MLB 2013 Predictions: World Series, Division, MVP And Cy Young Winners For The Upcoming Season

Robinson Cano New York Yankees
Robinson Cano has new management in the final year of his contract. Reuters

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.

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:

American League

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

National League

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

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