Can MetsFanClub.com make it four years in a row predicting the World Series winner? There was a flurry of activity during the winter months, with a couple of big name players changing teams, but unfortunately it means little to the fans of the New York Mets. Here’s how we see the 2013 season breaking down:
National League East: Yes Washington’s stacked, but they’ve got a huge problem that manifested itself last year that will not go away: they play scared. They shut down the best pitcher in baseball last year just in case he got hurt, sending an extremely damaging subliminal message to the players and fans alike. It’s no wonder they disappointed in last years playoffs, but we saw it coming. Playing afraid generally converts to losses in big games, so we’re going to go with Atlanta winning the division, since their weaknesses are few. Plus they have the best closer in the game, and when you play most of your games in the NL East and Central, you’re going to have plenty of leads in the eighth inning or later. Things can’t all go wrong with the Phillies this year, so they’ll finish third since they still have an impressive arsenal of offense and pitching – but postseason? Have you seen Ryan Howard’s at-bats in the clutch?
Which brings us to our beloved Mets, who’ll struggle mightily in just about all areas of the game and will certainly finish closer to the dreadful Marlins than they’ll be to Philly – which shows you how bad Miami really is. The sad part is they’ll probably be contenders again way before the Mets will, unless the Mets pitching prospects don’t turn out to be the likes of Wilson-Isringhausen-Pulsipher (which they probably will based on recent history, the current training personnel, and the Mets pathetic medical staff), David Wright plays to a superstar level throughout his new contract (which he hasn’t in years), the outfield collectively hits .250 or better (very unlikely), and someone – just someone – in the bullpen is lucky enough to save a game or two (and that person isn’t even on the team yet!)
National League Central: Cincinnati has it all, hitting, defense, starting pitching, and a bullpen. After a 97-win season, it’s hard to see them finishing anything but first in the Central again. After all, their only competition is St. Louis, who’ll probably repeat last season’s second place finish using the magic they’ve somehow harnessed from Rumpelstiltskin in “Once Upon a Time”. But sadly, even magic can’t help the rest of this division. Pittsburgh will finish 3rd with another below .500 season and we’ll probably see a dropoff with Milwaukee as there’s only enough steroids Ryan Braun can deny taking. And the Cubs? Bad hitting, bad fielding, bad pitching, bad manager, bad ownership, bad Stadium, bad minor league prospects – which all seems to be okay with the fans, which is why they remain so bad. It’s nice for Mets fans to have a team to look down on.
National League West: No doubt the Dodgers have all the ingredients to not only win the division, but win the division big. However, the big question with L.A. is: Can the talent on the field overcome the loserness of its manager Don Mattingly? Nice guy… good manager… but let’s face it, there has to be SOME reason why the Yankees won a World Series before he joined the team, then never won another one until the very next year after he retired! We’re not sure about the World Series, but the divisional title should be easy for this team this year. The horseshoe luck or whatever it is that fueled the Giants over the past few years can’t logically continue – they’ll finish second, followed by an improving San Diego team and an Arizona team that seems to always get the most out of suspect talent. Woeful Colorado no doubt finishes last.
American League East: Finally, finally, finally! We’re finally going to get a winner in this division that’s not the Yankees or the Red Sox. In fact, we see some dark times ahead for the evil empire. With the talent Toronto has amassed over the post-season, they should lock up this division in a tight race with Baltimore finishing second. If the Blue Jays DON’T win their division, it’ll most likely be because of poor play by the tremendously over-rated Jose Reyes, the face of not one, not two, but three September collapses, barely hitting .200 with the Mets and singlehandedly bringing down an entire Florida team last year. We like the Tampa Bay Rays finishing third, slightly behind the Yankees, and Boston pulling up the rear despite finishing over .500. As a Mets fan, I’m routing for R.A. Dickey so lets hope Reyes doesn’t hurt the team too badly.
American League Central: The Tigers finished first last year AND they got better? When you have JV (I mean Justin Verlander and not Jose Valverde) and Prince Fielder terrorizing opponents, you have to figure the division is theirs. Robin Ventura’s job with the White Sox last year was a major surprise, and there’s no reason to expect anything less this year, except of course that Cleveland had a pretty decent off season and Kansas City looks like they’re “going for it”. And if Twins stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau have strong, MVP type seasons, they’ll have a chance at finishing the season in Minnesota again in last place. We see this division finishing in exactly the same order as in 2012.
American League West: We have three words for you: Los Angeles Angels (or maybe 5 words if you add “of Anaheim”). The point is, this team’s winning this division easily! And probably way more, regardless of any potential injuries from their big boppers. With great defense, great hitting, great pitching, arguably the best manager in the game, and the “smartness” intangibles this team exhibits, you’ll see last season’s slow start was a major fluke. Texas’ time is done, as they’ll finish third behind a Seattle Mariner team that should put it all together for a change, or maybe even fourth if Oakland can duplicate whatever it is that propelled them to the postseason last year. (We still can’t figure that one out!). Finally, when much is given, much is expected. Therefore when nothing is expected, you can’t expect the doormat Astros to do anything as a newly introduced member of the division and the American League at that. It’s going to be a long year in Texas.
- National League Wildcards: St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals
- American League Wildcards: Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees
- National League Pennant: Braves
- American League Pennant: Angels
- WORLD SERIES WINNER: Braves
Picking the Braves was tough, but it makes the most sense logically despite being Mets fans at heart. Remember, as Met fans you know how difficult it is to say anything good about the Braves but we’ll continue to yearn for the day when we can predict the Mets in this spot instead – maybe 2018?
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