The Rangers might need to straighten out the rotation. But they'll only need three starters once the games begin.
Something tells me the Giants, while good, are missing a couple of pieces for a deep run. Also, I have this feeling that the Rangers are going to get spanked by either the White Sox/Detroit or the Yankees, whichever they play first. Don't blame you for keeping your pick, though.
I think the Reds aren't getting a lot of respect, neither are the Braves really. In my old age I've grown to hate, more and more, things getting crammed down my throat; so that last thing I want to see is a Nats v. Yankees series.
This thread is hilarious...
Both leagues are pretty wide open.
Yanks don't have the pitching and Tampa doesn't have the hitting. I think the Angels could be deadly but they are barely over .500 and have a lot to do to get in. Texas' offense is prone to inexplicable slumps and their pitching is nothing to get excited about. I would probably have to go with Detroit to come out of the AL.
With Strasburg I think the Nats are the favorites...without him I don't think they have a chance. Zimmerman and Gonzalez are very good but I don't think they can carry the team to a WS. The Dodgers were predictably terrible after their strong start the offensive talent on that team was a joke and their pitching is shallow. Hanley and Prictorino (compliments to bub) make them a legit team but I still don't think they have enough...same with Cincy. I think STL gets in over Pitt and they wil be dangerous as always. I don;t really think any of these teams stand out so I'll pick the Braves and we'll see what happens.
Any one of those teams could come out of the NL and I don't think any of them will beat the team that comes out of the AL.
Here's hoping I'm wrong.
It's really hard to predict right now. On paper, the Angels are the best team in the AL....but you don't win games on paper. You're right about the Rangers and their shaky pitching....the same goes for the Yankees. I like the Tigers pick. They have a dynamic offense and a very solid pitching staff led by Verlander.
The NL doesn't have a true frontrunner either. The Nats are great but they are also very young and inexperienced. I don't know about a worst to first team winning the World Series. ESPN would probably love it because they have been drooling all over them this year. They would LOVE it if it is the Angels vs. the Nats...two big market teams and two teen idol stars.
It's very possible that the hottest team swoops in and goes the entire way this year just like last year.