Red Sox have the feel of World Series favorites

Before I get into my Major League Baseball postseason predictions, it’s time for one last plug of our Twins preview coverage.

Coming in Friday’s sports section, we’ll have a preview story and column, along with a graphic for the team’s schedule, player capsules for the entire 25-man roster, last year’s stats, predictions by myself, Tom Mix and Andrew Gottenborg and a lot more. Check it out.

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez and the Boston Red Sox look poised for a World Series run. Associated Press

I was on “Dizzo’s Den” with Dom Izzo tonight on 970-AM WDAY and was asked my prediction for the World Series this year. Last year I had the Yankees over the Cardinals, and that didn’t work out so well for me.

This time around, I find it hard not to like the chances of the Boston Red Sox. They got it all. Deep lineup. Deep rotation. Deep bullpen. Championship experience. What’s not to like here, other than the fact that they’re in baseball’s toughest division, which looks as tough as it ever has looked?

Picking the team to win the National League is much tougher. I like the Phillies. I like the Giants. And I think I like the Atlanta Braves, too.

I’ve finished my division-by-division breakdowns. Here’s my postseason picks:

ALDS: Boston over Chicago; New York over Texas
NLDS: Philadelphia over St. Louis; San Francisco over Atlanta
ALCS: Boston over New York
NLCS: Philadelphia over San Francisco
World Series: Boston over Philadelphia in six games

Here’s a few other predictions for the season:

  • As I said on “Dizzo’s Den” tonight, this is the year Alex Gordon lives up to the hype from a few years ago. On a bad Royals team, he could be the All-Star, though Joakim Soria might have something to say about that.
  • I once was a Delmon Young hater, but I see the light. He’s hitting this spring, and everything being hit is being hit HARD. He will be as good as he was last year, maybe better.
  • Alexi Casilla won’t be the everyday shortstop by July 1 for the Twins. If Trevor Plouffe gets turned around in the minors after a rough spring training, he could be next in line.
  • Kevin Slowey will thrive in the bullpen. You know I had to do it!

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