The 2013 season has already had some surprises. Many teams have been affected by the injury virus, and some have done well despite it. There are some teams that are not producing as expected. There are teams that are surpassing themselves.
With that said, here are my updated predictions for the playoffs:
In the American League, now I have the Red Sox winning the East and having the best record in the American League, the Athletics winning the West with the second best record, and I still have the Detroit Tigers winning the Central. The wild card teams will be the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles.
In the National League, the Washington Nationals will continue to win the East, but not with the best record in the National League, the Cincinnati Reds will come back and win the Central with the best record in the league, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will win. West. Both Wild Card teams will come out of Central: the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the wild card round, I have the Baltimore Orioles defeating the Texas Rangers in the AL and the Pittsburgh Pirates getting the best of the St. Louis Cardinals in the opening tiebreaker round.
Next is the Divisional Series. In the American League, the Boston Red Sox will lead the series against the Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2, and the Oakland Athletics will beat the Detroit Tigers 3 games to 2. In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates will beat the Cincinnati Reds 3 games to 2 and the Washington Nationals will sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3 games to 0.
Both league championship series will come down to game 7, with the visiting team at the top. The Washington Nationals will fall to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland Athletics will overtake the Boston Red Sox in last place.
The World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland Athletics will be considered one of the most exciting. Neither team will have more than one game ahead of the entire series, and Game 7 will be an additional round-trip inning game.