2013 MLB Predictions
MLB teams have packed up their trucks and have shipped their equipment to their respective Spring Training sites across Arizona and Florida. With pitchers and catchers already reporting, in a few days we’ll see all major league players warming up and getting ready for another beautiful MLB season. That means it’s time to start seeing everyone’s 2013 MLB predictions. Standings, MVP’s, Cy Young’s and more.
Each season has a unique story. One year the Yankees and Red Sox are fighting over the AL East crown and the right to be the most feared team in baseball. The next season the lowly Athletics and Orioles shock baseball. One by winning the AL West over both the two-time defending AL champion Rangers and the re-stocked powerful Los Angeles Angels.
What does this year hold? Nobody knows. Educated guesses can be made but they’ll still be just guesses.
Here are my annual guesses and my 2013 MLB predictions post.
Los Angeles Angels 92-70 (+ 3 wins)
The Angels already had one of the best lineups in baseball and have added one of the games best hitters in Josh Hamilton. He and Pujols rival the Tigers’ Cabrera and Fielder as the top 1-2 punch in the MLB.
Texas Rangers 90-72 (- 3 wins)
Losing Hamilton will have an effect on the entire lineup. Adrian Beltre will now be counted on more and it’ll be harder for the Rangers to repeat as AL Champs with the West improving the way it has.
Seattle Mariners 82-80 (+ 7 wins)
The Mariners added Kendrys Morales and Mike Morse, each of whom can hit 30 HR’s with the new dimensions in Safeco. Extending Felix was nice but Iwakuma and Saunders will be expected to provide solid pitching on days Felix isn’t on the mound. The Mariners record should improve. An above .500 team is reasonable.
Oakland Athletics 79-83 (- 15 wins)
I’m counting on the A’s miracle run to an AL West title last year being a one-year wonder. A perfect storm of talent and career years coming together at just the right time. The A’s will fall to fourth and the only thing saving them from the cellar will be the Astros.
Houston Astros 53-109 (- 2 wins)
Houston joins the AL and the rest of the division couldn’t be happier. The Astros will break records this season and none of them will be the good kind. Expect a 100 loss season, especially with the Angels and Rangers playing them 19 times each.
Detroit Tigers 97-65 (+9 wins)
With arguably the best 3-4 combo in all of baseball the Tigers added Tori Hunter to pair with Cabrera and Fielder this offseason. Add to the mix one of the yearly CY Young candidates in Justin Verlander and it’s hard to imagine the Tigers not winning the AL Central, easily.
Chicago White Sox 89-73 (+4 wins)
Losing AJ Pierzynski will hurt the Sox but they have enough power and offense to make the sting not so bad. SP Chris Sale had a great season and the Sox will depend on him heavily.
Cleveland Indians 84-78 (+16 wins)
Remember when Michael Bourne and Nick Swisher were both favorites to come to Seattle? The two will be playing on the same field but it’s going to be in Cleveland. The addition of a solid leadoff hitter and great defensive center fielder to match with Swisher’s bat is why I have the Indians improving more than any other team in the American League.
Minnesota Twins 78-84 (+12 wins)
The Twins were one of the busiest teams this offseason, adding three pitchers to their starting rotation. The Twins will go as far as their pitching takes them this year and I have a 12 win improvement over last season. It’s still not nearly enough to compete with the Sox and Tigers.
Kansas City Royals 74-88 (+2 wins)
This is the first time in at least a decade that we can say that the Kansas City Royals are in a “win now” mode. The Royals traded one of, if not the best offensive prospects in baseball to improve their starting rotation and have signaled teams in the Central that they want to go for it this year.
Tampa Bay Rays 91-71 (+1 win)
The two teams that could give the Rays troubles, the Yankees and Red Sox, are both a hot mess. The Blue Jays will be able to compete with the Rays but 2013 will be their golden opportunity.
Toronto Blue Jays 87-75 (+14 wins)
Take a team that has Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, add Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera to the offense. Now add R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle to the rotation and you have a Blue Jays team that for the first time can really hang with the big boys of the AL East. The good news is that those guys are both taking some time off.
New York Yankees 87-75 (-8 wins)
New York could be in for a season of rioting if they finish third or worse. That’s exactly where the Yankees are headed. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are aging and Alex Rodriguez is killing the Yanks options at improving while not having to pay the luxury tax.
Baltimore Orioles 77-85 (-16 wins)
I was as surprised as anyone last season when the Orioles took the East. I’m confident that won’t happen again. The Orioles get the largest drop in wins of any team in the AL.
Boston Red Sox 75-87 (+6 wins)
The Red Sox cleaned house last season and while doing so got rid of their best player, Adrian Gonzalez. Mike Napoli isn’t going to be taking the Sox back to the top of the division.
AL MVP Prediction: Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
AL Cy Young Prediction: Jered Weaver, SP, Angels
AL Rookie of the Year Prediction: Mike Zunino, C, Mariners
AL Manager of the Year Prediction: Joe Maddon, Rays
The landscape of the American League may be changing. Or, it coud just be a glitch in the Matrix. Teams like the Rangers, Angels and Tigers look like they’re in position to contend for the decade. But then there are teams that surprise each year and make everyone take notice. This year, although different, could very well see the same. It all starts with the moving trucks unpacking the start of the 2013 season.
If you agree – or disagree – which is far more likely with my 2013 MLB predictions then let me know. For more 2013 MLB predictions, check out a piece they did at SI.com