Here are my playoff predictions for 2007. I used many bits of information that I’ve synthesized over the course of the offseason to formulate my person inkling of what will happen in MLB this year.
AL East: Boston Red Sox
The Yankees are not bad, but I just think Boston has the best team in the division.
AL Central: Cleveland Indians, Wild Card: Detroit Tigers
There is a reason Mark Shapiro was given an extension. This team is ready to win now. I like the Tigers too.
AL West: Oakland Athletics
The A’s were not an easy pick, but I’m not that high on the Angels or Rangers either. So, I’ll go with the organization that has an economist in its front office.
NL East: Phillies, Wild Card: Florida Marlins
The Phillies should have made the playoffs last year. I think Gillick gave up too early on a team that was PrOPS-unlucky early in the season. I like this team on both sides of the ball. Losing time from Josh Johnson hurts the Marlins, but the Marlins are now the NL East team that reloads instead of rebuilds. Never doubt Larry Beinfest. While I won’t be surprised if the Mets earn a playoff spot, their lack of starting pitching is worrisome. My Braves aren’t awful and should be competitive, but I don’t like the pitching situation in Atlanta either.
NL Central: Houston Astros
This is a tough division to pick. Roger Clemens seems less likely to return than in previous years, but it’s still a possibility. Even without him, the Astros will be competitive, so I’ll give them the edge over rest of the division.
NL West: Arizona
I like what Josh Byrnes is doing with this team. I’ve yet to disagree with a move that he has made, so maybe that’s coloring my thinking. I also think the Padres will be good. I’m not as high on the Dodgers as some are.