UPDATE July 15, 2013. My 2013 MLB predictions at the half way mark of the season look shaky at best. My picks for division winners were Angels, Tigers, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Cardinals and Braves. The Tigers, Cardinals and Braves are holding. The Angles are 11 games behind and the Blue Jays are 11.5 games out of first. The Dodgers seem to be my only hope for the other division title. Los Angeles is 2.5 games back. For the 2013 MLB predictions wild card teams, I picked the Indians and Orioles in the American League and Nationals and Giants in the National League. Both the Indians and Orioles are still in the hunt, 3 and 1.5 wild card games back. The National League is a different story. The Nationals are 5 and the Giants are 9.5 wild card games back. Both teams will need a little magic to get into one of the wild card spots. There’s still a lot of ball to be played. It will be fun to see how close or further away my 2013 MLB predictions become.
My 2013 MLB predictions took a lot of thought in order to eliminate each team from competition. The baseball season holds so many unknown factors that predictions like this, even though calculated, can be far-fetched. Below are my 2013 MLB predictions from the league titles to which team will endure and become World Series champs.
2013 MLB Predictions | Who Will Win the World Series Total Voters: 235
2013 MLB Predictions | Who Will Win the World Series
Total Voters: 235
2013 MLB Predictions
Who Won’t Be In
New York Yankees: The Yankees will always find ways to make headlines, but this year I think they’re just too old.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Just on the outside. The Diamondbacks will be tough this year, but will come up just short. Not enough quality pitching to leap the Dodgers and the Giants.
Philadelphia Phillies: Like the Yankees, the Phillies might just be slightly past the curve. Can everyone stay healthy?
2013 MLB Predictions – Division Champions
American League West: Los Angeles Angels. A year after the Pujols media frenzy, they can get back to baseball and relax a bit. The addition of Hamilton will mostly make the Angels lineup the best in the American League.
American League Central: Detroit Tigers. Solid lineup and pitching will help the Tigers get back into the post season. Unlike last year, the Tigers will have more of a cushion in the division.
American League East: Toronto Blue Jays. Who didn’t the Blue Jays pick up in the off-season? With a solid pitching staff and lineup now, the Blue Jays shouldn’t have any problem running away with the division.
National League West: Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2013 Dodgers will get into the swing of things with a year under the new owners and Don Mattingly having another year of experience at the helm. They added some starting pitching and are still youthful. With money to blow, they’ll also be able to pick up pieces throughout the season to fill in the gaps.
National League Central: St. Louis Cardinals. This one was tough, but the Cardinals will keep their run of the Central division. Pitching might become a little bump, but not one that the they won’t be able to get over.
National League East: Atlanta Braves. The addition of BJ Upton will finally send the Braves past the Phillies. The lineup is now as deadly as any in the league, combined with enough good pitching to make them better.
Wild Card One: Washington Nationals. Strasburg and Harper will hit stride. Combined with some veteran leadership, the kids will shine.
Wild Card Two: San Francisco Giants. Big questions for the 2013 season will be pitching. Cain and Bumgarner will be consistent. It’s a matter of the other three big names. If Vogelsong, Lincecum and Zito can pitch, the Giants will be tough again.
2013 MLB Predictions – Wild Card Winners
American League: Cleveland Indians. In the one game playoff, the Indians will escape a close one and beat the Orioles.
National League: San Francisco Giants. The Giants pitching will be too strong in the one game playoff against the Nationals. Although, the Nationals will put up a good fight with their bats.
2013 MLB Predictions – Division Series
Series One: Indians vs. Angels. Angels will prove to be too strong for the Indians. Sweep?
Series Two: Blue Jays vs. Tigers. Management will be the deciding factor and for the second year in a row, Tigers manager Jim Leyland will move his team into the next round.
Series One: Giants vs. Cardinals in a rematch from last year. Again, the Giants will prevail with solid pitching and defense and the Cardinals lack there of.
Series Two: Dodgers vs. Braves. Although, the Braves will have some great at-bats, ultimately they will succumb to the Dodgers pitching.
2013 MLB Predictions – Championship Series
American League: Angels vs. Tigers. A showdown. Two high-powered teams in a major clash. Could even go seven with the Angels surviving to win the pennant.
National League: Giants vs. Dodgers. In a grueling seven games, the Giants will take the series. A rivalry at its finest.
2013 MLB Predictions – World Series
San Francisco Giants vs. Anaheim Angels.
In a rematch from 2002, I pick the Angels in five. Angels will have too powerful of a lineup for the tired Giants. After having to play out the Championship series versus the Dodgers, the Giants pitching just won’t hold off the power of the stacked Angels.