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2013 Preview: The HardballTalk staff predictions

Mar 29, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

Oh, great Oracle. Tell us what the future holds!
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Actually, we’re usually way wrong with this stuff. All of us picked the Phillies to win the NL East last year and that didn’t work out too well.  But at least unlike a lot of outfits, we come back to these in October and remind everyone how wrong we were, so the wrongness of it is underscored all the more. If you can’t tell, we don’t take this exercise entirely seriously. No battle plan survives engagement with the enemy and such.

Whatever the case, it’s fun to try to predict the future, darn it, so here we are:


CRAIGsource:

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Cubs

NL West

Giants
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Yankees
Orioles
Red Sox

AL Central
Tigers
Indians
Royals
White Sox
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Card: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
AL Wild Card: Indians, Rangers
AL Pennant Winner: Tigers
World Series Champ: Tigers over Nationals

source:  AARON

AL East
Rays
Blue Jays
Yankees
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals
Twins

AL West
Rangers
Angels
A’s
Mariners
Astros

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Brewers
Cubs
Pirates

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Padres

AL Wild Cards: Angels, Blue Jays
NL Wild Cards: Braves, Cardinals
AL Pennant Winner: Tigers
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
Word Series Champ: Nationals over Tigers

source:  JOE (only division winners because I sorta hit Joe up for his picks last minute)

NL East
Nationals

NL Central
Cardinals

NL West
Giants

AL East
Nobody. I’ll say Blue Jays for the fun of it.

AL Central
Tigers

AL West
Rangers

AL Wildcard: Angels and, yes, Royals. Why not?
NL Wildcard: Cardinals, Dodgers.
World Series Champs: Nationals over Rangers.


source:  D.J.

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Cubs

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Diamondbacks
Padres
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Yankees
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
Indians
Royals
White Sox
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Cards: Braves, Dodgers
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
AL Wild Cards: Rays, Rangers
AL Pennant Winner: Tigers
World Series: Nationals over Tigers

source:  DREW

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Pirates
Brewers
Cubs

NL West
Dodgers
Giants
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Padres

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Red Sox
Yankees
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
Royals
White Sox
Indians
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Card: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant Winner: Nationals
AL Wild Card: Rays, Rangers
AL Pennant Winner: Angels
World Series Champ: Angels over Nationals

source:  BILL

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Brewers
Pirates
Cubs

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
D-Backs
Padres
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Yankees
Rays
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals
Twins

AL West
Angels
Rangers
Athletics
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Card: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant winner: Nationals
AL Wild Card: Rangers, Yankees
AL Pennant winner: Blue Jays
World Series champ: Nationals over Blue Jays

source:  MATTHEW

NL East
Nationals
Braves
Phillies
Mets
Marlins

NL Central
Reds
Cardinals
Brewers
Pirates
Cubs

NL West
Giants
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Rockies

AL East
Blue Jays
Rays
Yankees
Red Sox
Orioles

AL Central
Tigers
Royals
White Sox
Indians
Twins

AL West
Rangers
Athletics
Angels
Mariners
Astros

NL Wild Cards: Braves, Cardinals
NL Pennant Winner: Braves
AL Wild Cards: Rays, Athletics
AL Pennant Winner: Blue Jays
World Series Champ: Blue Jays over Braves

That’s all, folks! Take ‘em to the bank. Or don’t. You’ll do just as well either way.

  1. devouredbychaos - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    lol @ all the Blue Jays hype. Remember when everyone picked the Red Sox to win the World Series 2 years ago before the season started?? What happened there huh..the Jays are gonna tank in the same fashion as the Sox did.

    Come late September I’ll be saying TOLD YOU SO! :)

    Rays
    Red Sox
    Yankees
    Blue Jays
    Orioles

    Mark my words…the Jays will not even make the playoffs.

  2. buggieowens - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I’m calling it here: Red Sox in 4 games in the W.S. over whatever National Team makes it. Hey….stop laughing. I’ve been making this same prediction since 1976 and I am right 5% of the time.

    Here are my HBT predictions for 2013:
    1.at some point, bozosforall will make an inane post.
    2. Even with a PhD, I will still need to google one word from every 5th O.G. post to figure out the meaning.
    3. In the improbable event that the Red Sox win the W.S., our resident Red Sox fan naysayer (you know who you are ) will complain that the Sox didn’t go 162-0 and sweep the post-season.
    4. Somebody will make an absurd political post and, in opposition, I will be agreeing with all the people who I normally disagree with on all things baseball (Historio, others)

    And finally, Tiffany will return. Things will get awkward when Kay refuses to leave. In a surprising move, HBT demotes Craig to covering Double-A baseball (I’m just bitter he picked the Sox to finish last).

  3. dirtydrew - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    I know 2 teams who won’t win it all, the Tigers and the Nationals. You guys agree, which means your all wrong. Guess y’all forgot who won 2 of the last 3.

  4. jyoung1891 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    As a Nationals fan, these predictions scare the crap out of me.

  5. hip2bdaniel - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Orioles last. Ya’ll are nuts. Even Craig (my favorite, and not because he has them higher) is nuts for having them behind the Yankees. I don’t see how 6 analysts look at the Orioles roster with all its depth and all their confidence, and look at the Yankees’ injuries and desperation, and they ALL say they Yankees are better. Crazytalk.

    • irishhockey84 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      I’m with you, but I’m not mad. Let everybody underestimate the O’s again this season, then they go out there and prove everyone wrong. Plus they did say they are always wrong, so it’s like opposite day here.

  6. spudchukar - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    So that it will officially be on the HardballTalk record.

    AL East: Toronto, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Boston, and New York.
    AL Central: Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland, Chicago, and Minnesota.
    AL West: LA, Texas, Oakland, Seattle, Houston
    AL WC: Tampa Bay, Kansas City
    AL WC Winner: Tampa Bay
    Divisional Playoff Winners: Toronto and Tampa Bay
    League Champions: Toronto

    NL East: Washington, Atlanta, Phildelphia, New York, and Miami
    NL Central: St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Chicago
    NL West: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Arizona, San Diego, Colorado

    NL WC: Cincinnati, Atlanta
    NL WC Winner, Cincinnati
    Divisional Playoff Winners: St. Louis, Washington
    League Champions: Washington

    WS Winner: Washington

  7. txnative61 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I’m definitely no expert—-but—–it would seem logical to me that some expert believe the team that won two of the last three World Series might just still have a team to repeat. I guess that would be my pick, but what the heck do I know?

  8. gds15 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Wait, Joe has the Cardinals winning a Wild Card spot AND the NL Central? That doesn’t seem fair.

  9. klownboy - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I’ve got the Giants repeating as World Series champs. They are arguably stronger than last year’s team. I would move Posey over to 1B soon after signing him to that BIG contract.

    http://theklowntimes.net/2013/03/31/point-counterpoint-2013-mlb-predictions/

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