Sunday, April 3, 2016

MLB Opening Day 2016

The 2016 Major League Baseball season starts off today. The first game of the year is between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'm excited to watch some baseball again and ready for the long season ahead. I'm going to make a few picks for the leaders of each division and then see how off I am in October.

NL Central
The Cardinals happen to my pick for the NL Central division leader this year though I am a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. I think the Cardinals have what it takes and they have been a regular for the MLB Playoffs for several years now. The Cubs are still doubtful. The Milwaukee Brewers showed strength last year but couldn't hold it out. I wouldn't count out the wild card Pittsburgh Pirates.

NL East

This division features my favorite team, the Atlanta Braves, a team once predicted for greatness, the Washington Nationals, and a team that lost in the World Series, the New York Mets. It's hard to go against my old hometown but I think the New York Mets have a great team and will take it to the top again. The Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins might not make many waves this year. Interestingly enough, the Mets face the Kansas City Royals today for a World Series rematch.

NL West

Looking back to last year, I think it is a good predictor for the leader of the NL West division this year. I'm going with the Los Angeles Dodgers but it is an even year so I would be foolish to count out the San Francisco Giants who have won two words series in the last three years. The Arizona Diamondbacks have spent some money to get wins but it might not work. The San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies are still rebuilding in this tough division.

AL Central

The Kansas City Royals are the defending champions, which is why I am picking them again this year but there is plenty of good teams. The Cleveland Indians are a team to watch out for. I also look at the Chicago White Sox who are one of my favorite teams over in the American League. The Detroit Tiger and Minnesota Twins haven't made much noise last year so I could be surprised.

AL East
I really have no idea what team could take the lead this year but I will resort to a strong team and my birth city in the Boston Red Sox. The New York Yankees can never be counted out and the Toronto Blue Jays were surprisingly good this year. The Baltimore Orioles could also be a shocker. I don't have much hope for the Tampa Bay Rays.

AL West

This division still confuses me with the transfer of the Houston Astros a few years back. I'm picking the Astros to take this division. They have really turned this team around. I am a fan of the Seattle Mariners so I'll be watching how they will do. The Los Angeles Angels are strong and could easily make a statement this year. The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers don't strike me as teams to make much of a fuss but it's a long season.

Excited to have the long season of baseball to look ahead. I'll try to post mostly at the end of the month but may choose some special events like the All Star Break and if a team really takes off!

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