The 2014 MLB Season is in full swing as teams approach the end of April. In the first 15-20 games of this season we have seen a great assortment of good teams as twenty six teams have at least eight wins to start the season. This should build for some exciting baseball over the course of the final five months of the season.
In the American League we have no real clear cut favorite as the Oakland A’s have the early lead with an 13-5 record. The A’s will have a tough task repeating in the West as the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners all should challenge for the division. Over in the AL Central we have a four way tie with nine wins with the Detroit Tigers as the favorite. The Tigers made a big move this off-season when they traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler and Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals. Finally, in the American League East it could come down to five teams for the division as all five teams have at least nine wins. The Baltimore Orioles are the team to watch as their hitting has yet to live up to the their potential.
Over in the National League the Los Angeles Dodgers are the early favorite to play in the World Series. The Dodgers have jumped out to a 12-7 without their ace Clayton Kershaw available. The Dodgers could have some competition for the division if the San Francisco Giants starting rotation pitches well and the Colorado Rockies stay healthy. In the Central Division the Milwaukee Brewers look very strong early as Ryan Braun has gotten himself and the team off to a hot start. The NL East is the final division in baseball as the Atlanta Braves sit atop the division. The Braves will need to watch as the Washington Nationals along with the rest of the division playing well early to start the season.
In the end, we have the Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers as division winners with the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays as wild card teams. Over the in the National League the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants all win their respective divisions while the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers locking up the final wild card spots.