The 2013 MLB Season is finally here.
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will begin this year’s schedule with a matchup on Sunday night. It will be the Astros first game as a member of the American League.
This season will be unlike any previous year. For the first time baseball history, there will be interleague play all year-round. Of each team’s 162 games, 76 will come against division opponents, 66 will be against non-division league teams and the other 20 will involve interleague opponents.
For the second straight year, four total teams will win a wild card spot. Both the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles made it to last year’s Division Series with the help of the second spot.
The 2012 season ended with the San Francisco Giants defeating the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. This year, though, could see former bottom feeders rise to top of baseball and traditional powerhouses come short of making the playoffs.
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After major injuries to Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson, the New York Yankees may not play in October (although we believe they'll get there by hook or by crook). The Boston Red Sox may also struggle, having traded a few of their most talented players at last year’s trading deadline.
Player movement in the offseason has changed the landscape of a few divisions. The Toronto Blue Jays are the favorites in the American League after acquiring Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey. Both Los Angeles teams made big splashes, as the Angeles signed Josh Hamilton and the Dodgers brought in Zack Greinke.
The Washington Nationals are the favorites to win the championship, following their 98 wins in 2012. The online betting web site Bovada puts their odds of winning the World Series at 7/1. Right behind them are the Detroit Tigers and Blue Jays at 8/1.
Below are some of our predictions for the 2013 MLB Season:
East Central West
Tampa Bay Rays Detroit Tigers Los Angeles Angels
New York Yankees Cleveland Indians Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays Chicago White Sox Oakland Athletics
Baltimore Orioles Kansas City Royals Seattle Mariners
Boston Red Sox Minnesota Twins Houston Astros
MVP: Robinson Cano
Cy Young: David Price
ROY: Aaron Hicks
Wild Card: Yankees, Rangers
ALCS: Angels over Rays
East Central West
Washington Nationals Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis Cardinals Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves Milwaukee Brewers Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Mets Pittsburgh Pirates Colorado Rockies
Miami Marlins Chicago Cubs San Diego Padres
MVP: Matt Kemp
Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg
Wild Card: Phillies, Dodgers
NLCS: Dodgers over Reds
World Series: Angels over Dodgers