The Time Has Come!
This is the time of year that I make my picks. Now, I'm doing this at LA Angels Insider. So, before further ado, let's get right to it!
Ryan's 2014 Postseason Picks
NL East: Washington Nationals (91-71)
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals (92-70)
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers (93-69)
AL East: Tampa Bay Rays (92-70)
AL Central: Detroit Tigers (89-73)
AL West: Los Angeles Angels (93-69)
NL Wild Card: Pirates over Braves
AL Wild Card: A’s over Red Sox
2014 NLDS: Pirates over Cardinals, 3-2; Nationals over Dodgers, 3-2
2014 ALDS: Angels over Tigers, 3-1; Rays over Red Sox, 3-2
2014 NLCS: Nationals over Pirates, 4-2
2014 ALCS: Rays over Angels, 4-3
2014 World Series: Washington Nationals over Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3
National League Awards
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
NL Cy Young: Zack Greinke, RHP, Dodgers
NL Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds
American League Awards
AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Angels
AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver, RHP, Angels
AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
Picks From Around MLB
Breakout Players: Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees; Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners; Kole Calhoun, RF, Angels; Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers; Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Angels.
Biggest Surprises: Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals; Hector Santiago, LHP, Angels.
Biggest Disappointments: Jose Reyes, Blue Jays; Carlos Beltran, OF, Yankees;Dan Haren, RHP, Dodgers.
Teams that will regress: Braves, Tigers, Rangers, Orioles, Royals.
Teams that will bounce back: Angels, Padres.
Teams that will stay in limbo: Astros, Marlins, Cubs, Rockies, Phillies, Mets, Twins, White Sox, and many more.
Teams that will stay the course: Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Red Sox, Rays, A’s, Reds, Indians, Yankees, Giants.
Biggest Comebacks: Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels; Josh Hamilton, OF, Angels; Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees; Tim Lincecum, RHP, Giants; Chad Billingsley, RHP, Dodgers; Peter Bourjos, OF, Cardinals; Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers; Curtis Granderson, OF, Yankees; Johnny Cueto, RHP, Reds; Tim Hudson, RHP, Giants.
What To Look For in 2014
Basically, what we're looking at is a season that will be full of thrills and surprises, more-so than the last several years. Baseball is slowly returning to the crapshoot it once was before the Steroid Era. And that's a good thing. Therefore, we will see teams bounce back; young players making their mark; and a free-for-all towards the finish line to October Baseball. This feels like it will be one of the more exciting seasons in recent history. And I can't wait to see how 2014 plays out.