The MLB season is officially upon us, and if the first day's games were any suggestion of the how the season will play out, it should be an exciting year around the league.  Before we get too deep into the season, I'll reveal my World Series Champion, hand out awards, and let you know where your favorite team is gonna finish.  If you're looking for the ultimate baseball breakdown, division-by-division,  you've come to the right place.


AL East

  1. Toronto Blue Jays
  2. Baltimore Orioles
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Boston Red Sox

Baseball's most wide open division should see a new winner by season's end.  The Blue Jays retooled their entire team, landing stars Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey.  They should have enough offense this year to get over a lack of bullpen depth.  The Orioles have almost all of their players returning from last year's surprise season.  Their bullpen is a strength and starting pitching is deep.  They'll play consistent baseball, which is not something you ca say about the other teams in the division.  The Yankees, Rays, and Red Sox round out the bottom three.  The Yankees will struggle until Jeter, Granderson, and Teixeira return.  The Rays lack offensive firepower, and I expect Boston's pitching to be suspect again this year.

AL Central

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Cleveland Indians
  3. Kansas City Royals
  4. Chicago White Sox
  5. Minnesota Twins

The easiest division to pick in baseball is definitely the AL Central.  The Tigers will run away with the division this year, led by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.  Not to mention, they'll have Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer likely leading the AL in strikeouts again.  The Royals could surprise people and finish second, but I think they are still a year away from a breakout.  Minnesota is the cellar dweller in the Central, and will likely be amongst baseball's worst teams.  Sorry Twins' fans.

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AL West

  1. Los Angeles Angels
  2. Oakland Athletics
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Texas Rangers
  5. Houston Astros

The Angels acquired the best free agent on the market in Josh Hamilton and have a top half of the lineup that is the best in the league.  They underperformed significantly last year, but Manager Mike Scioscia won't let this team struggle for a second straight year.  The Mariners and A's will put up a valiant effort chasing the Angels and could finish in a Wild Card spot.  Houston is not looking forward to their division switch, likely getting beat up on by AL opponents.


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NL East

  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. Philadelphia Phillies
  4. New York Mets
  5. Miami Marlins

This division is definitely top heavy.  The Nationals and Braves are serious World Series contenders, but the other divisional foes will struggle this year.  The Nats are led by young stars Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, whereas the Braves will rely on offseason acquisitions B.J and Justin Upton.  Philly is still living in the past, not having changed their roster much in the past few years.  The Mets will not compete in the division unless GM Sandy Alderson can get one of baseball's top prospects, pitcher Zach Wheeler, to the big leagues fast.  Miami will be terrible this year, after agreeing to a fire sale to the Toronto Blue Jays.  It's unfortunate for Miami fans that owner Jeffrey Loria can't put a competitive team on the field.

NL Central

  1. Cincinnati Reds
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Chicago Cubs

The Reds are still seething over having an NLCS berth taken from them by the San Francisco Giants.  Cincinnati made a major decision keeping fireballer Aroldis Chapman in the closer role, allowing all 5 starters to return from last season.  They should have enough pitching to win the division again.  St. Louis will still have a good offense and good pitching, but I don't envision them winning the division this year.  The Brewers and Pirates could finish above .500 this year, making the division on of the best overall.  The Cubs are still in rebuilding mode going into 2013.

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NL West

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. San Francisco Giants
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. San Diego Padres
  5. Colorado Rockies

I'm buying in 100% to the Dodgers hype.  Their staff is led by CY Young hopeful Clayton Kershaw and newly acquired Zack Greinke.  They have an offense that has yet to fully blossom, but features some of the game's best players in Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez.  The Giants will be a pitching led team, as they were when they won their last two World Series.  I'd love to see their offense if Pablo Sandoval can stay healthy all year.  The Diamondback will finish third because, ultimately, they have more players than San Diego and Colorado.  I don't the Rockies to compete this year because their pitching is just abysmal.


Wild Card Round

Oakland over Baltimore

Atlanta over St. Louis

Divisional Round

Detroit over Oakland

Toronto over LAA

Cincinnati over Washington

Atlanta over LAD

Championship Round

Toronto over Detroit

Cincinnati over Atlanta

World Series

Cincinnati over Toronto

MLB Awards (AL,NL)

MVP: Jose Bautista (TOR), Joey Votto (CIN)

CY Young: Justin Verlander (DET), Stephen Strasburg (WSH)

Manager of the Year: John Gibbons (TOR), Don Mattingly (LAD)

Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers (TAM), Zach Wheeler (NYM)

There you have it folks.  The MLB season predictions before your own eyes.  As we've seen in past years, baseball can be unpredictable.  So watch the games, follow your favorite team, and enjoy the 2013 MLB season.  Don't forget to check back into ESPN Binghamton for all the latest MLB news.