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2014 Staff Predictions

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

DREW SILVA

 

National League champ: Washington Nationals

 

American League champ: Tampa Bay Rays

 

World Series champ: Washington Nationals

 

Three bold predictions for 2014

 

* Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg emerges as the best starting pitcher in baseball, besting Clayton Kershaw for the National League Cy Young.

 

* Eric Hosmer finally reaches his full potential, tallying 30 home runs, 100 RBI and a .900-plus OPS to help the Royals knock off the Tigers for the AL Central title.

 

* Kenley Jansen strikes out 125 batters and flirts with the single-season saves record as the Dodgers roll to their first 100-plus win season since 1974.

 

 

D.J. SHORT

 

National League champ: St. Louis Cardinals

 

American League champ: Detroit Tigers

 

World Series champ: Detroit Tigers

 

Three bold predictions for 2014

 

* Back healthy from offseason knee surgery, Bryce Harper surpasses 30 home runs for the first time en route to the NL MVP. The Nationals take back the NL East from the Braves.

 

* Rick Porcello finally puts it all together in his age-25 season, posting career-bests in ERA, strikeouts and wins while emerging as a top-20 starter in mixed fantasy leagues.

 

* Robinson Cano fails to reach 20 home runs or 80 RBI in his first season in Seattle.

 

 

RYAN BOYER

 

National League champ: St. Louis Cardinals

 

American League champ: Oakland A's

 

World Series champ: St. Louis Cardinals

 

Three bold predictions for 2014

 

* Bryce Harper stays healthy for a full season and becomes the youngest player ever to win National League MVP.

 

* The Reds demote Billy Hamilton to the minors in late May after the rookie speedster gets off to a woefully slow start at the plate.

 

* Cardinals starter Michael Wacha finishes in the top five in the National League Cy Young voting in his first full major league season.

 

 

MATTHEW POULIOT

 

National League champ: St. Louis Cardinals

 

American League champ: Texas Rangers

 

World Series champ: St. Louis Cardinals

 

Three bold predictions for 2014

 

* Despite being the worst defensive shortstop in baseball, Hanley Ramirez wins NL MVP honors after claiming the batting title and hitting 30 home runs.

 

* The Rays opt to keep David Price and win the AL East while the Red Sox fight injury problems all season long.

 

* Reds rookie Billy Hamilton becomes the first player in 26 years to steal 80 bases, even though his poor OBP turns him into a part-time player at midseason.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter.