East- Rays. They have the best rotation and always play the Yankees and Sox tough.
Central- Tigers. MVP caliber players from 1st (Fielder) to (Verlander) 3rd (Cabrera). Defense looks shaky to me but they can over come it.
West- Rangers. Tough call since the Angels had an amazing off season. Unfortunately for them, I personally think that CJ Wilson is overrated and Pujols and Hamilton cancel each other out. The rest of the Rangers would take the Angels to the woodshed.
Wildcards- Angels and Yankees. The Yankees will find a way to pull it out since their resources are endless. Their rotation, CC & Associates, won’t stand up for an entire season but they are deep enough where they won’t all have to be good. An average rotation paired with that monstrous lineup and the RF jetstream gets them in.
Champion- Rays. When it comes down to getting to championships I always felt that teams with the least to lose thrive. They have an excellent manager and talent everywhere so why not?
MVP- Miguel Cabrera. I broke my nose playing 3rd and had my best season in HS so MC should too.
Cy Young- Verlander. He’s still nasty and pitchers follow up big years more easily than hitters. Stay with who is hot.
East- Phillies. Until Doc and Lee leave town no east team will be able to score enough runs consistently to beat them. It doesn’t matter if Utley and Howard don’t see the field until July because the Phillies can beat you in so many other ways.
Central- Brewers. The Cardinals and Brewers both lost their best player, the Cubs are the Cubs, Pittsburgh hasn’t had a winning season since Vanilla Ice was relevant, and the Astros are about to get shipped to the AL west just to give them a chance at seeing the postseason. The Brewers just have the most reliable and effective rotation and bullpen.
West- Giants. I think they made a mistake locking up Cain before the season thus leveling out any potential contract year bump he could have provided. News that Lincecum was eliminating his slider for the first part of the season sounds wonderful too. He won his Cy Young Awards with a dominating fastball and a filthy change-up and got pounded last year when he used his slider way more than he had before. I haven’t figured out how they will score runs but Posey coming back should help. After all Posey’s power came from his beautiful swing and not his athleticism, IMHO.
Wildcards- Braves and Dodgers. I’m a homer and the Braves’ string of poor luck with injuries has to run out eventually… right? The Dodgers should get a boost from their “Under New Management” sign hung outside of the stadium. Also, some guy named Kershaw still pitches for them with a bum patrolling CF. *close sarcasm*
Champ- Phillies. There is only one team with championship pitching here.
Pujols. Fielder. Roy Halladay. Its going to be more of a lifetime achievement award but well deserved.
Cy Young- Halladay
World Series Champs- Rays.