Most sports sites and their writers will wait until later in the winter or even spring training to announce their predictions for the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. That sounds unexciting to me. What is the fun in that? Although it is only the first week in January, I thought this would be a great time to go out on a limb.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be releasing a seven part series with my predictions for 2013. Each post will cover a new division starting with the National League West and running through the American League East. The final post will provide the predicted playoff outcomes culminating in the 2013 World Series Champion.
Are the NY Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies too old? Are the Pittsburgh Pirates still too young and inexperienced? Are the Washington Nationals a one-year wonder? Did the LA Dodgers new ownership waste hundreds of millions of dollars? Will the Boston Red Sox rebound? What is going on with the NY Mets? These are just some of the topics that will be discussed throughout this series.
Are all the rosters filled out? No. Are the starting lineups firm? No. Is there a blockbuster trade left to be made? Maybe. Will there be more player movement? Yes. But this is part of the fun, a way to “lay it on the line” and roll the dice. Predictions this early are guaranteed to cause a stir and create debate.
Past performance, expected lineups, starting rotations, bullpens, young talent that should make the show and other factors will all be used to attempt to lay out the landscape for 2013. The road might be bumpy, you will probably not agree with all my predictions and some words might even upset the “homer” who knows it’s his team’s year. I am not going to cater to any fan base or any one team rather I am going to let the data speak for itself and formulate a result. Together we will see if prophecy will become reality.
NEXT: NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST 2013 PREDICTIONS (Part 2)