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Indians: 2013 MLB predictions

AMERICAN LEAGUE

(Central Division)

  1. Detroit Tigers: The odds on favorite to repeat as division champs, and some experts’ pick to win it all.
  2. Cleveland Indians: A revamped lineup means it is all on the rotation to guide the Tribe back to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
  3. Chicago White Sox: This is a team that has enough to stay in it until the end.
  4. Kansas City Royals: Plenty think a fourth-place prediction is a Royal insult for this upstart bunch.
  5. Minnesota Twins: Manager Ron Gardenhire’s hot seat is removed shortly into the season as the Twinkies tumble early and often.

(East Division)

1.Toronto Blue Jays: Offseason additions pay off for the Jays, who finally have what it takes to get to the top of the toughest division in baseball.

2. New York Yankees: Getting old real quick and have plenty of questions, but still one of the most talented teams in the AL.

3. Tampa Bay Rays: Lost a lot — B.J. Upton and James Shields — but still a playoff contender.

4. Boston Red Sox: BoSox are no longer holding up their end of the “Big Two” bargain.

5. Baltimore Orioles: A wild-card qualifier last year, the Birds don’t fly quite so high this time around.

(West Division)

  1. Los Angeles Angels: The Halos have the best lineup in baseball and plenty of pitching to back it up.
  2. Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish progresses into an ace, but this Josh Hamilton-less team’s playoff run comes to an end.
  3. Oakland A’s: Surprise, last year’s surprise team comes back down to earth.
  4. Seattle Mariners: Eric Wedge and the boys are still years away from contending.
  5. Houston Astros: A familiar spot for this team, no matter what league it plays in.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

(Central Division)

  1. Cincinnati Reds: With former Indian Brandon Phillips leading the way, the Reds repeat as division champs.
  2. St. Louis Cardinals: The loss of Chris Carpenter to injury is a significant blow to a club that did little in the offseason to improve.
  3. Pittsburgh Pirates: This traditional cellar dweller keeps making strides under general manager Neal Huntington, a former member of Cleveland’s front office.
  4. Milwaukee Brewers: Brew Crew is a one-man Ryan Braun gang, and that’s not enough, even in one of the weakest divisions in baseball.
  5. Chicago Cubs: Cubbies are sad to see Astros go, taking over Houston’s traditional residence in the basement.

(East Division)

  1. Philadelphia Phillies: Charlie Manuel and the Phills make it back to the top of the division.
  2. Washington Nationals: Most have this team repeating as division champs.
  3. Atlanta Braves: No more Chipper Jones and no more playoff appearances for the Bravos, at least not this year.
  4. New York Mets: The other New York team still can’t figure out a way to win on a consistent basis.
  5. Miami Marlins: Another purging in South Beach has left the fish talent-challenged.

(West Division)

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers: Magic Johnson and the rest of his $2 billion investors have built a club poised to challenge for a pennant.
  2. San Francisco Giants: The Giants still have pitching and that keeps them around until the end.
  3. San Diego Padres: Many have picked this team as a sleeper, some even feeling it will contend, but that’s a stretch.
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks: D-backs likely to stay in the middle of the pack, just like last year.
  5. Colorado Rockies: It’s a repeat last-place finish for a team that was last in the playoffs as early as 2009.

 

INDIANS’ RECORD: 91-71

INDIANS’ ALL-STARS: Justin Masterson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana

AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD-CARD GAME: Yankees over Indians

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION: Angels

AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP: Josh Hamilton, Angels

AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG: CC Sabathia, Yankees

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD-CARD GAME WINNER: Nationals over Giants

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION: Dodgers

NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP: Brandon Phillips, Reds

NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG: Cliff Lee, Phillies

WORLD SERIES CHAMPION: Los Angeles Angels