MLB Season Predictions 2014: Division Winners, Playoffs, and Awards

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Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Major League season is really, truly upon us. With a few games under our belts, all three involving the Los Angeles Dodgers, we are warmed up and ready to go.

Without further ado or introduction, let’s get to the predictions, with plenty of Rockies connections guaranteed.

National League Predictions

NL East

1. Washington Nationals Washington Nationals

2. Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves

3. Miami Marlins Miami Marlins

4. Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies

5. New York Mets New York Mets

NL Central

1. St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals

2. Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds

3. Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates

4. Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers

5. Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs

NL West

1. Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers

2. San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants

3. Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks

4. Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies

5. San Diego Padres San Diego Padres

As we round up MVP candidates for the 2014 season, Yadier Molina will be the member of the St. Louis Cardinals who receives most of the focus. Don’t be surprised if former Rockies great Matt Holliday rakes this season to the point that he is a top-10 MVP guy by the end of the season.

The NL East is probably going to be really lopsided, with the Nationals and the Braves just pounding away at the rest of the division. That said, I was tempted to put the Marlins second…seems crazy, but one year removed from another Jeff Loria incident, they are stacked with young talent, again, and they get to play a bunch of games against the Mets and Phillies too. In the end the Braves’ have too much, but Miami is interesting.

The Rockies are the hardest team to predict, and I’m not just saying that because this is a Rockies site. The Dodgers are clear favorites in the division, but you can honestly pick Colorado to finish 2nd or 5th and have reasonable support for your position. I have a strong, totally biased feeling that the Diamondbacks are going to stink. A .500 finish (again) is probably the more reasonable prediction, but last place isn’t out of the question for them.

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