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2010 Major League Predictions

March 29, 2010
By James Wheeler

One of the downsides of the Red Sox over the past few seasons is their spring trainings have become routine. This is a downside only in the sense that there isn't a lot to talk about. Sure I could have rehashed the fact that Matsuzaka is three weeks behind all of the other starters and will probably miss the first few weeks of the regular season. I could also have discussed Mike Lowell's transition to first base, which has gone smoothly and is in my opinion being done to increase his trade value once he finally gets healthy. In short spring training for the Red Sox has been boring and in my opinion that's a good thing.

Despite what Dan Shaughnessy or WEEI would have you believe, business-like is good, especially when the business is winning baseball games. As those of you who have read my first two posts already know that is exactly what i think this year's Red Sos team is built to do, win. There may not be as many late inning heroics as seasons past but this team will find itself in the postseason again for the fourth season in a row.

Now that everyone is clear on where I think the Red Sox will end up. I'd like to share the rest of my predictions for the 2010 Major League regular season. I know that I'm taking a risk making my picks public and I'm sure that I'll regret writing this post when October rolls around. However, there is also the chance that I might be 100% accurate in my assessment of how the regular season shakes out. That slim chance is enough for me, so without further introduction here is where I think the teams will end up at the end of the 2010 regular season.

NL East: Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals

NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants (Wild Card), Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres

AL East: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees (Wild Card), Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians

AL West: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics

It's a long season and a lot can happen between April 4th and October 3rd and I'd put money on many of these picks being wrong. Thankfully there are only seven days until the Red Sox home opener. while I'm not a fan of facing the Yankees this early in the season, I guess it's just the schedule's way of throwing us right into the thick of things.


  1. I really think the Marlins finish ahead of the Mets this year. Good read. Thanks

  2. Even though I've picked them to be fourth, I think the Marlins are a team whose final standings rely heavily on what the Braves and Mets do. If either of those teams stumble I could see the Marlins easily finishing second. If anything I gave the Mets too much credit in my predictions, hopefully they won't let me down.

  3. So your picks for the NL East are pretty terrible. The Mets are due for a good year and will likely win the division.