Opening Day is finally here! The White Sox are coming off of a 2012 season that surprised many baseball experts. They finished 85-77, but blew a 3-game lead to the Detroit Tigers in the final weeks of September. In 2013, the White Sox should be able to have similar success considering that their roster hasn’t changed too much. Of course, it will be very tough to overtake Detroit for first place and Kansas City appears to be ready to contend, so the AL Central should be a tough division. Given that, I have the White Sox finishing second with an 87-75 record. Unfortunately, according to my other predictions for the rest of the American League, 87 wins will not be good enough for one of the AL Wild Card spots. However, if the White Sox are in position to contend come the trade deadline, they may make an acquisition that could improve their chances.

Here are the rest of my predictions that are likely to go wrong:

AL East

Toronto Blue Jays            94-68

Tampa Bay Rays             91-71

New York Yankees          87-75

Baltimore Orioles             84-78

Boston Red Sox              76-86

 

AL Central

 

Detroit Tigers                    93-69

Chicago White Sox           87-75

Kansas City Royals          85-77

Cleveland Indians              74-88

Minnesota Twins               64-98

 

AL West

 

Los Angeles Angels         92-70

Texas Rangers                89-73

Oakland Athletics            86-76

Seattle Mariners              73-89

Houston Astros               52-110

 

NL East

 

Washington Nationals    97-65

Atlanta Braves               95-67

Philadelphia Phillies       84-78

New York Mets              70-92

Miami Marlins                54-108

 

NL Central

 

Cincinnati Reds             96-66

St. Louis Cardinals        86-76

Milwaukee Brewers       81-81

Pittsburgh Pirates         77-85

Chicago Cubs               62-100

 

NL West

 

San Francisco Giants     91-71

Los Angeles Dodgers      87-75

Arizona Diamondbacks    83-79

San Diego Padres            72-90

Colorado Rockies             68-94

 

2013 Playoffs

 

AL Wildcard: Tampa Bay Rays over Texas Rangers

NL Wildcard: Atlanta Braves over Los Angeles Dodgers

ALDS: Toronto Blue Jays over Tampa Bay Rays

ALDS: Detroit Tigers over Los Angeles Angels

NLDS: Washington Nationals over Atlanta Braves

NLDS: San Francisco Giants over Cincinnati Reds

ALCS: Toronto Blue Jays over Detroit Tigers

NLCS: Washington Nationals over San Francisco Giants

World Series: Washington Nationals over Toronto Blue Jays

 

2013 Awards and League Leaders

 

AL MVP: Mike Trout

NL MVP: Jason Heyward

AL CY Young: Justin Verlander

NL CY Young: Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY: Jackie Bradley Jr.

NL ROY: Jedd Gyorko

AL MOY: John Gibbons

NL MOY: Fredi Gonzalez

AL Comeback: Mariano Rivera

NL Comeback: Tim Lincecum

AL HR King: Jose Bautista

NL HR King: Giancarlo Stanton

AL Batting Champ: Miguel Cabrera

NL Batting Champ: Joey Votto

AL K’s Leader: Yu Darvish

NL K’s Leader: Stephen Strasburg

 

-Eric Tichelbaut

 

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