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Hobart "Experts" Predict the 2014 MLB Season -- Andrew Ervin photo

On these frigid afternoons between the Ides of March and Opening Day, when the final roster spots are being claimed, it’s still possible to envision that November parade down Broad St. The Phillies have put the band back together one more time—Howard and Utley, Rollins and Chooch—and if they stay more or less healthy they can win it all. In a short, post-season series, I’d put the axis of Hamels-Lee-Burnett up against any starters out there. And that’s the entire point of baseball, right?, to negotiate the chalk-thin line between hope and delusion. I’m picking the Phillies again to win it all, because I have to, because I believe.


NL East
Washington Nationals
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins
New York Mets

NL Central
St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs

NL West
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies


NL Wild Card game
Phillies beat Giants

Phillies beat Cardinals
Dodgers beat Nationals

Phillies beat Dodgers


AL East
Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

AL West
Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Angels
Houston Astros


AL Wild Card game
Royals beat the Red Sox

Tigers beat Royals
Rangers beat Rays

Rangers beat Tigers


World Series
Phillies beat Rangers in a rematch of the season-opening series.