NL East Division Winner: Philadelphia Phillies NL Central Division Winner: Houston Astros
NL West Division Winner: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card Winner: Atlanta Braves
NLCS Participants: Phillies vs. Giants
NL Pennant Winner: Phillies
AL East Division Winner: Boston Red Sox
AL Central Division Winner: Minnesota Twins
AL West Division Winner: Oakland Athletics
AL Wild Card Winner: New York Yankees
ALCS Participants: Red Sox vs. Athletics
AL Pennant Winner: Red Sox
World Series Winner: Phillies
Number of Games: Seven
OK, so being a lifetime Astros fan makes me not only an eternal optimist, but also not very honest when it comes to picking at least one of these division winners. Seriously though, I think they will suprise this year and be in the race till the end.
__________________ "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." -- Bing Crosby
But the Phillies are going to need a serious turn on their luck if this season is to work out. The Utley situation will tell the story. They might have maybe had a chance with Werth gone and Brown doing a fine imitation but Brown is hurt until at least may and he's really young and unknown. Howard is not the threat he once was and unless they find some serious offense (like from Rollins) they are going to lose a lot of low scoring games. I'm willing to bet they end up trading one of those pitchers for a bat.