It's the start of a new baseball season and that means that it is time, once again, to stump the experts and make my predictions on who will win their division and who will go home with a postseason award.
NL East: Philadelphia Phillies
With the last two NL MVPs of Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins leading the way, the Phillies will be a contender and could very well break the curse of William Penn. Chase Utley is the premier second baseman out there right now and he will bring home the Phillies' third MVP in a row.
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
As a Cardinals fan, I have to do this. As unlikely as it seems, every season starts with a new slate. This is a year to rebuild or show that the Cards are the best.
NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks
You can't go wrong with Brandon Webb and Dan Haren.
NL Wild Card: Colorado Rockies
The Rockies will be a force to be reckoned with once again.
NLCS: Philiadelphia Phillies over the Arizona Diamondbacks
NL MVP: Chase Utley, Philiadelphia Phillies
NL CY YOUNG: Cole Hamels, Philiadelphia Phillies
NL ROY: Jay Bruce (Reds) or Colby Rasmus (Cardinals)
This will all depend on whether or not they play during the season and what their numbers look like. They are starting at AAA, unfortunately.
AL East: New York Yankees
Call me crazy but this is their year. Boston had all the fun and while I would like Toronto to win the East in my heart, I think that it will all come together for New York this season.
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
The D-Train plus Miguel Cabrera equals crazy delicious. You know what I mean. This team is going to be an all-around team with the caliber necessary to get to the postseason once again. This team has crazy power and they will finish with the AL pennant in hand.
AL West: Los Angeles Angels
I really like what I see in this club. Vladimir Guerrero, John Lackey, Torii Hunter, etc. will lead this team to the ALCS against the Tigers. Lackey is out for a while but he will come back healthy.
AL Wild Card: Boston Red Sox
This and the Yankees are interchangable but neither club will make it to the ALCS.
ALCS: Detroit Tigers over the Los Angeles Angels
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
AL CY YOUNG: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
AL ROY: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria will make an impact once he hits the big leagues sooner rather than later.
WORLD CHAMPIONS: The Phillies are going all the way this year.