewers

NLDS

Phillies over Braves in 3

Rockies over Reds in 5

NLCS

Phillies over Rockies in 5

World Series

Phillies over Tigers in 7

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NL East

Phillies

Braves

Nationals

Marlins

Mets

NL Central

Brewers

Cardinals

Reds

Pirates

Cubs

Astros

NL West

Diamondbacks

Giants

Dodgers

Rockies

Padres

Al East

Yankees

Rays

Red Sox

Blue Jays

Orioles

AL Central

Tigers

Twins

Royals

Indians

White Sox

AL West

Angels

Athletics

Rangers

Mariners

WC Rd

Braves Def Nationals

Red Sox Def Rays

Division Series

Phillies Def Diamondbacks

Braves Def Brewers

Angels Def Yankees

Tigers Def Red Sox

Championship Series

Phillies def Braves

Tigers Def Angels

World Series

Tigers Def Phillies in 5

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You're pretty quick to sell the guy up your big crap-brown river just because he bolted for Los Angeles. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to allow for the fact that losing their Hall of Fame first baseman, Hall of Fame manager, and Hall of Fame pitching coach just might lead the team to finish out of first place (I have them finishing second), and it's not your place to jump down anyone else's throats for suggesting as much. I think plenty of people have made this bold prediction that a team traditionally cobbled from everyone else's screwups and washouts might not be as good without their best player, and yes over the course of the last five years he was very much their best player; you can't extrapolate the data from one series (and even then saying "if you don't count the three home runs") to argue the contrary. Which team I like isn't germane to this at all.

Ok, seriously what's your frickin problem? Because I still believe my team is still competitive? Yes Pujols was a big loss, but he was not the only reason they won it all last year. Yes we're gonna miss him in St. Louis, but they're still a very good team that definitely has the pieces to win the Central, especially when you look at the other teams. Btw, my comment on his homer pick was picking the Rays first while the Yanks 3rd. You can disagree with me fine. I disagreed with him. I didn't call him stupid or anything.

So drop your little arrogant, self-righteous, elitist, holier than thou preaching for once, and realize that YOU don't have to decide who's right and who's wrong around here. People are allowed to disagree with you. Why does it always feel like someone has to remind you of that?

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NL East

1. Phillies

2. Marlins *

3. Nationals

4. Braves

5. Mets

NL Central

1. Reds

2. Cardinals*

3. Brewers

4. Cubs

5. Pirates

6. Astros

NL West

1. Giants

2. Rockies

3. Diamondbacks

4. Dodgers

5. Padres

AL East

1. Red Sox

2. Yankees*

3. Blue Jays

4. Rays

5. Orioles

AL Central

1. Tigers

2. Indians

3. White Sox

4. Royals

5. Twins

AL West

1. Rangers

2. Angels*

3. Athletics

4. Mariners

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AL EAST

Yankees

Rays - WC

Red Sox

Blue Jays

Orioles

AL CENTRAL

Tigers

Twins

Indians

White Sox

Royals

AL WEST

Rangers

Angels - WC

A's

Mariners

NL EAST

Phillies

Marlins - WC

Braves

Nationals

Mets

NL CENTRAL

Brewers

Cardinals

Reds

Pirates

Cubs

Astros

NL WEST

Diamondbacks

Giants - WC

Dodgers

Rockies

Padres

AL WC - Angels def. Rays

NL WC - Marlins def. Giants (battle of the orange)

ALDS

Yankees def. Rangers 3-2

Angels def. Tigers 3-1

NLDS

Diamondbacks def. Phillies 3-1

Brewers def. Marlins 3-2

ALCS

Angels def. Yankees 4-2

NLCS

Diamondbacks def. Brewers 4-3

WS

Diamondbacks def. Angels 4-1

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I would love to be wrong come the end of October, but I tender these picks:

AL East:

1. New York (96-66)

2. Boston* (93-69)

3. Tampa Bay (89-73)

4. Toronto (87-75)

5. Baltimore (69-93)

AL Central:

1. Detroit (97-65)

2. Cleveland (83-89)

3. Chicago (73-89)

4. Kansas City (70-92)

5. Minnesota (64-98)

AL West:

1. Anaheim (94-68)

2. Texas* (92-70)

3. Seattle (73-89)

4. Oakland (62-100)

NL East:

1. Philadelphia (98-64)

2. Washington* (94-68)

3. Atlanta (89-73)

4. Florida (85-77)

5. New York (64-98)

NL Central:

1. St. Louis (91-71)

2. Milwaukee (83-79)

3. Cincinnati (81-81)

4. Pittsburgh (71-91)

5. Chicago (65-97)

6. Houston (58-104)

NL West:

1. Arizona (93-69)

2. San Francisco* (91-71)

3. Los Angeles (82-80)

4. Colorado (77-85)

5. San Diego (66-96)

Play-in games: Texas over Boston, and Washington over San Francisco

ALDS:

(5) Texas vs. (1) Detroit - 3-2 DET

(3) Anaheim vs. (2) New York - 3-1 NYY

NLDS:

(4) Washington vs. (1) Philadelphia - 3-1 PHI

(3) St. Louis vs. (2) Arizona - 3-1 ARI

ALCS:

(2) New York vs. (1) Detroit - 4-2 DET

NLCS:

(2) Arizona vs. (1) Philadelphia - 4-1 PHI

World Series

(1) Phiadelphia vs. (1) Detroit - 4-3 DET

MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton

Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay

ROY: Matt Moore, Yonder Alonso

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Not sure I'd be picking the Phillies to win the NL East this season, considering Chase Utley hasn't played an inning this spring (dealing with patella tendinitis again, and likely will be for the rest of his career) and Ryan Howard suffered an infection in his surgically-repaired Achilles and will likely be out longer than expected (probably mid June.) They did not improve the bench much in the offseason and don't really have the depth to withstand those losses for an extended period of time. All things being equal I still think that they are still considerably better than the rest of the improved NL East, but all things aren't equal and I think it's a possibility, if not a probability that their reign is over.

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AL EAST

Tampa Bay 96 66

Boston 92 70

New York 91 71

Toronto 85 77

Baltimore 60 102

AL CENTRAL

Detroit 101 61

Kansas City 88 74

Cleveland 80 82

Minnesota 71 91

Chicago 59 103

AL WEST

Texas 101 61

Los Angeles 85 77

Seattle 75 87

Oakland 65 97

NL EAST

Atlanta 94 68

Philadelphia 90 72

Miami 86 76

Washington 86 76

New York 64 98

NL CENTRAL

Cincinnati 89 73

St. Louis 84 78

Pittsburgh 77 85

Milwaukee 74 88

Chicago 69 93

Houston 57 105

NL WEST

San Francisco 93 69

Arizona 86 76

Los Angeles 82 80

Colorado 77 85

San Diego 73 89

Play In Game:

AL (Boston over New York)

NL CHAOS (Miami over Arizona, Washington over Miami, Philadelphia over Washington)

TEX over TB in 4

BOS over DET in 5

SF over CIN in 4

ATL over PHI in 5

TEX over BOS in 6

ATL over SF in 7

TEX over ATL in 5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST: Yankees*, Rays*, Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays

CENTRAL: Tigers*, Royals, Indians, Twins, White Sox

WEST: Angels*, Rangers*, Mariners, Athletics

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST: Phillies*, Marlins*, Braves, Nationals, Mets

CENTRAL: Cardinals*, Reds, Brewers, Cubs, Pirates, Astros

WEST: Diamondbacks*, Giants*, Rockies, Dodgers, Padres

ALWC: Rangers def. Rays

NLWC: Giants def. Marlins

ALDS: Angels def. Rangers - Tigers def. Yankees

NLDS: Phillies def. Giants - Diamondbacks def. Cardinals

ALCS: Angels def. Tigers

NLDS: Diamondbacks def. Phillies

WORLD SERIES: Los Angeles Angles def. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Not really sure how picking the Rays to win the division is at all a homer pick. Our offense is good enough and our rotation is beastly. Just because the Yankees are the Yankees doesn't mean they're invincible. Honestly, I think they'll dissappoint this year.

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AL East - Tampa Bay Rays

AL Central - Detroit Tigers

AL West - LA Angels

WC1 - Texas Rangers

WC2 - Boston Red Sox

MVP - Josh Hamilton

Cy Young - James Shields

RoY - Matt Moore

NL East - Miami Marlins

NL Central - St Louis Cardinals

NL West - San Francisco Giants

WC1 - Philadelphia Phillies

WC2 - Arizona D-Backs

MVP - Jason Heyward

Cy Young - Adam Wainwright

RoY - Yonder Alonso

PLAYOFFS

AL WC: Sox over Rangers

NL WC: Phillies over D-backs

NLDS: Phillies over Cards | Marlins over Giants

ALDS: Rays over Tigers | Angels over Red Sox

ALCS: Rays over Angels

NLCS: Marlins over Phillies

World Series: Rays over Marlins in 7

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST: Yankees*, Rays*, Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays

Orioles over Blue Jays, really? This year of all years?

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AL East:

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox*

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays

Baltimore Orioles

AL Central:

Detroit Tigers

Minnesota Twins

Kansas City Royals

Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox

AL West:

Texas Rangers

Los Angles Angels*

Seattle Mariners

Oakland Athletics

NL East:

Philadelphia Phillies

Miami Marlins*

Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals

New York Mets

NL Central:

St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds*

Milwaukee Brewers

Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates

Houston Astros

NL West:

Arizona Diamondbacks

San Francisco Giants

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

WC:

Angels over Red Sox

Reds over Marlins

DS:

Tigers over Angels in 5

Rangers over Yankees in 4

Reds over Phillies in 5

Cardinals over Diamondbacks in 4

CS:

Tigers over Rangers in 6

Cardinals over Reds in 7

WS:

Tigers over Cardinals in 6

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