Baseball might be the toughest sport to predict before the season starts due to factors such as: 1) unknown prospects that arrive mid-season, 2) the long schedule for the season, and 3) injuries that keep star players sidelined for weeks. However, these factors do not preclude us from making our bets on the five teams who may have the best chance to win it all.

 

 

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals. Photo: Greg M. Cooper USA TODAY Sports

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals. Photo: Greg M. Cooper USA TODAY Sports

At the number five spot is the St. Louis Cardinals. Although they will miss the services of veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran, St. Louis has enough depth and tremendous pitching to make up for that departure. Look for another strong season from the Red Birds.

 

 

 

 

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals. Photo: Joe Camporeale USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals. Photo: Joe Camporeale USA TODAY Sports

Next on the list is the Washington Nationals. Led by two studs, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasberg, the Nats are really looking to make some noise this year. If this dynamic duo can stay off the disabled list and receive some help from other young players, they have a shot at a title.

 

 

 

 

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox. Photo: Howard Simmons

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox. Photo: Howard Simmons

Third place goes to the defending world champion, the Boston Red Sox. The Sox maintained their core line-up from last season and also added veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. A team full of cagey vets is always a safe bet for a deep playoff run.

 

 

 

 

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Justin Verlander, Detroit TIgers. Photo: Forbes.com

Sitting in second place is the Detroit Tigers. Having an ace like Justin Verlander on the mound always gives you a chance; throw in maybe the best hitter in the league in Miguel Cabrera with the addition of Ian Kinsler and the tigers look like a trendy pick to come out of the AL this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo: Richard Mackson USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo: Richard Mackson USA TODAY Sports

Our favorite to win the World Series this year are the boys in blue, the Los Angeles Dodgers. After signing Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to a contract of epic proportions, the Dodgers have positioned themselves as contenders for this year as well as years to come. I believe that Yasiel Puig can continue to grow and progress as a player which means trouble for all those who have to pitch against this star studded line up.

 

 

So, what are your thoughts?  Feel free to share your insights via the comment section, or tweet me @procsss.