ESPN Magazine just recently predicted the outcome of the 2010 MLB season with the help of Baseball Think Factory‘s cutting edge computer system ZiPS. After simulating the regular season and playoffs 100 times, the results favor the Boston Red Sox to claim the AL East Division en route to winning their third World Series in seven years. The ALCS features the Sox defeating the New York Yankees before taking down the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies in the Fall Classic.
Despite Boston listed as the heavy favorite, the system ranks the AL East as the most competitive division the league has to offer. Many believe the Tampa Bay Rays have the potential to pose a threat and make a solid run. With contracts expiring in 2011 between Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Pat Burrell, Rafael Soriano, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheel, the Rays must be motivated to produce this year with any chance of duplicating their 2008 campaign.
The Red Sox averaged out to attain a 97-65 record this season with the Yankees three wins back, eventually leading them to earn the Wild Card spot. The World Champions will surely be prepared to defend their title, but simulations prove Boston’s defense to be more valuable in the long run. With Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox undoubtedly showcase the best starting rotation in the MLB. Lackey along with third basemen Adrian Beltre will certainly prove valuable as new editions to the club. The Red Sox and Yankees are set to matchup April 4th at Fenway Park. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!