Stretch-drive expert predictions
Now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed, let's see how our experts expect the pennant races to play out.
It's August and the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. That means we have roughly two months of regular season left, and contending rosters are (mostly) in fighting shape.
So now that we're chest-deep in the 2014 season, let's revisit our preseason predictions and permit ourselves some do-overs where the standings (and maybe recent trades) dictate. Here's how Jon Heyman, Mike Axisa, Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder see the balance of the 2014 season playing out in each of MLB's six divisions and then in the postseason. As always, there's still plenty of time to be wrong ...
|Stretch Drive Predictions: Division champions|
Now let's have a look at who we think will claim the four wild-card berths ...
|Stretch Drive Predictions: Wild card winners|
|AL wild card no. 1|
|AL wild card no. 2|
|NL wild card no. 1|
|NL wild card no. 2|
And finally the pennant and World Series winners ...
|Stretch Drive Predictions: World Series|
|AL pennant winner|
|NL pennant winner|
|World Series winner|
Note that Heyman is sticking to his guns and repeating his preseason predictions. He doesn't believe in changing them midseason. Bold.
Any objections? Of course there are ...
Ohtani is arguably the best hitter and pitcher in Japan
The O's need rotation help, and Cobb is available for hire
The Red Sox and Cardinals are expected to make trade offers next
The free agent first baseman may be a fit in St. Louis
The front office changes in Atlanta continue
The Marlins are more likely than you think on our list