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2007 MLB Predictions

Written by Dave Price
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Should the Mets' 6-1 opening day beatdown of St. Louis on the road serve as a sign of things to come in 2007? Absolutely!
There's no tougher thing to do than to get back to the World Series in consecutive seasons. Just ask the Red Birds. St. Louis made the trip in 2004 then found an early departure in 2005 before getting back to series last season. The Mets showed opening night that they are ready to pay back the Cards for sending them home in last year's NLCS. The Mets will also learn from last season. Playing in a weak division with a huge lead can make you very lethargic down the stretch when you need to be tuning things up for the playoffs. The Mets fell into that trap
last season and surely won't let it happen again. Three possible MVP candidates in Wright, Beltran, and Reyes and a pitching staff with just the right mix of experiencee and youth make the 2007 Mets the team to beat in the NL. The Mets are the odds on National League favorite to win the World Series at 15/2 odds and an excellent choice by futures bettors in my opinion.

Overall, as almost always is the case, the Yankees are the odds on favorites to win the 2007 World Series at 7/2 odds followed by division rival Boston at 6/1. I don't think we are on pace for another Subway series as we saw in 2000. Heading into the season, the Yankees rotation doesn't appear to have the necessary arms to hold up throughout the regular season and the playoffs. If Clemens puts on the pin stripes after the All-Star break, I could change my tune.

I hope you haven't forgotten about the Chicago White Sox. Yeah, these were the guys who won it all in 2005. You may have already forgotten if you aren't a Southside fan as Chicago didn't make the 2006 postseason despite winning 90 games. A scorching second half out of the Twins and a surprise season from the Tigers didn't give the then defending world champs a chance to defend. For the same reason that St. Louis won't get back to the series this year, the Sox didn't last year. Teams are never as hungry after winning a title which makes the target on their backs even easier for the opposition to hit. The White Sox will remember just how hard you have to work to even make the playoffs in 2007 and they will be carried by one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball. I'm not just talking starting rotation; I'm talking complete staff. With Contreras, Garland, Buehrle, and Vasquez in the starting five and Bobby Jenks, one of the best young closers in baseball, in the pen, the Sox are stacked with arms. If you got in on the Chicago White Sox at 10/1 odds to win the 2007 World Series, you should feel very good about your chances.

I love the National League because it is league which plays
different styles of baseball and is asked to use more strategy because of the absence of the DH. With that being said, it's a tough pill for me to swallow saying that the Chicago White Sox are my favorite to win the 2007 World Series. There are more top notch teams in the American League right now and the American League Central is a much stronger division than the National League East. I believe this is why it was so tough for those great Atlanta Braves teams to get the job done in the 90's. I believe playing tougher competition day in and day out will get the White Sox over the hump in October.

About the author:
Dave Price is a documented member of the Professional
Handicappers League. Read all of his articles at www.procappers.com/Dave_Price.htm

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