SN’s baseball season preview: division forecasts and playoff projections

The regular season opener between the Red Sox and the Yankees is just two days away (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET), so what better time to look into the crystal ball? Sporting News’ 2010 forecast includes our awards predictions, division-by-division forecasts and playoff projections. Not only are we predicting a World Series rematch—with an identical result—but also we’re projecting that seven of last season’s eight playoff teams will return to the postseason.

Alex Rodriguez proved himself in the playoffs in 2009.
Alex Rodriguez proved himself in the playoffs in 2009.

SN’S 2010 FORECAST

AL East
1 New York Yankees
2 Boston Red Sox*
3 Tampa Bay Rays
4 Baltimore Orioles
5 Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central
1 Minnesota Twins
2 Chicago White Sox
3 Detroit Tigers
4 Kansas City Royals
5 Cleveland Indians

AL West
1 Los Angeles Angels
2 Seattle Mariners
3 Texas Rangers
4 Oakland A’s

Ryan Howard's offense will push the Phillies.
Ryan Howard’s offense will push the Phillies.

NL East
1 Philadelphia Phillies
2 Atlanta Braves
3 New York Mets
4 Florida Marlins
5 Washington Nationals

NL Central
1 St. Louis Cardinals
2 Chicago Cubs*
3 Milwaukee Brewers
4 Cincinnati Reds
5 Houston Astros
6 Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West
1 Colorado Rockies
2 Los Angeles Dodgers
3 San Francisco Giants
4 Arizona Diamondbacks
5 San Diego Padres
* wild card winners

PLAYOFFS
ALDS: Yankees over Twins
NLDS: Phillies over Cubs
ALDS: Red Sox over Angels
NLDS: Cardinals over Rockies

ALCS: Yankees over Red Sox
NLCS: Phillies over Cardinals

World Series: Yankees over Phillies

The regular season opener between the Red Sox and the Yankees is just two days away (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET), so what better time to look into the crystal ball? Sporting News’ 2010 forecast includes our awards predictions, division-by-division forecasts and playoff projections. Not only are we predicting a World Series rematch—with an identical result—but also we’re projecting that seven of last season’s eight playoff teams will return to the postseason.

Alex Rodriguez proved himself in the playoffs in 2009.
Alex Rodriguez proved himself in the playoffs in 2009.

SN’S 2010 FORECAST

AL East
1 New York Yankees
2 Boston Red Sox*
3 Tampa Bay Rays
4 Baltimore Orioles
5 Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central
1 Minnesota Twins
2 Chicago White Sox
3 Detroit Tigers
4 Kansas City Royals
5 Cleveland Indians

AL West
1 Los Angeles Angels
2 Seattle Mariners
3 Texas Rangers
4 Oakland A’s

Ryan Howard's offense will push the Phillies.
Ryan Howard’s offense will push the Phillies.

NL East
1 Philadelphia Phillies
2 Atlanta Braves
3 New York Mets
4 Florida Marlins
5 Washington Nationals

NL Central
1 St. Louis Cardinals
2 Chicago Cubs*
3 Milwaukee Brewers
4 Cincinnati Reds
5 Houston Astros
6 Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West
1 Colorado Rockies
2 Los Angeles Dodgers
3 San Francisco Giants
4 Arizona Diamondbacks
5 San Diego Padres
* wild card winners

PLAYOFFS
ALDS: Yankees over Twins
NLDS: Phillies over Cubs
ALDS: Red Sox over Angels
NLDS: Cardinals over Rockies

ALCS: Yankees over Red Sox
NLCS: Phillies over Cardinals

World Series: Yankees over Phillies

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