I’m a Seattle guy, so even though my Mariners haven’t been very good for quite some time I still get excited for baseball season.
Pitchers and catchers have reported for duty and that means baseball is just around the corner. It’s been nice to see the Twittersphere blowing up with talk about MLB.
And of course there are plenty of predictions. The Vegas win totals have been posted for every single team in the league. Let’s take a look at how each division should play out according to the experts in the desert.
The American League East was won by Toronto last year and they should repeat. However, the Red Sox and the Yankees have long dominated this division. Both of those teams are primed to challenge the Blue Jays this year. Don’t plan on seeing Baltimore or Tampa Bay playing games in October.
In the Central, the Royals are coming off a World Series victory and have had plenty of success the past two seasons. No surprise here as they should win the division again. The Tigers and Indians are slightly behind them, with the White Sox and Twins likely to not be much of a threat.
The West is a very competitive division with the Rangers and Astros both log jammed at the top, but the Mariners and Angels not far behind. The A’s are the only team odds makers don’t think much of. I’m hoping Seattle can pull something off this year, but they have two tough teams ahead of them.
Moving to the National League the East is a pretty weak division. You have the Mets and Nationals, but after that it’s the Marlins then the Phillies and Braves are battling it out for the worst team in the league.
The Cubs are both public and betting favorites this year, followed closely by the Cardinals and Pirates. The Brewers and Reds have struggled and they won’t be much better in 2016.
The West is another division with some quality teams. The Giants and Dodgers are both stacked, but watch out for the Diamondbacks. Arizona made some nice offseason moves to try to become a contender. Unfortunately the Padres and Rockies can’t really say the same.
According to the win totals you should expect to see Toronto, Kansas City, and Texas winning divisions with the Wild Card spots going to Boston and Houston.
For the National League playoffs it’s the Mets, Cubs, and Giants leading the division with Wild Card teams of the Cardinals and the Dodgers. However, the Nationals and Pirates are almost dead even with St. Louis and LA.
What do you think? Will the season play out like Vegas thinks? Let me know.