Posted on: October 4, 2009 7:16 pm

End of Season Smack Talk

Early Season Predictions

So how about those Mets! Am I a genius for my early season predictions on the NL East or did I come upon dumb luck?

NL EAST: 5/5


NL WEST: 1/5

AL EAST: 0/5


AL WEST: 2/4

TOTAL: 12/30. 40% Correct

Season Awards

My picks on who should win what.

AL Cy Young

Winner : Justin Verlander

2nd place: Zack Greinke

3rd pace: Felix Hernandez


NL Cy Young

Winner : Tim Lincecum

2nd place:  Adam Wainwright

3rd pace: Matt Cain


Winner : Joe Mauer

2nd place: Ian Kinsler

3rd pace: Miguel Cabrera


Winner : Ryan Howard

2nd place: Albert Pujols

3rd pace: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez (TIE)

AL Rookie of the Year

Winner : Elvis Andrus

2nd place: Gordon Beckham

3rd pace: Rick Porcello

NL Rookie of the Year

Winner : Chris Coghlan

2nd place: Tommy Hanson

3rd pace: Dexter Fowler and Colby Rasmus (TIE)

Playoff Predictions. UH OHHHHHHHH

1st Round

American League

(PENDING ) Yankees vs Tigers. YANKEES IN 5

(PENDING ) Yankees vs Twins. YANKEES IN 4

Red Sox vs Angels. ANGELS in 4

National League

Phillies vs Rockies. PHILLIES in 3

Cardinals vs Dodgers. DODGERS in 4

Posted on: September 4, 2008 10:57 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2008 11:02 pm

My Bold Predictions

At this point you can pretty much see that the Cubs and Brewers are pretty much sure locks to make the playoffs, assuming they don't fall into a total collapse, such as the Marlins did in the past month.

Cubs, Brewers, and Diamondbacks look to make the playoffs and then there is the Mets and Phillies battling for the East. Phillies have been playing like they don't want to make the playoffs, but they might not have a say about it when the Mets have to face a Marlins team that has given them problems all year.

My bold prediction #1. Cubs versus the Diamondbacks in the first round will determine who represents the National League in the World Series. If the Cubs get by the D'Backs it should be fair game as long as some unknown dark horse pitcher doesn't step up to dominate a series. The Mets or Phillies, whoever wins the NL East has their pitching problems. Phillies have Cole Hamels, but the rest of their rotation is generally weak and not even in the caliber of Ted Lilly or Jason Marquis. The Mets have 7-inning Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey who struggles against good teams, and a bullpen that is very erratic.

The Diamondbacks as I have preached all year has the best pitching rotation in the National League, and at this point maybe even in the Major Leagues. Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Randy Johnson, Doug Davis, and the sudden emergence of a former elite Mets prospect by the name of Yusmeiro Petit. I've found my dark horse here in Arizona and his name is Yusmeiro Petit, not to be confused with HGH user Andy Pettitte. RJ has been here before and Webb-Haren can pitch against any lineup of monsters you throw at them.

Pick For NL Representative: Arizona Diamondbacks


For the American League we should see the war of baseball between the Anaheim Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. This just might be the first playoffs we have seen in a long time where there is no Red Sox or Yankees. Wow! If the Twins can pull off a good final month they just might make it in.

The Rays have silenced doubters all season long and fought through so many injuries and suspensions along with the majors longest losing streak of the season. Are they that good or just plain lucky? I gotta believe, yes they are that good, but are they good enough to beat the Angels?

Pick For AL Representative: Anaheim Angels


NL MVP Chase (Bold Prediction #2)

Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman has had outstanding stats all year, but not until late in the season did the Astros finally start to make a push for a wild card bid. Pitching has been bad all year in Houston and the offense has been silenced before while Lee and Berkman have crushed the ball in many meaningless games. Sadly, their monster seasons have been irrelevant most of the year.

Hanley is an incredibly good offensive player, but is just bad defensively and actually has cost the Marlins more games then even Dan Uggla. Uggla is the true Marlins MVP, but certainly not good enough to be MVP of the National League. Chase Utley plays in shrinky dinky homer friendly Philly and just like back when we saw balls fly out of Coors field so easily, we see them in Philly. People are starting to notice.

Manny has been Manny once again and he just might be the NL MVP. Hell, I'm even suggesting that if C.C. is to be considered then so should Man-Ram. Now there is 2 unknown commodities that have been consistently good all season and have actually contributed to a winning cause. Their names are Ryan J. Braun of the Brewers and David Wright of the Mets.

NL MVP Pick: Brewers Ryan Braun


No American League player stands out more then Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. One should be the Cy Young winner, the other the MVP, or maybe they can co-share both awards. Sadly both guys won't make the playoffs. People say Hamilton isn't the best player in Texas even though he is the feel good inspirational story of the year and also the team captain there. Hamilton is a pretty darn good player though from what I've seen.

Alex Rodriguez has been booed and booed and booed and booed. And still people ask Joe Girardi, who would you rather have? An entire Marlins team for 23 Million or Alex Rodriguez?

AL MVP Pick: Rangers Josh Hamilton


Bold Prediction #3

This really isn't all that bold when it comes to pitching. Some guys feast on bad teams and some guys feast on steak. Tim Lincecum and Brandon Webb feast on the NL West. Maybe the NL West is better then we realize. Maybe it is just that with pitchers like Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Chad Billingsley and a few others, it is the hitters that are being made look bad by great pitching. In theory, this is possible.

Now in the NL Central you have C.C. Sabathia who feasts on steak, beans, and even bad teams. We all are like ooohhh and ahhh at the success C.C. has had in the NL, but really who has he faced that is good? The Cubs? Yes and they lit him up through 6 innings. After that his resume of wins come against the Rockies, Padres, Nationals, Pirates, Reds, Giants, Cardinals and Astros. Only the last two have winning records.

NL Cy Young Pick: Giants Tim Lincecum and D'Backs Brandon Webb (Co-Winners)


The American League as I stated above is pretty much hands down. It is either Roy or Cliff. Take your pick. With some of my final fantasy picks I picked Cliff Lee as my last pick and picked him up off the trash heap in week 1. I had a haunch that Lee and Westbrook were healthy. They both showed good stuff at the end of last year and then were outright nasty in spring training. So I had to go with both. Sadly Westbrool is injured and Lee was a great choice.

AL Cy Young Pick: Indians Cliff Lee


Other Awards:

NL Comeback Player of the Year: Marlins 3B Jorge Cantu

AL Comeback Player of the Year: Rangers OF Josh Hamilton

NL Rookie of the Year: Cubs C Geovany Soto

AL Rookie of the Year: Tigers SP Armando Galarraga

NL Manager of the Year: Cardinals Tony Larussa

AL Manager of the Year: Rays Joe Maddon

Category: MLB
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