Predictions for 2010 MLB season

Updated: March 29, 2010, 8:36 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Three of the four best teams in baseball today appear to be in the American League East, and all spring I asked talent evaluators, executives, scouts and players to do my job for me and pick the two playoff teams from the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.

In other words, I was procrastinating. But then, on Thursday, someone from ESPN.com walked up, handed me a sheet and said in so many words, We need your picks from you. Right now.

I filled out the sheet with some conviction and a strong realization that I will inevitably look stupid. In other words, I wish I could've put it off another week to gather more information, because part of making predictions is trying to guess who might be more at risk to be hampered by injury and who is best able to make a necessary midseason trade.

This is what I wrote down:

NL East

1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Atlanta Braves (wild card)
3. Florida Marlins
4. New York Mets
5. Washington Nationals

Thoughts: The Braves look tremendous this spring. Jason Heyward looks great; Tim Hudson looks great. "The two best teams I saw this spring -- the two teams that looked the most crisp -- were the Braves and Rays," one evaluator said. And, as we all know, the Phillies are a great team.