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OnBaseMachine
03-24-2008, 01:09 AM
Now that Gonelong has broke out his Reds predictions thread, it's time to predict division winners, the World Series winner, and ROY/Cy Young/MVP award winners.

AL East

Boston Red Sox - WS caliber team but Tigers are too much to handle.

New York Yankees - Wang regresses a bit and young pitching is not enough to get 'em in the postseason.

Toronto Blue Jays - good season but finisn 3rd again

Tampa Bay Rays - franchise record 75 wins

Baltimore Orioles - rebuilding mode, Roberts is dealt in June.

AL Central

Detroit Tigers - best record in baseball with 104 wins

Cleveland Indians - wildcard winner with 96 wins

Chicago White Sox - Fields breaks out with 30 homers

Minnesota Twins - loss of Santana leaves ton of question marks in pen, though Liriano bounces back with big season.

Kansas City Royals - good looking you bats in Butler/Gordon but pitching is awful.

AL West

Los Angeles Angels - Jered Weaver finishes top 5 in Cy Young voting.

Seattle Mariners - Bedard/Hernandez form great 1-2 due but no enough to top Angels

Oakland A's - rebuilding continues as Blanton is traded in July

Texas Rangers - nice offense but pitching remains awful.

ALDS:

Detroit Tigers over LAA Angels
Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians

ALCS:

Detroit Tigers over Boston Red Sox

AL Cy Young - Justin Verlander
AL MVP - Miguel Cabrera
AL Rookie of the Year - Joba Chamberlain

NL East

New York Mets - addition of Johan makes the Mets team to beat in NL.

Philadelphia Phillies - not enough pitching behind Hamels and Myers to top Mets

Atlanta Braves - great offense but rotation is Smoltz and Hudson and three question marks.

Florida Marlins - good seasons from Maybin and Andrew Miller as Marlins build for the new stadium.

Washington Nationals - maybe the worst rotation in baseball

NL Central

Cincinnati Reds - yeah I'm an optimist but who isn't in March? Young guns struggle in first half but gel in second half leading Reds to 86 wins and a postseason trip for the first time since 1995.

Milwaukee Brewers - Fielder wins MVP but Brewers finish one game behind Reds.

Chicago Cubs - the curse reaches 100 years

St. Louis Cardinals - Pujols has an injured elbow, rotation is in shambles

Pittsburgh Pirates - like the new ownership, a couple good position prospects on the way up.

Houston Astros - awful rotation and the worst farm system.

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers - strong pitching staff puts them in postseason under Torre

Arizona Diamondbacks - love the rotation but the loss of Valverde in the pen plus a struggling offense costs them a postseason position.

San Diego Padres - Peavy finishes second to Santana in Cy Young voting.

Colorado Rockies - winning record but fail to reach playoffs.

San Francisco Giants - nice 1/2 punch in Cain and Lincecum but offense is worst in baseball.

NLDS:

New York Mets over Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers over Philadelphia Phillies

NLCS:

New York Mets over Los Angeles Dodgers

NL Cy Young - Johan Santana
NL MVP - Prince Fielder
NL Rookie of the Year - Johnny Cueto

World Series

Detroit Tigers over New York Mets in Game 7

Let's see yours.

WMR
03-24-2008, 02:20 AM
Did you mean Mets over Reds?

OnBaseMachine
03-24-2008, 02:23 AM
Did you mean Mets over Reds?

Yes. I'm an idiot. I originally had the the Reds winning the division and then switched to the Brewers and then back to the Reds and just forgot to change my playoff predictions.

Jpup
03-24-2008, 02:53 AM
AL East

1. New York Yankees - The best offense in baseball and a decent rotation. The energy this spring under Joe Girardi is that of past champions. Can ARod hit 73+? Watch out for young Robbie Cano and Phillip Hughes & Ian Kennedy are looking like they are the real deal.

2. Boston Red Sox - The Sox have some pitching questions and some players that are getting older, but they will be right there at the end. They also have the best front office in the game and could pull a couple starters out of their hat.

3. Toronto Blue Jays - Some people would suggest the Jays have the best pitching staff in the east, but can Scott Rolen hold up everyday at 3rd?

4. Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays should have their best season yet, but the AL East is too much for the young Rays.

5. Baltimore Orioles - Maybe the worst team in baseball.

AL Central

1. Detroit Tigers - Verlander, Willis, Ordonez, Sheffield, Cabrera, Guillen, Renteria, Granderson, Polanco. If they are healthy, they may be the best team in baseball.

2. Cleveland Indians - The Indians were one game from the World Series in '07, but I believe the rotation needs some help.

3. Minnesota Twins- Johan has moved east and the return was less than stellar. Matt Garza was sent to Tampa. Joe and Justin can't do it alone on offense in the Central this year. Liriano is back and, if healthy, could contend for a Cy Young.

4. Chicago White Sox - I like some of their pieces, but they don't have enough to complete the puzzle. Kenny Williams may be in trouble after '08.

5. Kansas City Royals - They are on the way up, but much like the White Sox, don't have enough players.

AL West

1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - The class of the AL West again and the addition of Torii Hunter will only help.

2. Seattle Mariners - A very good 1,2,3 punch in the rotation, but the Mariners are considering hitting Vidro 3rd. Needless to say, they have some questions to answer. Can Richie Sexson regain form or is he done?

3. Texas Rangers - A very good offense with Kinsler at the top, Young in the 2 hole, Josh Hamilton hitting 3rd, and Milton Bradley hitting 4th. If Bradley can stay healthy the lineup should be very good. Kevin Millwood is on his last legs, Vincente Padilla just isn't that good, especially in that park, and they pray for rain after that. Young Eric Hurley needs, at least, 1/2 a season in AAA then he will help.

4. Oakland A's - GM Billy Beane gave away Dan Haren, Joe Blanton is on the way out if Beane can find a taker, & Rich Harden hasn't been healthy for an entire season in a while. Huston Street anchors the pen. The offense is likely to be awful especially playing 81 games in the Coliseum. Chris Denorfia is not your savior.

NL Later....:sleep:

jmcclain19
03-24-2008, 02:58 AM
Here's my go at it

AL East
Red Sox - The New Yankees
Blue Jays - Pitching galore with just enough hitting
Yankees - Old old old team. Did I mention they are old?
Rays - Could topple the Yankees if their pitching holds up.
Orioles - Man this team has fallen a long way

AL Central
Indians - Stacked team from top to bottom
White Sox - Smart Rebuilding that will be complete when Crede goes away
Tigers - Not even close to as good as people think they are. 1000 runs? Riiiight
Royals - Young guns take another step forward
Twins - Santana was fun to watch, wasn't he?

AL West
Angels - Should cruise easily to win the West
Mariners - Two aces...and a team filled with crappy hitters. Only reason they are 2nd is by default.
As - Will catch lightning in a bottle in the 2nd half. Future is quite bright
Rangers - Will be nice in a few years but this team is a house of cards right now

NL East
Braves - Thought about this one the longest. Big Teix puts them over the edge.
Phillies - Pitching unease will do them in again. Lose to Colorado in 1 game playoff for the Wild Card slot
Mets - Johan is just one guy. Did everyone forget how god awful they were in Sept last year.
Nationals - Better than expected. Decent year in the new park with a promising future ahead.
Marlins - Post Girardi arm troubles continue. Not having Miggy will cripple the offense.

NL Central
Brewers - Potential for 2 aces and half a dozen impact bats. Will probably run away and hide in the central.
Cubs - Excellent pitching but just not enough of everything else.
Reds - Only 3rd because the rest of the division sucks something awful
Pirates - Young pitchers push this team higher than it's been in years
Astros - Will score tons of runs and not stop anyone else from scoring any. Wonder if the all time Fielding Percentage low might be broken by their IF defense?
Cardinals - Pujols mails it in after Memorial Day and gets his surgery, and this team becomes an expansion level offense. And their pitching...well...you can't shine up a turd.

NL West
Diamondbacks - Best Record in the NL and they got better without giving up any major league talent. Could be scary good
Rockies - Won't match 2007 but good enough for the WC
Padres - So close but just not enough juice to pass AZ or CO
Dodgers - Colletti trades away Kemp & Ethier for vets at the deadline to make one last push, then gets fired after the last day.
Giants - I have no earthly idea how this team will score runs. Worst team in baseball and it is not going to be close.

AL MVP
Vladdy Daddy - Best player on a team that cruises thru the season with 100+ wins
AL ROY
Evan Longoria - Pulls a Ryan Braun and goes nuts after being called up June 1.
AL Cy Young
AJ Burnett - Puts all the talent & potential together just in time to push the Jays to the Wild Card, and exercise that option in his contract
AL Comeback Player
Brian Anderson - He was left for dead two years ago after an awful rookie year. This year he becomes the Real deal giving the White Sox one of the youngest & best OFs in baseball.

NL MVP
Prince Fielder - Probably will hit 50 bombs again with Braun pairing up with him
NL ROY
Kosuke Fukodome - Because the Writers are idiots and haven't figured out that 10 year professionals coming over from Japan aren't "rookies" in any sense of the word.
NL Cy Young
Danny Haren - Webb comes close again but Haren pitching a good chunk of his starts in Dodger Stadium, PacBell, Coors & Petco will do wonders for his wins & ERA.
NL Comeback Player of the Year
Mike Hampton - Did anyone see him pitching today? Holy cow he's looking good and healthy


ALDS
Red Sox over Indians in 5 - Indians still can't get that Boston monkey off their back.
Blue Jays over Angels in 5 - Oops - Someone forget to tell the Angels that the season didn't end in July
ALCS
Red Sox over Blue Jays in 6 - I hate the Red Sox

NLDS
Dbacks over Braves in 4 - Glavine & Smoltz end their careers with a loss
Brewers over the Rockies in 5 - Probably the most entertaining match-up
NLCS
Dbacks over Brewers in 6 - Haren/Webb v Sheets/Gallardo? Sign me up

World Series
Dbacks over Red Sox in 7 - With a Eric Byrnes flare hit over 2B off Papelbon in the 9th. We'll call it "The last night of the Red Sox Dynasty"

mth123
03-24-2008, 07:11 AM
My Shot:

AL East

Boston - Not as dominant. Wins 95 Games
Toronto - Pitching Depth helps. 86 Wins
New York - Hughes succeeds, Kennedy is pedestrian and Joba disappoints showing why building innings to handle a full season is important for a young kid. 84 Wins
Tampa Bay - Plays above .500 82 Wins
Baltimore - Worst Team in Baseball. 61 Wins.

AL Central

Cleveland - Pitching steps up, Grady Sizemore moves up a level. 96 Wins
Detroit - Bullpen woes blow too many games, 92 Wins
Minnesota - Young pitching depth comes through, offense struggles - 80 Wins
Chicago White Sox - Regret trading Jon Garland as rotation woes kill the team. 77 Wins
Kansas City - Greinke shines. Too many holes. 73 Wins

AL West

LA Angels - Not as strong but still win 85.
Seattle - 83 Wins. Meh.
Oakland - 74 Wins
Texas - Below average in all areas. 66 Wins.

Cleveland over LA Angels
Boston over Detroit
Cleveland over Boston

AL MVP - Grady Sizemore
AL Cy Young - Roy Halladay
AL ROY - Evan Longoria

NL East

NY Mets - Pedro doesn’t hold up, but Johan puts on a show. 93 Wins.
Atlanta - Francoeur steps up, pitching better than expected. 89 Wins
Philadelphia - Rotation shows its weakness, Lidge tanks. Offense isn’t enough. - 84 Wins
Washington - Awful pitching. 68 Wins.
Florida - Hanley wants out, pitching injuries mount. 61 Wins.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs - Best pitching depth in NL prevails. 91 Wins.
Cincinnati Reds - Volquez steps up, bullpen falters. 84 Wins
Milwaukee Brewers - Pitching struggles with injury. 81 Wins
Pittsburgh - Mediocrity prevails. 77 Wins
Houston Astros - Pitching woes. 75 Wins
St. Louis Cardinals - Pujols has surgery in May. The rest of the team is awful. 66 Wins.

NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks - Upton steps up. Pitching is awesome. 97 Wins
LA Dodgers - Kemp is fantastic. 93 Wins
Colorado Rockies - Solid all around. Tough division. 88 Wins
San Diego Padres - Simply awful offense. Edmonds and Giles look done. 75 Wins
San Francisco Giants - Pitching prevents 90 losses. 74 Wins.

Diamondbacks over Cubs
Mets over Dodgers
Diamondbacks over Mets
Diamondbacks over Cleveland in WS.

NL MVP - Matt Kemp
NL Cy Young - Johan Santana
NL ROY - Joey Votto

reds44
03-24-2008, 02:32 PM
AL

East:
Boston
New York
Tampa Bay
Toronto
Baltimore

Central:
Detroit
Cleveland
Chicago
Minnesota
Kansas City

West:
1. Los Angeles
2. Seattle
3. Oakland
4. Texas

ALDS: Cleveland over Boston, Detroit over Los Angeles
ALCS: Detroit over Cleveland


MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
Cy Young: C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland
Rookie of the Year: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston
Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland, Detroit

NL

East:
New York
Philadelphia
Atlanta
Florida
Washington

Central:
Chicago
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
St. Louis
Houston
Pittsburgh

West:
Arizona
Colorado
Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco

MVP: Aramis Ramirez, Chicago
Cy Young: Brandon Webb, Arizona
Rookie of the Year: Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati
Manager of the Year: Willie Randolph, New York

NLDS: Arizona over New York, Philadelphia over Chicago
NLCS: Arizona over Philadelphia

WS: Detroit over Arizona in 6

dougdirt
03-24-2008, 02:45 PM
AL East

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

Baltimore Orioles

AL Central

Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians

Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins



AL West

Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners

Texas Rangers

Oakland A's


ALDS:

Detroit Tigers over LAA Angels
Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians

ALCS:

Red Sox over Tigers

AL Cy Young - Erik Bedard
AL MVP - Miguel Cabrera
AL Rookie of the Year - Evan Longoria

NL East

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Florida Marlins

Washington Nationals

NL Central


Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

Houston Astros

Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Dodgers

Colorado Rockies

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

NLDS:

New York Mets over LA Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks over Chicago Cubs

NLCS:

New York Mets over Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Cy Young - Johan Santana
NL MVP - Chase Utley
NL Rookie of the Year - I really want to pick a Red, but I don't like giving the award to pitchers and the idea of Joey Votto not getting a lot of at bats hurts that one. Johnny Cueto over Geovany Soto of the Cubs.

World Series
Red Sox over New York Mets in Game 6

*BaseClogger*
03-24-2008, 02:59 PM
AL East

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Toronto Blue Jays (great pitching)

Tampa Bay Rays

Baltimore Orioles

AL Central

Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians

Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox (only because Kenny finally gets to his senses and firesales)

Minnesota Twins (Liriano ain't what he used to be)


AL West

Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners (very overrated)

Oakland A's (only reason M's pass them is Beane continues the yard sale)

Texas Rangers


ALDS:

LAA Angels over Detroit Tigers
Cleveland Indians over Boston Red Sox

ALCS:

LAA Angels over Indians

AL Cy Young - Felix Hernandez
AL MVP - David Ortiz
AL Rookie of the Year - Evan Longoria


NL East

New York Mets

Atlanta Braves

Philadelphia Phillies

Florida Marlins

Washington Nationals


NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Milwuakee Brewers

Cincinnati Reds

Houston Astros

St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

San Diego Padres

Los Angeles Dodgers

Colorado Rockies

San Francisco Giants

NLDS:

New York Mets over Atlanta Braves
Arizona Diamondbacks over Chicago Cubs

NLCS:

Arizona Diamondbacks over Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Cy Young - Johan Santana
NL MVP - David Wright
NL Rookie of the Year - Colby Rasmus


World Series
Arinzona Diamondbacks over LAA Angels in Game 7

redsrule2500
03-24-2008, 02:59 PM
I'll just do the standings...

AL EAST:
1. Yankees
2. Red Sox
3. Orioles :O
4. Blue Jays
5. Rays

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

AL WEST:
1. Angels
2. A's
3. Rangers
4. Mariners

NL EAST:
1. Braves
2. Mets
3. Phillies
4. Marlins
5. Nationals

NL CENTRAL:
1. Cubs
2. Brewers
3. Reds :(
4. Cards
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL WEST:
1. Padres
2. Rockies
3. Diamondbacks
4. Dodgers
5. Giants

ROY: Cueto 14-8, 3.41 ERA

World Series: Padres take it in 6 against the Tigers :cool:

Red in Chicago
03-24-2008, 08:04 PM
AL EAST:
1. Yankees
2. Red Sox
3. Blue Jays
4. Rays
5. Orioles

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

AL WEST:
1. Angels
2. A's
3. Mariners
4. Rangers

NL EAST:
1. Mets
2. Phillies
3. Braves
4. Marlins
5. Nationals

NL CENTRAL:
1. Cubs
2. Brewers
3. Reds
4. Cards
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL WEST:
1. Diamondbacks
2. Rockies
3. Dodgers
4. Padres
5. Giants

Tigers vs Mets with Tigers winning it all.

SunDeck
03-24-2008, 08:54 PM
It's march- Reds go wire to wire, sweep the division, LCS and WS. Johnny Cueto wins the Cy Young, Jay Bruce wins ROY.

Who cares what happens in the other leagues?

Seriously- I don't pay enough attention to other divisions to know, but I can certainly see the Reds contending this year if the promise of the Dominican Dandies and Cordero amounts to the hype. Unfortunately for Jay Bruce, I think he's going to have trouble getting up the the show this year unless Jr. snaps a hammy again. But pencil him in at RF next year.

So my prediction for the Central is: Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Cards, Stros.

Strikes Out Looking
03-24-2008, 09:00 PM
AL East
1. Red Sox
2. Toronto
3. Yankees
4. Tampa Bay
5. Baltimore

AL Central
1. Detroit
2. Cleveland
3. Minnesota
4. Kansas City
5. Chicago

AL West
1. LA Angles of Anaheim
2. Seattle
3. Oakland
4. Texas

By the way, how unfair is it that the NL Central has six teams and the AL West has four?

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
AL Cy Young: Josh Beckett
AL ROY: Evan Longoria

AL Playoffs: Boston v. LA, Boston wins
Detroit v. Toronto, Detroit Wins
AL Champs: Detroit

NL East
1. Philadelphia
2. New York
3. Atlanta
4. Florida
5. Washington

NL Central
1. Cincinnati
2. Chicago
3. Milwaukee
4. Pittsburgh
5. St. Louis
6. Houston

NL West
1. Arizona
2. Los Angeles
3. Colorado
4. San Diego
5. San Francisco

Co-NL MVPs: Brandon Phillips and Chase Utley (a theme)
NL Cy Young: Aaron Harang
NL ROY: Joey Votto

NL Playoffs: Reds v. LA Dodgers (WC); Reds win
Phillies v. Arizona --Phillies win
NL Champions: Reds

WS: Reds in 7 over Detroit. Here's how it happens: In the bottom of the 9th of game 7, with Todd Jones on the mound, and the Reds down by one, Jones walks Scott Hatteberg. This brings up Ken Griffey Jr. (who has announced his retirement prior to the series). Jr. lines the first pitch in the the right field seats for a Reds world series victory.
I can dare to dream, can't I.

*BaseClogger*
03-24-2008, 09:04 PM
WS: Reds in 7 over Detroit. Here's how it happens: In the bottom of the 9th of game 7, with Todd Jones on the mound, and the Reds down by one, Jones walks Scott Hatteberg. This brings up Ken Griffey Jr. (who has announced his retirement prior to the series). Jr. lines the first pitch in the the right field seats for a Reds world series victory.
I can dare to dream, can't I.

Dusty would have to bat Scott Hatteberg #2 for that to happen... Unless he is pinch-hitting for Juan Castro ;)

Strikes Out Looking
03-24-2008, 09:07 PM
Dusty would have to bat Scott Hatteberg #2 for that to happen... Unless he is pinch-hitting for Juan Castro ;)

In my dream, Castro stays in Sarasota to be a roving minor league IF instructor.

RedFanAlways1966
03-24-2008, 10:40 PM
In my dream, Castro stays in Sarasota to be a roving minor league IF instructor.

You get my early season nomination for best comeback of the year...

:lol:

RedsManRick
03-24-2008, 11:20 PM
AL East
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles

AL Central
Detroit Tigers
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins

AL West
Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Oakland A's

ALDS:
LAA Angels over Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians

ALCS:
Red Sox over Angels

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
AL MVP: Grady Sizemore
AL Rookie of the Year: Adam Jones


NL East
New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
Florida Marlins
Washington Nationals

NL Central
Chicago Cubs
Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West
Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants

NLDS:
New York Mets over Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers over Chicago Cubs

NLCS:
New York Mets over Los Angeles Dodgers

NL Cy Young: Johan Santana
NL MVP: David Wright
NL Rookie of the Year: Manny Parra

World Series
New York Mets over Red Sox in 6 Games

M2
03-25-2008, 09:25 PM
NL EAST

1. New York Mets - A team now entering its third year of having no excuse for not winning an NL pennant. The real question is what OF do they acquire this summer?

2. Atlanta Braves - Back to the playoffs for the Braves this season. Yunel Escobar looms as a breakout player.

3. Philadelphia Phillies - A team can win once with no pitching, but the Phils will phind they emptied that well last year. The main offseason acquisitions of Brad Lidge, Geoff Jenkins and Pedro Feliz were also kind of funny in a sad way.

4. Washington Nationals - One shudders to think how bad the pitching will be without RFK to protect it. On the bright side, the team might have some hitting this season.

5. Florida Marlins - Could challenge the 1998 team's 108 losses record.

NL CENTRAL

1. Milwaukee Brewers - A franchise that's been clawing forward for a few years, now with a more sensible defensive alignment. It won't be pretty, but this club has the best talent in the division.

2. Chicago Cubs - IMO this team could fall into the cellar without much of a push, but it could also win the division while still not being very good (like last year).

3. Cincinnati Reds - Oh the horror if this team gets the starting pitching (mostly) right, but misses on the offense/bullpen/defense equation.

4. St. Louis Cardinals - Possible surprise team if Dave Duncan can spread around some magic pitching dust.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates - It's morning on the Monongahela and the new savvy talent evaluators in town have acquired Phil Dumatrait.

6. Houston Astros - They'll be ahead of the Pirates at the All-Star break, but will collapse after the summer fire sale.

NL WEST

1. Los Angeles Dodgers - This will inspire statements about how any manager could win with the Dodgers.

2. San Diego Padres - Lack of star power on offense croaks them.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks - If ever there was a team in line for a hard adjustment it's this one.

4. Colorado Rockies - Golly, look at all that young pitching. Yep, watch it erupt.

5. San Francisco Giant - An almost absurdly bad team with no help on the way.

NL MVP - Ryan Braun (but David Wright will deserve it).
NL Cy Young - John Maine (everyone else is picking the wrong Met)
NL ROY - Manny Parra

AL EAST

1. Boston Red Sox - This year New England comes to the horrible revelation that, oh my God, we ARE the Yankees.

2. New York Yankees - The pitching goes up in flames and Joe Girardi, not being on much of an even keel himself, throws the clubhouse into chaos. Suddenly it's the 1980s again.

3. Toronto Blue Jays - And this isn't on merit. Statements that this would be the best club in the NL couldn't be more wrong. This is a dog of a team that only stands to finish this high because there's a lot of awful clubs in the AL.

4. Tampa Bay Rays - The Scott Kazmir injury is a big yikes. The bullpen is even yikesier.

5. Baltimore Orioles - It's nothing short of a tragedy this franchise has become such a laughingstock.

AL CENTRAL

1. Cleveland Indians - Look ma, it's a baseball team.

2. Chicago White Sox - I'm going way out on a limb here and calling this team for a Wild Card. The 4-5 starters (Danks and Floyd) are awful, but they'll be replaced during the summer. The offense got bolstered with Nick Swisher and Orlando Cabrera. Javy Vazquez and Mark Buehrle give them two horses to do the heavy work in the rotation and the bullpen is quality.

3. Detroit Tigers - But isn't this the best offense in the sum total history of mankind? Um, no. In fact it's vulnerable to RHPs. The pitching is primed for trouble too, except for that Verlander guy.

4. Kansas City Royals - The pitching will still be a huge problem, but the offense will surprise a lot of folks. It looks like Joey Gathright might finally start getting on base and using his ridonkculous speed.

5. Minnesota Twins - Imagine, Twins fans will soon be able to watch a discount team in a new stadium.

AL WEST

1. Los Angeles Angels - Because someone has to win this division and they have Vlad Guerrero.

2. Texas Rangers - Picked here mainly to taunt the other two teams in the division ... and because they've got 100% more David Murphy than anyone else.

3. Seattle Mariners - They just had one of those crazy, unexpected, come outta nowhere seasons. This year they go back to nowhere.

4. Oakland A's - Quite possibly the blandest team ever assembled. I pity anyone who tries to watch this club on a regular basis.

AL MVP - Victor Martinez (he's won MVPs all the way up the developmental ladder, this is just a matter of time)
AL Cy Young - Justin Verlander
AL ROY - Carlos Gomez

M2
03-25-2008, 09:30 PM
Side question here, what gives with the rest of you listing the AL first?

Just because the national media practices AL-centrism doesn't mean we have to follow suit.

blumj
03-25-2008, 09:34 PM
Side question here, what gives with the rest of you listing the AL first?

Just because the national media practices AL-centrism doesn't mean we have to follow suit.
It's just alphabetical order. :D