WHO IS ELITE?
Barry Laminack: Breaking down the MLB teams -- who are the real contenders?
It's Thursday, March 15 which means March Madness is officially underway and if you read my article from last week you know that I don't give a bleep, so let's talk some baseball!
I’ll do a division-by-division breakdown as we get close to opening day, and with a few key free agents still out on the open market, things could change a little between now and then.
For today's exercise, here are the categories we’ll be using to group teams:
Elite (90+ wins) - The best of the best. Any of these teams could end up in the World Series.
Good (80-89 wins) - These are the teams that should be in the wild card hunt all year.
Undecided (75-85 wins) - Teams that could end up being in the hunt for a wild card, but could also not reach 80 wins. These teams either have health or rotation questions (or both).
Close (65-75 wins) - Teams that are in the midst of a rebuild but could be good in the next couple of years.
Bad (<65 wins) - Teams that are starting a rebuild (or should be starting a rebuild) and are going to suck for the next 4-plus years.
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels
St. Louis Cardinals
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Tampa Bay Rays
San Diego Padres
Last year I made a pretty bold prediction in saying that the Rockies would make the playoffs (I had one guy tell me I didn’t know sh-- about baseball and should be kicked off the radio because of this prediction), so what’s my bold prediction for this year?
You’ll have to wait a week or two.