AL East: Tampa Rays
The Rays find a way every year to win around 90 games. Great management, scouting, outstanding pitching and just enough hitting puts them over the top. The defending champion Red Sox would need everything to go right for a repeat. The Yankees, despite four major signings, a formidable line-up, and pretty good starting pitching, have a creeky infield that may resemble a Triple-A team by the All Star break. Plus, how do you lose Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, and Robinson Cano and expect to improve on an 85-win season? The Blue Jays, if healthy, could surprise, and the Orioles have the best line-up in the division, but pretty bad pitching. This should be an exciting, tight divisional race. Ninety wins should be more than enough to win the title.
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
Detroit simply has too many of the elite players in the game to not pick them to win the division. But be wary of Miguel Cabrera after signing his ridiculously over-priced ten year deal. How many times have we seen it before when a slugger signs a deal of this length and takes a few steps back? The Royals will make the race interesting.
AL West: Oakland A's
The A's just find a way, much like the Rays. The Rangers already look like a MASH unit with all their injuries and could bury themselves by Father's Day. The Angels may be the team most fun to watch with their middle of the line-up trio of Pujols-Trout-Hamilton, but their pitching is not very good.
Wild Cards: Royals and Yankees
American League Champions: Rays
NL East: Washington Nationals
The Nationals are healthy again and with young talent like Stephen Strasberg and Bryce Harper that is ready to burst. The Braves make it close. The Mets will be a 2015 story.
NL Central: Pittsburgh Pirates
Another year older and with post-season experience under their belts, the Pirates will win their title in a generation. Would have liked to have seen them bolster their roster with some off-season moves, but they should be good enough to win 90 games in a weakened division. The Cardinals, seemingly everyone's choice to win this division, have taken steps backwards in losing key players to retirement and free agency. The Reds are an aging team with key injuries heading into the season.
NL West: LA Dodgers
The biggest asset, aside from Clayton Kershaw, is the front office. If they are down a few games in the standings come the trading deadline, ownership will do whatever is necessary to secure the talent they need. Puig is the team's x-factor. MVP or bust. The Giants will stay in the race with their pitching, but they still don't hit enough.
Wild Cards: Cardinals and Giants
National League Champions: Nationals
World Series: Washington Nationals over Tampa Rays in Six Games