Sunday MLB Insider: Year of the Nationals

Washington is primed for a World Series run. That is just one of the truths this crystal ball reveals.


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Josh Hamilton is with the Angels. The Upton brothers are with the Braves. The Marlins have sent their good players to Toronto. The Yankees aren’t spending money. The National League has taken over the Twins rotation.

Baseball is back, and there are new faces everywhere. Teams made various moves of various impacts in hopes of taking that next step in the playoffs, reaching the playoffs or, in the Twins’ case, returning to competitiveness.

With the first week of the regular season over, here is one scribe’s attempt to show off how great he is at predicting the future:

How the races will wind up

AL East champ: Toronto.

The Blue Jays made big moves during the offseason, accepting Florida’s latest roster purge while adding Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

AL Central champ: Detroit.

The Tigers upgraded from Delmon Young to Torii Hunter in the outfield, and Victor Martinez is healthy. They will add a closer before it’s over.

AL West champ: Texas.

Letting Hamilton walk will not hurt this team in the long run. Yu Darvish was fabulous in his first outing on Tuesday.

AL wild cards: Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.

NL East champ: Washington.

The Nationals might be the most complete team in the league. They have the arms. They have the sticks. They have Denard Span to bat leadoff.

NL Central champ: Cincinnati.

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Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 3
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Kansas City - WP: W. Davis 2 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: Z. Putnam 1
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 4 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: T. Walker 2
Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez 11 FINAL
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 5
Los Angeles 0 Top 4th Inning
Pittsburgh 5
San Francisco 0 Top 4th Inning
Philadelphia 0
Texas 1 Top 4th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Boston 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Toronto 3
Miami 1 Bottom 4th Inning
Atlanta 5
Tampa Bay 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
St. Louis 0
San Diego 1 Top 1st Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Houston - B. Peacock 9:05 PM
Oakland - J. Chavez
Baltimore - C. Tillman 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Chicago 9:30 PM
San Jose
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut 75 FINAL
Washington 89
New York 9:30 PM
Los Angeles





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