Thought it would be fun to start a thread on what people think the final standings will be at the end of the year.
The Rangers overproduced last year in a ton of areas and I think it was largely because the division was so weak, every team outside of Texas got better and I think they tread water at best if not got worse. The Angels win this division by 5+ games.
Detroit wins this by default though they aren't one of the better teams in the AL. The Royals pitching fails them and Cleveland proves last years comeback victories were just a fluke. This Twins team looks hrorible.
This is the toughest AL division to call. I don't like any pitcher on the Yankees except Sabathia, they are all set to fail imo. I'm not all that keen on the Red Sox pitching either.
AL Wild Card - I'll cop out and go with the Rays and Yankees with the Rangers being the obvious other choice. The other 8 teams have almost no chance to make the playoffs with the one dark horse being the Blue Jays.
The middle ranks of this division are pretty murky and I can see the Giants or Diamondbacks win it. The Diamondbacks massively overproduced last year and were a .500 team at best so I expect some major regression but they also really improved the roster which should offset it.
This division has the toughest race with 3 real contenders and 3 of the worst teams in baseball. The Cardinals are the ultimate wild card team as they have so many huge injury risks so there is no clear way to decide where the end up, if they all stay healthy they take the division, if a few get hurt they could finish under .500. The Reds are the overrated team in the division since getting Latos isn't' enough to assume they improve by 10+ games.
I don't buy the Nationals, sorry. It is a bad offensive club with a bad defense and a pitching staff that is good but full of injury concerns and a bullpen that isn't amazing after the top 2. This divison as a whole is a lot weaker than last year though so it isn't a clear cut race.
NL Wild Card - Diamondbacks, Reds. I think the East beats up on each other and the weak bottom of the central assures one if not two wild cards come from it.