MLB Season Preview: 10 Teams Most Likely to Make the 2013 World Series
Who Will Be Holding This Up In 2013?
There are expected to be some fresh faces showing up this coming fall for the Major League Baseball post-season. The pecking order will be shuffled in the American League East and a surprise team from the American League Central could arrive to crash the party.
The Toronto Blue Jays are a team coming in with a tremendous amount of hype and the Tampa Bay Rays have returned with another very competitive team. The Detroit Tigers are expected to be the team to beat and runaway winners of the AL Central. The Cleveland Indians will be the team that will surprise everyone, but not in the manner the 2012 Baltimore Orioles did.
And once again, it will be a three-way battle for the American League West with the Anaheim Angels emerging with the division title in 2013.
Over in the National League, things should remain the same with one exception. The team everyone is talking about — the Washington Nationals — seems to be an nearly unanimous choice to hoist the trophy in November. However, there is another powerhouse in the league — even the same division — that will fight tooth and nail to gain the No. 1 seed. The Atlanta Braves have as good a team as the Nationals but they do have more potential weaknesses.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will flip-flop all season with the division champion crowned the last week of the season. Both will win enough games to either take the division or secure the final wild card.
There is always a surprise team and in 2013 it will be the Cleveland Indians.
San Francisco Giants
The defending champs will have a tough hill to climb if they want to win their third title in four years.
The Dodgers are finally able to gel and the money invested finally starts to pay off.
Tampa Bay Rays
Just how healthy the Rays can stay and how much offense they produce will dictate how far into the fall the team ventures.
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto, after spending years struggling to keep up with the 'class' of the AL East, can take the division but only go as far as the pitching staff will carry them.
The Reds are a slugging team that will simply have to score a lot of runs, which is something they shouldn't have a problem doing.
The Tigers are the most complete team in the AL, but there is a huge drop-off at the replacement level, something that may haunt them into the playoffs.
The Braves are just about the whole package, but if either the pitchers and/or the young hitters can't meet expectations, they will have a hard time getting into the playoffs.
The Nats might be the best team the MLB has seen in over a decade — its very hard to find any flaws in this team that could end up winning 110 games.