The MLB season is just minutes away from kicking off, and I have come with the predictions that you have all been waiting for, my postseason and award picks! After giving a short preview for each team in my division rankings (they are linked in the post), here are my postseason picks!
East -- Washington Nationals (3)
Central -- St. Louis Cardinals (1)
West -- Los Angels Dodgers (2)
Wild Card -- Philadelphia Phillies (4)
Wild Card -- Arizona Diamondbacks (5)
Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Cy Young: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
MVP: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Breakout Team: Milwaukee Brewers
National League Champion: Washington Nationals
East -- New York Yankees (2)
Central -- Detroit Tigers (1)
West -- Los Angeles Angels (3)
Wild Card -- Oakland Athletics (4)
Wild Card -- Tampa Bay Rays (5)
Rookie of the Year: Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Breakout Team: Kansas City Royals
American League Champion: Detroit Tigers
2014 World Series Prediction
Washington Nationals in seven games. The Nationals have the best roster in all of baseball, and after a tough season last year, they will be playing with a chip on their shoulder. With a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, and Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals may not have the best regular season record, but can cruise through the postseason. Bryce Harper, my MVP pick, is going to hit 40 or more home runs. Jayson Werth will post a really good average, and Ian Desmond will the fantastic shortstop he is. The Nationals are built to win this World Series, and after having a good off season, there is no doubt in my mind that they do not win it.
The case for the Tigers: The Detroit Tigers offense might just be a little bit better then the Nationals', and they could easily defeat the team with their pitching as well. They have way more postseason experience after having played in the last three consecutive, and they are also built to win a championship as well. Their rotation is just as good as the Nationals', and they've got more star power in their lineup to perhaps beat them.