I've watched a few Spring games and I think that we are close enough to the start of the season for me to climb out on the proverbial limb...Jeff's Picks for 2005:
AL East - Boston
AL Central - Minnesota
AL West - California (I refuse to call them LA or even Anaheim
Wild Card - New York
I think the Red Sox win last year will go a long way to boosting their confidence against the pinstripes allowing them to take their first AL East title in a while, but the Yanks will still skirt into the playoffs with the WC. My Twins will take the Central easy after a pre-All Star Break scare (like they do every year), but this time it'll be the Tigers - not Chicago or Cleveland who hang around. Seattle could give California
a run for their money, but the Angel's pitching will put them over the top.
NL East - Atlanta
NL Central - St. Louis
NL West - San Diego
Wild Card - Florida
Atlanta holds off the Fish, thanks to Smoltz renewed place in the rotation. Prior and Wood break down allowing the Red Birds to get past the lovable losers. And upstarts San Diego use their youth to slip past the aging Bond-less Giants and the self-destructive, imploding Dodgers.
ALCS - Boston vs. Minnesota
NLCS - Atlanta vs. St. Louis
World Series - Minnesota
over Atlanta (in 6 games)
Yeah, I know it's a total Homer pick, but I gotta show my true colros...