AL East: Boston. They've got the schedule from hell to have to play through in April, but if they can come out at the end of the month like Andy Dufresne crawled out of that sewer infested tunnel in Shawshank, they win the division by at least 5 games. Considering they play the Yankees this month, the sewer reference is more than appropriate.
AL Central: Detroit. I don't care that the Royals look like a bunch of All-Stars playing Italy against them right now. Any lineup that includes Sheff, Magglio, Cabrera, Polanco, Pudge, and Rent-a-Wreck should tighten the sphincter of every player in that division.
AL West: Anaheim. Like I said the other day, I'm not drinking the Mariner Kool-Aid. Vlad is the X factor; if he can stay relatively healthy(I don't think the guys been right since Montreal) they win.
Wild Card: Cleveland. They had Boston 3 games to 1, and if not for a polite Texas gentleman named Josh Beckett, they probably go to the World Series last year. And they return with virtually the same club. Sorry Yankee fan; this year you're the 2006 Red Sox. You'll take a few steps back going with the kids.
NL East: Philadelphia. Young, deep, and hungry. Oh yeah, and Ryan Howard.
NL Central: Cubbies. It's been long enough, and they've got the pitching to back up all those bats. Plus I'm about as tired of hearing about Billy goats and Bartman as I was about trading Babe Ruth. ENOUGH already.
NL West: Dodgers. And no, not because St. Joe is there; best Dodger team since Gibby limped his way around the bases after making The Eck look silly.
Wild Card: Colorado. They can Flat. Out. Mash. Plus the fact any team who can rattle off 21 straight wins is the real deal.
Boston beats Anaheim. Again.
Detroit over Cleveland.
Boston over Detroit.
Dodgers beat Philadelphia.
Cubbies over Colorado.
Cubbies over the Dodgers.
C'mon. The blog is called the Red Sox Dad.
Red Sox in 6.
Remember, I WILLINGLY agreed to 3 children who've turned my brain to oatmeal, so this is all just the muttering of a deranged lunatic. Please don't get the stat book out and try and prove me wrong. I'm ADMITTING I'll be wrong, more than likely.
Except the Sox WILL go back to back: I'm not letting go of that one.