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Predictions

By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002

Marc Topkin, 40, covers the Devil Rays. He has covered baseball since 1987 and joined the Times in 1983.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Yankees; Central, Indians; West, Mariners.
  • WILD CARD: A's.
  • DIVISION SERIES: A's over Yankees; Mariners over Indians.
  • ALCS: Mariners over A's.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Braves; Central, Cardinals; West, Giants.
  • WILD CARD: Cubs.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Braves over Cubs; Cardinals over Giants
  • ALCS: Braves over Cardinals.

WORLD SERIES: Braves over Mariners.

Kevin Kelly, 27, began covering the Devil Rays and major league baseball in 2001. He joined the Times in 1999.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Yankees; Central, Twins; West, Mariners.
  • WILD CARD: A's.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Yankees over A's; Mariners over Twins.
  • ALCS: Yankees over Mariners.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Mets; Central, Cardinals; West, Diamondbacks.
  • WILD CARD: Braves.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Cardinals over Braves; Mets over Diamondbacks.
  • NLCS: Cardinals over Mets.

WORLD SERIES: Cardinals over Yankees.

Gary Shelton, 50, is a sports columnist who joined the Times in 1990.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Yankees; Central, White Sox; West, Mariners.
  • WILD CARD: Rangers.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Yankees over Rangers; Mariners over White Sox.
  • ALCS: Yankees over Mariners.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Braves; Central, Cardinals; West, Giants.
  • WILD CARD: Diamondbacks.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Cardinals over D'backs; Braves over Giants.
  • NLCS: Braves over Cardinals.

WORLD SERIES: Yankees over Braves.

John Romano, 39, covered the Rays and major league baseball from 1997-2001 and then began writing sports commentary. He joined the Times in 1985.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Yankees; Central, White Sox; West, Mariners.
  • WILD CARD: Rangers.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Rangers over White Sox; Mariners over Yankees.
  • ALCS: Mariners over Rangers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  • DIVISIONS: East, Braves; Central, Cubs; West, Diamondbacks.
  • WILD CARD: Mets.
  • DIVISION SERIES: Mets over D'backs; Braves over Cubs.
  • NLCS: Mets over Braves.

WORLD SERIES: Mets over Mariners.

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