Re: Official MLB Prediction Thread
Atlanta Braves - Every year we hear about how the latest Braves team doesn't look so good on paper. Then the team goes out and wins the division. This edition looks to have five starters primed and ready for the season and Andruw destroyed the baseball in Florida. He's got to have a career year one of these seasons, might as well do it in 2005. Main thing is that things will go right. Something always goes right for this team.
Florida Marlins - It's their Kill Arthur Dent team. It can't fail. It won't. The Marlins can get themselves a wild card, which is what they really want. They can't seriously be thinking about starting Scuffy Moehler, can they?
New York Mets - Could be a real fun team - power, runs, defense. The bullpen looks shaky and Kaz Matsui probably needs to get flushed, but the Carlos Beltran era could get off to a decent start.
Philadelphia Phillies - Maybe they'll score a zillion runs, but they're not a young team and the pitching looks to be in a backwards force march. At least Philly fans should have something to boo.
Les Nationals de Washington - Shouldn't Vinny Castilla be sent to the minors for the same reasons Endy Chavez was? Brendan Harris is a better player. Should be the best last place team in baseball. Tough division.
St. Louis Cardinals - Mark Mulder sure looks healthy so far. If he is, this team skates. Looks like Bill Pulsipher will be reunited with Jason Isringhausen. Quick, trade 'em Paul Wilson!
Houston Astros - What? This has got to be a typo. Am I out of my mind? I must be. Looks like they've got their pitching in order and they'll figure out the offense, particularly when Lance Berkman returns.
Pittsburgh Pirates - All Graham Koonce all the time. Seriously, how can you bet against a team with guys named Oliver, Kip and Tike? It's like giving the cold shoulder to the Little Rascals.
Chicago Cubs - Nomar Garciaparra is going to have a huge year. So is Derrek Lee, but the starting pitchers outside of Carlos Zambrano are in various states of disarray.
Cincinnati Reds - Ramon Ortiz and Eric Milton attempt to impress NASA with their ability to get balls launched into orbit. P.S. (for the Reds front office) instead of looking for guys who "know" how to win, how about getting guys who can play well enough to win?
Milwaukee Brewers - The real question is how many guys in the opening day starting lineup still have starting jobs in Milwaukee when the season ends.
San Diego Padres - Somebody's got to win this division.
The Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles - And somebody's got to finish second.
Arizona Diamondbacks - And third.
San Francisco - Sure, they don't need Barry Bonds. They've got a great team without him.
Colorado Rockies - Good to know that Dan O'Dowd can finally be himself. For the longest time he was an incompetent trapped in a GM's body.
Wild Card - Florida Marlins
MVP - Albert Pujols
Cy Young - Jake Peavy
Rookie of the Year - Chris Burke
New York Yankees - They could fall apart, but I believe in angst and there isn't enough of it in Boston these days.
Boston Red Sox - I secretly suspect the Sox loved what Pokey Reese did defensively at 2B and their hope is, later in the season, Hanley Ramirez can approximate it and maybe have a clue at the plate too.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays - I typed Baltimore, then Toronto, then Baltimore, then Toronto, then thought, "What the hell, Tampa Bay."
Baltimore Orioles - Sammy's too legit to quit. Todd Williams and Bruce Chen could be in the pen. Someone locate Mark Kroon, stat!
Toronto Blue Jays - Unquestionably the best team in Canada.
Minnesota Twins - Actually they've already mathematically clinched this puppy. The only real drama is whether Kyle Lohse turns into a pitcher. Corky Miller becomes a legend this October.
Cleveland Indians - Juan Gonzalez? Has his druggist cleared him to play? Jhonny Peralta looks like he's on the brink of a breakout season.
Chicago White Sox - At least people taunted the Red Sox about their World Series drought. I sometimes wonder if folks recognize the White Sox's existence enough to realize theirs just hit 87 years, 88 after this season.
Detroit Tigers - The organization sits down and, after agreeing all will be fine after all their prospects arrive, terror sets in when the realize they have no prospects.
Kansas City Royals - Swear to God I almost forgot to list them. This team is so bad should be contracted and the 1985 World Series trophy should be given to the Cardinals along with Don Denkinger's head.
Oakland A's - Yep, Billy Beane's just rebuilding. Can't compete this year. Nope. No reason to worry about the A's.
Anaheim Angels - Cast adrift without David Eckstein's mojo to guide them ... that and a really sucky team OB.
Texas Rangers - They'll hit better this year, Mark Texeira in particular, but they'll make sure to bow out of the limelight so nothing interrupts microscopic detail coverage of the Cowboys preseason.
Seattle Mariners - Hey Bill Bavasi, your team can't pitch. Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre are going to be two of the unhappiest multi-millionaires on the planet when they start playing in Safeco.
Wild Card - Boston Red Sox
MVP - Eric Chavez
Cy Young - Johan Santana, because he's the best pitcher alive
Rookie of the Year - Gabe Gross
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
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