In Detail:Washington Nationals

This is my 30th and final post in my MLB in detail daily post series this April.The Nationals are positively the #1 team in the MLB with Stephen Strastsburg,Bryce Harper and Ryan and Jordan Zimmermann.The Nationals have a large chance at the world series despite division rival the Atlanta Braves.They also have an outside the division rival,the Dodgers.The Nats should still play extremely well despite a severe injury by Bryce Harper who won’t return until July after a smooth April.My prediction for the Nats is 1st place,101-61,the best overall.The Nationals are bound for a bounce back for an amazing season.

In Detail: Texas Rangers

This is my 29th post in my MLB in detail daily post series this April.Prince Fielder,Adrian Beltre and Sin-Soo Choo are the current hitting superstars in Texas but the rest of the lineup is elite as well.The pitching ace is Yu Darvish but he stinks vs the Athletics.Many think the Athletics will win the AL West but I think the Rangers have more power.My prediction for the Rangers is 1st place,99-63,2nd overall.The Rangers have world series qualities,but the Athletics will stay as a tough division rival and the Red Sox might get in the Rangers way of being conference champion.

In Detail:Los Angeles Dodgers

This is my 28th post in my MLB in detail daily post series this April.The Dodgers will have a good 2014 with a strong outfield and mound.They have Greinke,Kershaw and Beckett for pitchers and have Gonzalez,Crawford,Puig and Kemp left as the big hitters.Yasiel Puig came from Cuba on a long journey to round up on the Dodgers in June of 2013.How well well the Dodgers do? My picks are 1st place,97-65,3rd overall.The Dodgers are very powerful as the 2014 season begins for the MLB.

My SportsNation Updated MLB Week 5 Power Rankings

1.Rangers 15-10

2.Braves 17-7

3.Athletics 15-10

4.Giants 15-10

5.Yankees 15-10

6.Nationals 14-12

7.Dodgers 14-12

8.Cardinals 14-12

9.Red Sox 12-13

10.Tigers 12-9

11.Brewers 18-7

12.Mets 14-11

13.Rockies 14-12

14.Royals 12-12

15.Angels 11-13

16.Orioles 12-12

17.Phillies 13-12

18.Blue Jays 12-13

19.Reds 12-13

20.Indians 12-14

21.Rays 11-14

22.Twins 13-12

23.White Sox 12-12

24.Padres 12-14

25.Marlins 11-14

26.Pirates 10-15

27.Mariners 10-14

28.Cubs 8-16

29.D-backs 8-20

30.Astros 7-17

In Detail:Boston Red Sox

This is my 27th post in my MLB in detail daily post series this April. The Red Sox are defending world series champions,but can they repeat?Maybe.2014 should be a pretty well played season.They have a chance of winning the division again but how will they do against the Rangers and Tigers,the other AL division winners? They can defeat the Tigers but the Rangers will be a little tougher. All three of the teams will have at least 90 wins.My BoSox prediction is 1st place,94-68,4th overall.The Red Sox 2013 rebuild included Victorino,Drew,Gomes and Napoli.They don’t have Stephen Drew anymore so they’ll be counting on Victorino,Gomes and Napoli but you can also include Ortiz,Pedroia,Middlebrooks,Bradley Jr.,Bogaerts and Pierzynski.Basically their whole offense is doing well.Can they count on injured prone star Grady Sizemore? Possibly. The Sox pitchers Lester,Lackey,Buchholz,Peavy and Uehara can be counted on to do well too.The Red Sox still have a great team but have weaknesses,like Felix Doubront and injuries.

Sox & Bruins Win On Road,Bruins Make Next Round in Playoffs

Boston teams who played today were undefeated,which meant the BoSox and Bruins won today.Operation Domination In Detroit worked for the Bruins as they won all three road games and both my predictions(See NHL Playoff Picks and Boston Bruins:Domination in Detroit)were 100% correct.They will now go on to face the Montreal Canadiens in Round 2.The same Canadiens who swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. The Red Sox won as well as healthy as ever(See MLB Week 5 Power Rankings:The Boys Are Back).Their record is 12-13.The Blue Jays have a 11-13
record.The Red Sox passed Toronto in the standings by beating them twice!They’re almost as good as Baltimore and even the Yankees!If they keep this up they’ll be leading the AL East in no time!The Sox would not have won without Middlebrooks hitting a solo homer or without A.J. Pierzynski’s grand slam that made the difference in the game.Middlebrooks and Victorino not being healthy is why the Red Sox struggled early in the season.

In Detail:Detroit Tigers

This is my 26th post in my MLB in detail daily post series this April.The Tigers are still an elite team with Miguel Cabrera and all but losing Prince Fielder hurt their offense.On the other hand,elite Ian Kinsler joined the Tigers.They have an amazing rotation including Max Scherzer,Rick Porcello and Doug Fister.My prediction for the team?It’s. 1st place,93-69,5th overall.It looks like Tigers pitching could be #1 in the MLB but the Tigers offense needs a little work.