Before Spring Training Games started, I listed what I thought the final standings ion 2008 would be. That original list can be found here.
For the AL East, I have not changed my predictions:
For the AL Central, I used to have Minnesota in third, now I'm thinking more like the White Sox in third:
The AL West also has not changed, but with the recent injuries to the Angels pitching staff, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Mariners take an early lead and then lose it or see the Mariners right behind the Angels all year long.
No need to change the NL West either
Second and Third place for the NL Central took me a while to decide. I decided to stick with my original prediction of the Brew Crew coming in second and the Astros in third but this is another situation where it will be close all year. Down the stretch, I feel the Reds will do better than the Cards, so I flopped them from the original list.
The main division, the one that really matters, the NL East:
Besides the fact that I am really biased towards the Mets, they have the tools to be on top. The Braves rotation this year makes them scary, and good pitching beats good hitting, thus they are above Philly. Washington will not be in the cellar this year.
The Tigers got a shot at 1000 Runs
The Mets (pitching staff) will lead the league in strikeouts this year. Their pitching staff has been developing and with the addition of Santana and Maine getting older, the strikeouts will keep on coming this year.