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2014 MLB Season Projections


 

A Long-Standing Tradition

Every season since 1991, I have gathered my information and made my projections for the coming season. Now I get to do it for LA Sports Hub. So, how about we cut to the chase, and just dive right into it. Here are my 2014 MLB season projections!

 

National League Standings

 

NL East

Washington Nationals  91-71

Atlanta Braves  89-73 (Wild Card 2)

New York Mets  71-91

Philadelphia Phillies 70-92

Miami Marlins  63-99

 

NL Central

St. Louis Cardinals  92-70

Pittsburgh Pirates  91-71 (Wild Card 1)

Cincinnati Reds  88-74

Milwaukee Brewers  75-87

Chicago Cubs  67-95

 

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers 93-69

San Diego Padres  86-76

San Francisco Giants  85-77

Arizona Diamondbacks  84-78

Colorado Rockies  70-92

 

American League Standings

 

AL East

Tampa Bay Rays  92-70

Boston Red Sox  90-72 (Wild Card 2)

New York Yankees  86-76

Baltimore Orioles  83-79

Toronto Blue Jays  63-99

 

AL Central

Detroit Tigers  89-73

Cleveland Indians  85-77

Kansas City Royals  82-80

Minnesota Twins  74-88

Chicago White Sox  65-97

 

AL West

Los Angeles Angels  93-69

Oakland Athletics  91-71 (Wild Card 1)

Texas Rangers  87-75

Seattle Mariners  73-89

Houston Astros  62-100

 

2014 Postseason

NL Wild Card: Pirates over Braves

AL Wild Card: A’s over Red Sox

2014 NLDS: Pirates over Cardinals, 3-2; Nationals over Dodgers, 3-2

2014 ALDS: Angels over Tigers, 3-1; Rays over Red Sox, 3-2

2014 NLCS: Nationals over Pirates, 4-2

2014 ALCS: Rays over Angels, 4-3

2014 World Series: Washington Nationals over Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3

 

National League Awards

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates

NL Cy Young: Zack Greinke, RHP, Dodgers

NL Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds

 

American League Awards

AL MVP: Mike Trout, OF, Angels

AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver, RHP, Angels

AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox

 

What Else Could Happen in 2014?

Breakout Players: Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees; Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners; Kole Calhoun, RF, Angels; Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers; Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Angels.

Biggest Surprises: Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals; Hector Santiago, LHP, Angels.

Biggest Disappointments: Jose Reyes, Blue Jays; Carlos Beltran, OF, Yankees; Dan Haren, RHP, Dodgers.

Teams that will regress: Braves, Tigers, Rangers, Orioles, Royals.

Teams that will bounce back: Angels, Padres.

Teams that will stay in limbo: Astros, Marlins, Cubs, Rockies, Phillies, Mets, Twins, White Sox, and many more.

Teams that will stay the course: Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Red Sox, Rays, A’s, Reds, Indians, Yankees, Giants.

Biggest Comebacks: Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels; Josh Hamilton, OF, Angels; Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees; Tim Lincecum, RHP, Giants; Chad Billingsley, RHP, Dodgers; Peter Bourjos, OF, Cardinals; Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers; Curtis Granderson, OF, Yankees; Johnny Cueto, RHP, Reds; Tim Hudson, RHP, Giants.

 

Final 2014 MLB Season Projections

This season will be an exciting race in both leagues. There is a more evenly matched collective of talent throughout Major League Baseball. Teams that have dominated the last few years will step back. Other teams that have not contended much lately will take a shot. And teams that have been on a playoff hiatus, while still contending off and on, will make another run at glory. There will be historic milestones; all-time great performances; and we’ll get to see the next generation of ballplayers in full swing this season. 2014 will be one of the funnest seasons to watch in recent history. In a nutshell, those are my 2014 MLB season predictions.

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