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.


Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper

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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 1
Pittsburgh 1 Delayed
Cincinnati 3
Miami 1 Top 6th Inning
NY Mets 4
Washington 3 Bottom 5th Inning
Philadelphia 0
Toronto 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Tampa Bay 1
St. Louis 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Milwaukee 2
Boston 2 Top 3rd Inning
Houston 0
Detroit 2 Bottom 3rd Inning
Kansas City 0
Atlanta 3 Top 3rd Inning
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Texas - S. Baker
Arizona - V. Nuno 3:05 PM
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner
San Diego - T. Ross 3:10 PM
Los Angeles - H. Ryu
Minnesota - P. Hughes 3:10 PM
Colorado - B. Anderson
Oakland - S. Gray 3:10 PM
Seattle - C. Young
NY Yankees - C. Whitley 7:05 PM
Baltimore - K. Gausman
Portland 9:00 PM
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Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 34 FINAL
Toronto 15
Brt Columbia 26 FINAL
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