The Colorado Rockies are the sexy pick this season. Loaded with young talent and viable veterans, the
The St. Louis Cardinals are poised to recover from an October swoon, which saw them lose in the NLDS. This surprising loss prompted the organization to re-sign outfielder Matt Holiday to a long term contract. Now, the organization must focus their attention on resigning the best hitter in baseball, Albert Pujols. Regardless,
While the Phillies did obtain the best pitcher in baseball, Roy Halladay, for some reason that has yet to be determined, they traded pitcher Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. Despite this moment insanity, the Phillies are the favorite to repeat as league champions. With an all-star lineup and the addition of Halladay, it’ll be tough for any team to compete with this potential dynasty in the making. But the resurgent Atlanta Braves might have something to say about that. This being Bobby Cox’s last season at the helm, the
The Mariners overhauled their roster from last season, in an effort to contend in the “Wild West.” The additions of Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley will bolster their paltry offense from last season considerably. By signing Figgns away from the Anaheim Angels, the Angels consistent rule of the division could be in jeopardy. Ichiro is still one of the most dynamic players in the game, and although he’s now 40 years young, Ken Griffey Jr. still has some pop left in the sweetest swing in baseball. With pitchers Felix Hernandez and Lee atop their rotation, the Mariners will have a chance to win and make a run for a playoff spot. Although the Texas Rangers have made some nice moves this off-season, Hall of Famer and now owner Nolan Ryan won’t be pitching any time soon.
The AL Central is a toss up and will be determined in the last week of the season. Discard the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals right now. They are as what we refer to as, “rebuilding.” The Chicago White Sox will be the surprise team of the year. They made their move for this season, last season, by trading for pitcher Jake Peavy at the trading deadline. From all reports, Peavy is finally healthy, as he looks to reclaim his CY Young form. The Minnesota Twins will not only be battling teams this season, but Mother Nature as well. The Twins will attempt to begin play in their new open-air stadium; good luck. The loss of their all-star closer Joe Nathan will be difficult to overcome, but the state of
As defending champions, the Yankees are the class of baseball. By trading with the Tigers to acquire outfielder Curtis Granderson, in addition to having one of the top infields in baseball history, the Yankees can set the cruise control to October. In his second stint in
No surprise here, Albert “The Machine” Pujols and Alex Rodriguez will each win their fourth MVP award. We are watching history each time these two men step in the batters box. Rodriguez will be pushed by Joe Mauer, but Rodriguez will have much more opportunity to boost his numbers with a better team around him and having the opportunity to play 81 games in Yankee Stadium. If able to stay healthy, Florida Marlins Josh Johnson and the before mentioned Peavy will each win the CY Young award for their respected leagues.
Come October, the St. Louis Cardinals will head to the
The next eight months are sure to be absolutely remarkable. Opening Day is truly an American holiday. Today, no matter your allegiance, your team is in first place and everyone has a fresh start. Baseball is the greatest game there ever has been and ever will be. As Hall of Famer Wade Boggs said, “Baseball is
Happy Opening Day!