TTFB staff weighs in with 2014 MLB predictions


2014 MLB predictions
TTFB writers give a slight edge to the Rays in 2014.
2014 MLB predictions
TTFB writers give a slight edge to the Rays in 2014.

The results are in. After peering deeply into their crystal balls, TTFB writers have finalized their 2014 MLB predictions. As the chart below indicates, there wasn’t much consensus on which team would hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy at the end of the season. However, there was plenty of consensus regarding a few of the divisional title winners.

Of the 27 writers who submitted picks, 23 selected the Cardinals to win the NL Central, 22 picked the Tigers in the AL Central and the Nationals in the NL East, and 20 chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. The Red Sox got 13 votes and the Yankees seven in the AL East and the A’s edged the Angels 11-10 in the AL West.

Surprisingly, the Rays only received five votes to win the AL East, but were selected by 13 writers to play in the AL Wild Card Game. Despite not getting a lot of support to win their division, the Rays tied the Tigers with eight votes each to represent the AL in the World Series. The defending champion Red Sox only received four votes to repeat as AL champs, with the Yankees and A’s getting three votes each, and the Royals getting one.

The Dodgers received the most votes to represent the NL in the World Series with nine, just edging the Nationals with eight votes. The Cardinals received five, followed by the Giants and Braves with two each, and the Pirates with one.

But when it came down to who would win the World Series, the Rays edged the Cardinals with five votes to four, respectively. TTFB writers picked nine different teams to win the World Series and 14 different matchups in the Fall Classic.

World Series Winner

5 — Rays
4 — Cardinals
3 — Dodgers
3 — Nationals
3 — Red Sox
3 — Tigers
3 — Athletics
2 — Yankees
1 — Braves

Here are the 2014 MLB preseason picks by writer:

 EastWestCentralWild CardWild CardChampsWorld Series
Jon Sumple
ALYankeesAthleticsTigersRed SoxRaysAthletics
Athletics
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesBravesDodgers
Jed Rigney
ALRed SoxAngelsTigersRaysAthleticsRays
Dodgers
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsBravesD-backsDodgers
Martin Marrufo
ALRed SoxAngelsTigersYankeesAthleticsRed Sox
Red Sox
NLNationalsDodgersPiratesCardinalsBravesDodgers
Rob Harris
ALYankeesRangersTigersRoyalsRed SoxTigers
Cardinals
NLNationalsGiantsCardinalsRedsPiratesCardinals
Tyler Maher
ALRaysRangersTigersRed SoxRoyalsRays
Dodgers
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsBravesRedsDodgers
Jake Mastroianni
ALRaysAngelsRoyalsTigersOriolesRays
Rays
NLNationalsGiantsRedsDodgersCardinalsGiants
Russell Whiting
ALRed SoxAngelsTigersRaysRoyalsTigers
Nationals
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsRedsD-backsNationals
J.D. Salyer
ALOriolesAngelsTigersRed SoxRoyalsTigers
Tigers
NLNationalsDodgersRedsPiratesCardinalsNationals
Mike Viso
ALRed SoxRangersTigersRaysRoyalsTigers
Tigers
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsRedsBravesCardinals
Jessica Lyons
ALRed SoxAthleticsTigersRaysOriolesRed Sox
Red Sox
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesBravesDodgers
Mark C. Volain
ALRed SoxAthleticsTigersYankeesRoyalsTigers
Tigers
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesBravesNationals
Mike Lovett
ALRed SoxAthleticsTigersRaysRoyalsRed Sox
Cardinals
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsRedsPiratesCardinals
Brad Congelio
ALRed SoxAngelsTigersYankeesRoyalsRed Sox
Red Sox
NLBravesDodgersRedsPiratesCardinalsPirates
Brian Roach
ALRed SoxAngelsTigersRaysRoyalsRoyals
Nationals
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsRedsRockiesNationals
Jamie Shoemaker
ALYankeesAngelsTigersRangersAthleticsTigers
Braves
NLBravesGiantsCardinalsNationalsDodgersBraves
Brandon C. Williams
ALRed SoxAthleticsRoyalsRaysOriolesRays
Rays
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsRedsPadresNationals
Matt Commins
ALRaysAthleticsRoyalsAngelsRed SoxAthletics
Athletics
NLBravesPadresCardinalsPiratesNationalsNationals
Jackie Micucci
ALYankeesAthleticsTigersRed SoxRaysYankees
Nationals
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesD-backsNationals
Josh Michael
ALOriolesAngelsRoyalsRed SoxRaysRays
Rays
NLBravesDodgersCardinalsPiratesPadresDodgers
David Weightman
ALRed SoxRangersTigersRaysAthleticsTigers
Dodgers
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesBravesDodgers
Zach Herman
ALRaysAthleticsTigersYankeesRoyalsRays
Rays
NLNationalsGiantsCardinalsDodgersPadresGiants
Steve Randel
ALYankeesAngelsTigersRed SoxAthleticsYankees
Yankees
NLNationalsGiantsCardinalsDodgersPiratesNationals
Paul West
ALYankeesAthleticsTigersRangersOriolesAthletics
Athletics
NLNationalsGiantsCardinalsBrewersMetsCardinals
Michael Dault
ALRed SoxAngelsTigersRangersRaysTigers
Tigers
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesBravesDodgers
Eric Aron
ALRed SoxAthleticsRoyalsTigersRaysRays
Cardinals
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsRedsBravesCardinals
Rachel Drummond
ALRaysRangersTigersRed SoxOriolesRays
Rays
NLBravesDodgersCardinalsPiratesNationalsBraves
Chol Souders
ALYankeesRangersTigersAthleticsRaysYankees
Yankees
NLNationalsDodgersCardinalsPiratesPhilliesDodgers

 

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