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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Los Angeles 2 Top 5th Inning
Pittsburgh 4
San Francisco 3 Top 5th Inning
Philadelphia 2
Texas 0 Bottom 6th Inning
NY Yankees 0
Boston 0 Top 6th Inning
Toronto 1
Miami 6 Top 5th Inning
Atlanta 2
San Diego 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Chicago Cubs 1
Cincinnati 0 Top 3rd Inning
Milwaukee 2
Cleveland 3 Bottom 2nd Inning
Minnesota 0
Kansas City 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
Chicago WSox 0
Tampa Bay 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
St. Louis 1
Washington 0 Top 1st Inning
Colorado 0
Detroit - R. Porcello 8:40 PM
Arizona - C. Anderson
Houston - B. Oberholtzer 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Baltimore - M. Gonzalez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
NY Mets - J. deGrom 9:10 PM
Seattle - E. Ramirez
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
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Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Tulsa 30 2nd Qtr 2:31
San Antonio 32
Atlanta 36 2nd Qtr 4:19
Minnesota 36
Indiana 16 2nd Qtr 3:03
Chicago 23
Phoenix 9:00 PM
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