It seems like yesterday that the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in six games to win the 2013 MLB World Series. The offseason hasn’t even hit full swing yet, but it’s never too early to predict the winner of the 2014 World Series.
I’ll start off by saying that even though Boston and St. Louis are likely to make the postseason next year, neither team will be lucky enough to make it back to the fall classic. There are a few teams who made the postseason that only need one or two new players that can put them over the hump and get them to the World Series, but that is yet to be seen considering free agency frenzy hasn’t kicked off yet.
The New York Yankees did something this season that they’re not used to doing and that was missing the postseason. Don’t get your hopes up Yankee fans because your team won’t be winning a World Series title next season, either.
If I were a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, I would finally be able to hold my head high. What the Pirates did this past season was an amazing story to watch. Pittsburgh is a talented team, but they won’t be representing the National League in the World Series, as well.
There are a few teams in the American League you could say will make the World Series, but the team I think will make it just happens to be in the same division as the Red Sox and Yankees. Sorry Toronto Blue Jays, it’s not you either. The Tampa Bay Rays will be the team to represent the American League in the 2014 World Series.
Representing the National League will be the Los Angeles Dodgers. They came up short this season, but I expect Magic Johnson and the rest of the ownership to open up their wallets enough to improve the Dodgers to the point where winning a World Series is all but a sure thing.
The Dodgers and Rays matchup could be another exciting World Series to watch. I fully expect Los Angeles to defeat Tampa Bay in five games to win their first World Series title since 1988.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.