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MLB season predictions

Posted on: March 31, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2010 4:31 pm

I filed my picks for the 2010 season:

NL East
Phillies ... NLCS
raves ... wild card

NL Central
Cardinals ... World Champs

NL West

NL Awards
MVP – Albert Pujols
Cy Young – Roy Halladay
Rookie – Stephen Strasburg
Manager – Bobby Cox
Comeback – Jose B. Reyes
HR Champ – Mark Reynolds
Surprise – Colby Rasmus

AL East
Red Sox ... Wild card, ALCS
Blue Jays

AL Central
Twins ... World Series loser
White Sox

AL West

AL Awards
MVP – Alex Rodriguez
Cy Young – Josh Beckett
Rookie – Brian Matusz
Manager – Ron Gardenhire
Comeback – Grady Sizemore
HR Champ – Alex Rodriguez
Surprise – Kevin Slowey

I really wanted to pick the D-Backs and Rangers higher, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2010 4:47 am

MLB season predictions

Your prediction is an history already viewed some years ago about the winners. Be aware about Cardinals, I think Dodgers has more upside. Why NYY can repeat a similar season as 2009? And Red Sox loses a great OF and take a 3b from garbage.

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2010 10:26 pm

MLB season predictions

NLcards,phillies,rockies wild-bravesALyanks,twins,mariners wild-rays

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2010 6:48 pm

MLB season predictions

With the start of the baseball season less than one week away (yes, a week , with vs. on Sunday Night Baseball), it means only thing: it is time to dust off the magic eight-balls, look into the future and predict where the 30 teams will end up at the end of the season.

(I should point out that I won a pool last season in which we made predictions about the 2009 season before its start, and so needless to say, when I use the word "prediction" I am really meaning "cerifiable locks and spoilers" for the 2010 season.

Let's start with the American League East:
1. Boston Red Sox
2. New York Yankees
3. Tampa Bay
4. Baltimore
5. Toronto

Yes, I know the Yankees are defending champs, and they had a great 2009 season. But I am not impressed with the moves that they made to stay atop the best division in baseball. has the Yankees, Sox, and Rays as the top three teams in baseball heading into Opening Day, and with those other teams, the Yankees needed to do better than Javier Vasquez and . Vasquez will disappoint again as he did during his first tour in New York (he's simply an N.L. pitcher) and Granderson has to fill the roles of three outfielders ( , , and - also with no returning). As for the rest of the team, well this year simply makes them one year older. The Sox will indeed have enough offense to back the best all around pitching staff in baseball. The Rays remain essentially the same, but will get more from and . The Orioles have good, but raw, young talent (this will be ' coming out party), enough to leapfrog the Blue Jays out of last place, who will be the designated whipping-boy of the mighty A.L. East.

A.L. Central
1. Minnesota
2. Chicago
3. Detriot
4. Cleveland
5. Kansas City

Traditionally a mediocre division, the Central is shapping up to be... well, mediocre, again . Last year, the Twins made a late run to win the division last season, and they have improved by adding players such as , and have enough to overcome the loss of closer . (This only means that the Twins will not have to wait to the last day of the season to win the division with only 85 wins.) The White Sox have gotten better, with a very strong rotation headed by Mark Buerhle and . But their success is not automatic, with Buerhle falling off after his perfect game, and Peavy struggling from injuries recently, and offensively, they will be forced to rely on busts ( ), aging veterans ( , ) and still developing youngsters (Gordon Beckam, ) to fill in around . Detriot remains a couple of starters away from the playoffs, while Cleveland and Kansas City will compete for "quickest A.L. team to 100 losses."

A.L. West
1. Seattle
2. Texas
3. Los Angeles of Anaheim
4. Oakland

Possibly the most interesting and exciting division in baseball in 2010. The Mariners stand as one of the most improved teams in all of baseball, adding , and . The Lee-Felix Hernandez 1-2 punch is one of the best in baseball. The Rangers also figure to be stronger, with ample pitching and an always impressive offense. But, perhaps most importantly for the Mariners and Rangers is what is absent from the Angels, long the dominant team in this division. They lost depth everywhere, but remain the same fundamental team of the small ball philosophy, which can always prove to be difficult to play against in September. They have a decent lineup, but no power outside of , and Matsui and Joel Piniero were not the solutions to the holes in the lineup and rotation left by Figgins and , and their bullpen also remains an issue. As for Oakland, not all is as bad as it seems. They have serious young pitching depth and a their first real base-stealer/leadoff hitter since Rickey Henderson in . They, like the Orioles, are definitely moving in the right direction, but luckily for the Athletics they play in sunny California in the now suddenly wide-open A.L. West, which could start to attract a free-agent bat or two.

A.L. Wild Card:
New York Yankees

Is there any chance that the Wild Card will come out of any division besides the A.L. East in the forseeable future? I really cannot envision a situation where that would come about. Although the Rangers and White Sox may be worthy of post-season play, there is no way that two teams from the Central or West will win more games than either the Sox, Yankees, or Rays. Whoever wins the East should do so with around 100 wins, where the second place team will likely have at least 95, and that is just too many games for anyone else to keep pace.

ALDS Matchups:
Red Sox vs. Twins     
Mariners vs. Yankees

These teams matchup well with each other, but it comes down to the Red Sox and Yankees having more talent in the bottom half of their roster. The Twins do not have the depth in the rotation to hang with Boston, and the Yankees overpowering style of offense will lead to another ALCS rivalry.

Result: Red Sox, Yankees, both in 4

ALCS Matchup

Red Sox vs. Yankees

The two best teams in the A.L. will feature two of the best rotations in baseball. The Yankees have the advantage on the offensive side, but the Red Sox have the pitching depth. The Yankees would likely have to use twice in the ALDS, while the Sox can afford to only use their starters once, which means that the Beckett/Lackey/Lester order is preserved for this series. The Sox bullpen is also stronger, as is their bench.

Result: Red Sox in 6

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 7:51 pm

MLB season predictions

AL East
YankeesRed Sox- Wild CardRaysO'sBlue Jays
AL Central
TwinsWhite SoxTigersIndiansRoyals
AL West
MVP- Joe MauerCy Young- Felix HernandezRookie- Brian MatuszManager- Don WakamatsuComeback- Grady SizemoreHR Champ- A-RodSurprise- Erik Bedard

NL East
NL Central

NL West

MVP- Albert PujolsCy Young- Roy HalladayRookie- Aroldis ChapmanManager- Bobby CoxComeback- Jose ReyesHR Champ- Albert PujolsSurprise- Matt Kemp

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 5:02 pm

MLB season predictions

Wild Card: Phillies
White Sox
Wild Card: Red Sox

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