My baseball predictions for 2013
A wild offseason portends a wild 2013 season, right? Here's a look ahead to 10 things we'll see within the baseball world over the next 12 months.
None of those teams, you'll note, is the 2012 World Series champions. It will make for a fascinating season in which all those teams can lay claim to the title, and a half-dozen others are bucking for inclusion in the group.
Grandal will miss 50 games to start the season (testosterone), but the rest of the team returns and could be bolstered by rookie raker Jedd Gyorko and a step forward by centerfielder Cameron Maybin. The real question is the pitching, which could rise or fall on the health of Andrew Cashner and Cory Luebke. There's no parallel for the Padres in the AL -- only the Mariners, if all their young pitching arrives quickly, are a potential surprise, and even that is a longshot in the deadly AL West.