Time to belly up to the bar - (These are John's Predictions); I hate analysts who won't put their forecasts in writing, or do so with asterisks (like a few local radio talk show weasel hosts we know!). Here goes:
AL West: gotta go with Oakland - pitching wins, even without Foulke, in a weak division.
AL Central: KC - Tony Perez will find a way to win (a hunch).
AL East: Boston - despite an ineffective and struggling season from Pedro, Schilling and Arroyo step up.
AL Wild Card: Yankees - Vasquez wins 19 or 20 finally playing for a good team.
NL West: Arizona - Brenly finds a way, Randy still a horse when it counts.
NL Central: Cubs - Prior comes back, Bartman stays home.
NL East: Phils - even with Bowa
, Millwood has a strong year.
NL Wild Card: Houston
NLCS: Cubs vs. Phils; Phils beat Cubs in seven - It was Dusty's fault last year, not Bartman's, and he'll fail again in the clutch.
ALCS: Boston vs. Oakland: Boston in six - Sox have too much all around for the A's.
WS: Red Sox vs. Phils: powerful Sox down gritty Phils in great seven game Series; lack of strong Pedro compensated by horse Schilling and stellar performances from Arroyo, Wakefield, Varitek.
Having won it all, Theo makes little effort to re-sign the Big Four in a weakened player salary market, but signs Varitek and Lowe.