Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
Baseball fans, the day you’ve been waiting for is coming.
That’s right, ladies and gents. Opening Day is on Sunday with new AL West rivals Houston and Texas squaring off at Minute Maid Park. The first game for most teams is on Monday.
The Brewers will start the season in the friendly confines of Miller Park against the Colorado Rockies. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to be the Brewer’s Opening Day starter. He will be facing the Rockies’ 4th-year righthander Jhoulys Chacin.
At the start of any sports season, there are many predictions of how the teams will finish. So, without further ado, let me present my predictions for the 2013 MLB regular season.
The NL East has seen a shift over the last few years. What was once the Braves’ division has been ruled by Washington for the last couple years.
Washington (Best Record)
The NL Central: This division has four teams that can beat each other up over the course of a season. The pitching staff is what wins this division.
St. Louis (2nd Best Record)
MLB champion San Francisco came out of the NL West last season, and there’s no reason to count them out for this year’s championship as well
San Francisco (3rd Best Record)
Los Angeles (WC)
Time for the AL. In the AL East, there always seems to be a different team that emerges as the favorite every year. This time it’s the Blue Jays. I just don’t see it, so I’m sticking to my guns on this one.
Baltimore (3rd Best Record)
Tampa Bay (WC)
AL Central: As I hinted in one of my previous posts, this would be the division to watch because almost every team came out on fire in spring training. This division seems to produce a different champion every couple years. There are no dominant teams here.
Detroit (2nd Best Record)
Finally, the AL West. The big storyline in this division is how the Astros will perform against teams like the Angels and Rangers all year. My guess is about the same as against the Cardinals, Reds, and Brewers.
Los Angeles (Best Record)
Here’s just something a little extra to get everyone loose and ready. You can’t go through a baseball game anymore without hearing this at least once.
World of Sports
The big game tonight will be the Heat taking on Chicago to potentially push their winning streak to 28. If they win tonight, they still have a rough road ahead in the next few games, which include games against the Spurs and the Knicks in the next week. If they’re going to lose one, this could be the stretch where they do.
Assistant Sports Director