A Nice, Quick 2015 MLB Preview

mlbThe 2015 Major League Baseball season is upon us.  Lots of storylines abound for the upcoming season.

In the American League: will Alex Rodriguez bounce back?  Will the New York Yankees rebound?  Will the Boston Red Sox’ hitting take them to an AL East division title?  Will Robinson Cano lead the Seattle Mariners back to prominence?

In the National League: will the Washington Nationals FINALLY put together a successful postseason?  Ditto for the Los Angeles Dodgers?  Will someone FINALLY take out the St. Louis Cardinals, aka “Team Cockroach”?

Inquiring minds want to know.  In the meantime, on to the quick-ass preview (predicted records in parentheses)…

*-denotes wild card team

American League

AL East

  1. Baltimore Orioles (89-73)
  2. Boston Red Sox (87-75)
  3. Toronto Blue Jays (85-77)
  4. New York Yankees (81-81)
  5. Tampa Bay Rays (74-88)

(Memo to my beloved Yankees: please win!  Prove me wrong dammit!)

AL Central

  1. Detroit Tigers (85-77)
  2. Cleveland Indians (83-79)
  3. Kansas City Royals (80-82)
  4. Chicago White Sox (75-87)
  5. Minnesota Twins (68-94)

AL West

  1. Seattle Mariners (94-68)
  2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim below El Segundo in Orange County (90-72)*
  3. Oakland Athletics (88-74)*
  4. Texas Rangers (72-90)
  5. Houston Astros (65-97)

National League

NL East

  1. Washington Nationals (96-66)
  2. Miami Marlins (84-78)
  3. Atlanta Braves (80-82)
  4. New York Mets (76-86)
  5. Philadelphia Phillies (70-92)

(“METS” = “My Entire Team Sucks”)

NL Central

  1. St. Louis Cardinals (89-73)
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates (88-74)*
  3. Chicago Cubs (86-76)
  4. Cincinnati Reds (81-81)
  5. Milwaukee Brewers (75-87)

NL West

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers (94-68)
  2. San Francisco Giants (90-72)*
  3. San Diego Padres (85-77)
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks (75-87)
  5. Colorado Rockies (69-93)

Postseason awards

AL MVP: Robinson Cano

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen

AL Cy Young Award Winner: Felix Hernandez

NL Cy Young Award Winner: Clayton Kershaw

American League pennant winner: Mariners

National League pennant winner: Nationals

2015 World Series winner: Nationals

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