It's that time of year.
NL East: New York Mets
NL Central: Chicago Cubs
NL West:Arizona Diamondbacks
NL Wild Card: Philadelphia Phillies
Last year the Mets collapse in spectacular fashion, however they replaced an aging indifferent Tom Glavine with Johan Santana. I think that should be enough to make that one game difference that kept them put of the playoffs. Also Pedro Martinez is back for a full season and that should make for the best one two combo in baseball. That's why they will win the division. The Phillies will finish second with probably the second best record in the NL.
The Chicago Cubs will for the first time in a hundred years make the playoffs two years in a row. Lou Pinella is doing what he succeeded in doing in Seattle but failed to do in Tampa Bay.
The Diamondbacks pitching is the best of the league and I don't see them having competition in their division.
NL Championship Mets over the Phillies
After the division series I see the Mets face the Phillies where I feel the Mets pitching will be too strong for the Phillies tough lineup. So the Mets should be in the World Series for the first time since 2000.
AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central:Detroit Tigers
AL West: Seattle Mariners
AL Wild Card: New York Yankees
I think the Red Sox will continue their run of being an elite team by winning the division for the second year in a row.
The Tigers with their new acquisitions Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera should take the central pretty easily.
The Mariners made a surprise run last year before they faded in September. This year they have better pitching and a weaker Angel team to put them over the top.
AL Championship: Seattle over Boston
I see the Mariners playing the Red Sox in the AL Championships and for the first time in their history getting into the World Series.
World Series: Seattle over New York Mets
And for some reason I see the Mariners beating the Mets in what I hope to be a 7 game series. That will be okay with me. I can wait until the Mets move into Citifield before they win their championship.