Tag:MLB Predictions
Posted on: April 23, 2008 1:18 am
Edited on: April 23, 2008 3:37 pm
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MLB Predictions: Three Weeks Later

Here is what I hit (or missed) in my pre-season predictions:

I doubted the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a Diamondbacks fan, what I saw last year from the offense did not translate into success this year. Boy was I wrong. The D-Backs are second in the majors to the Cubs in runs scored. I knew their pitching was great, and I never questioned the Jose Valverde trade. The young players have really developed, which is a present surprise. Conor Jackson, my NL Comeback Player of the Year at the start of the season, is off to a very fast start. Brandon Webb and Dan Haren are a combined 8-0 so far.

I had the Dodgers in the World Series. The offense has been bad, especially with Russell Martin and Andruw Jones struggling badly, although both have been good over the past week. I thought the offense would be a lot better, but I guess not, Rafael Furcal has been very good though. Takashi Saito hasn't had many save opportunites so far, and that's because the Dodgers aren't winning many games.

The Tigers and Indians, my top 2 finishers in the AL Central, are 5th and 4th in the division respectively. I know it is only 3 weeks, but the bullpen problems that both teams have are severe. Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya are out for an extended period of time, and Todd Jones is decent, but not your typical shut down closer. Cleveland has closer Joe Borowski on the DL, whcih could be a good thing. The struggles of Grady Sizemore also hurt them. I don't expect this to last, but both teams struggling early is worth noticing.

Ryan Howard, my NL MVP, is off to a horrendous start. He currently has a .190 average, and only 4 home runs- less home runs than Eric Hinske. Howard also has twice as many strikeouts (30) as hits (15). At this pace, Howard will strike out 231 times, which will shatter the record of 199 that he set last season. Howard will probably get his average up and hit more homers, but I do see this strikeout pace continuing.
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 12, 2008 10:02 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 4:03 am
 

MLB Predictions (continued)

I never posted who I think will be in the top 5 for each award. Here are my honest predictions from the beginning of the year:

AL MVP:

1. Manny Ramirez
2. Miguel Cabrera
3. Grady Sizemore
4. Alex Rodriguez
5. Ichiro Suzuki

NL MVP:


1. Ryan Howard
2. Matt Holliday
3. Derrek Lee
4. Chase Utley
5. David Wright

AL Cy Young:

1. C.C. Sabathia
2. Erik Bedard
3. Justin Verlander
4. Josh Beckett
5. Chien-Ming Wang

NL Cy Young:

1. Brandon Webb
2. Johan Santana
3. Cole Hamels
4. Tim Hudson
5. Ben Sheets

AL Reliever:

1. Joe Nathan
2. Jonathan Papelbon
3. Joba Chamberlain
4. J.J. Putz
5. Mariano Rivera

NL Reliever:

1. Rafael Soriano
2. Takashi Saito
3. Billy Wagner
4. Francisco Cordero
5. Brad Lidge

AL Comeback:

1. Hank Blalock
2. Vernon Wells
3. Jake Westbrook
4. Rich Harden
5. Julio Lugo

NL Comeback:

1. Conor Jackson
2. Pat Burrell
3. Kerry Wood
4. Brad Lidge
5. Bill Hall

AL Rookie:


1. Evan Longoria
2. Jacoby Ellsbury
3. Joba Chamberlain
4. Clay Buchholz
5. Kazuo Fukumori

NL Rookie:

1. Joey Votto
2. Jay Bruce
3. Kosuke Fukudome
4. Colby Rasmus
5. Cameron Maybin
Category: MLB
Posted on: March 26, 2008 1:57 am
Edited on: March 26, 2008 7:50 pm
 

MLB Preseason Predictions

Here are my predictions for the 2008 MLB season.

AL East

1. Red Sox
2. Yankees
3, Blue Jays
4. Rays
5. Orioles

AL Central

1. Tigers
2. Indians
3. Twins
4. White Sox
5. Royals

AL West


1. Mariners
2. Angels
3. Athletics
4. Rangers

AL Overall


1. Red Sox
2. Tigers
3. Mariners
4. Indians*
5. Yankees
6. Angels
7. Blue Jays
8. Twins
9. White Sox
10. Athletics
11. Rangers
12. Royals
13. Rays
14. Orioles

NL East

1. Phillies
2. Mets
3. Braves
4. Nationals
5. Marlins

NL Central

1. Cubs
2. Brewers
3. Astros
4. Cardinals
5. Reds
6. Pirates

NL West

1. Dodgers
2. Rockies
3. Diamondbacks
4. Padres
5. Giants

NL Overall

1. Phillies
2. Cubs
3. Dodgers
4. Rockies*
5. Mets
6. Diamondbacks
7. Braves
8. Brewers
9. Padres
10. Astros
11. Cardinals
12. Nationals
13. Reds
14. Giants
15. Pirates
16. Marlins

*wild card winner

ALDS

(1) Red Sox def. (4) Indians 3-2
(2) Tigers def. (3) Mariners 3-1

NLDS

(1) Phillies def. (4) Rockies 3-2
(3) Dodgers def. (2) Cubs 3-1

ALCS

(1) Red Sox def. (2) Tigers 4-2

NLCS

(3) Dodgers def. (1) Phillies 4-3

World Series

(1) Red Sox def. (3) Dodgers 4-1

Awards:

AL MVP: Manny Ramirez
NL MVP: Ryan Howard
AL Cy Young: C.C. Sabathia
NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb
AL Reliever: Joe Nathan
NL Reliever: Rafael Soriano
AL Manager: John McLaren (Mariners)
NL Manager: Joe Torre (Dodgers)
AL Comeback Player: Hank Blalock
NL Comeback Player: Conor Jackson
AL Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria
NL Rookie of the Year: Joey Votto
Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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