We've played 2 months, so a lot has changed since April. The Yankees, White Sox and Cards have stunk it up, the Seattle Mariners are actually not that bad somehow... so give us your predictions come October for each division, playoff predictions, and then the MVP and Cy Young. I'll start:
The Yankees are not this bad, honestly I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a run at the division. The Red Sox are too good though, and they will win this division.
The Indians have a great, young offense and their pitching is coming around. They'll win this division, and the Tigers will come in a close second on their way to a wild card.
Angels are easily the best team here, the A's and Mariners' may finish around .500 or above but neither have a real shot at beating Anaheim.
The best division in the NL, the East will be won by the Mets in a landslide. Look for the Marlins and Braves to both have good seasons though, and just miss out on the wild card.
The Brewers aren't that great but they will win this division in my opinion, as much as I hate to say it. I see them with around 87 wins and that should get it done. This division is wide open though, every single team has a shot if they got hot at the right time.
Los Angeles is the clear favorite here, as they are balanced and good all around in every aspect. I don't see Arizona continuing their success, I think they are too young and still a year away. They are definitely a scary team though for the future. San Diego has a balanced squad and they will win the NL Wild Card.
Tigers over Red Sox
Indians over Angels
Tigers over Indians
Mets over Padres
Dodgers over Brewers
Dodgers over Mets
WS: Tigers over Dodgers
Detroit was my preseason pick to win it all and I'll stick with them. I love their offense with Sheffield in the middle now, and they've got a sick pitching staff. Once they get all their bullpen healthy they'll be tough to beat.
AL MVP- Vladimir Guerrero
AL Cy Young- Johan Santana
NL MVP-Jose Reyes
NL Cy Young- Jake Peavy
"Oh, that Lankford and McGee, the trio of 'em. They're a one-man wrecking crew."
I'll just post the AL, because I don't follow the NL.
Boston should easily win the division. Both New York and Toronto are better than they are (and are slowly getting more healthy), and both will finish over .500 as they make their way into the WC race. New York will win the WC, I suspect. The Boss won't let them fail. I've also learned my lesson predicting a playoff appearance for the Jays, it's just never going to happen again.
AL MVP- Alex Rodriguez
AL Cy Young-Roy Halladay (Meh, why not, he looks as good as ever, I have to be positive about something Blue Jays-related eventually)
mweir145 wrote:I'll just post the AL, because I don't follow the NL.
You're really missing out... what, you don't like to see pitchers bunting and small ball? what the hell's wrong with you!
Well what I meant by that is that I just have no idea who's doing what in terms of the standings in that league. So giving predictions on something I don't know or haven't seen enough of wouldn't really make any sense, would it? I do watch any baseball I can, though.
I think that the Red Sox and Angels should win their divisions pretty easily. The AL Wild Card race should definitely be intriguing, with the Yanks and four the of the Central teams as potential contenders. It's hard for me to imagine the Yanks not making the playoffs. However, while I don't think they'll continue to play this poorly, there are plenty of very good teams in the Central that - unlike the Yanks - haven't been set back by awful starts. Still, they're only 6 games back in the WC race, and I think they've got a strong enough roster to pull it off, especially once Clemens starts pitching. I'm actually fairly pleased about their pitching right now - what I'm more concerned about is whether Abreu can turn things around. When he's playing well, the offense is just a lot more stable and consistent.
I think Milwaukee has enough pitching depth that they should be able to hold onto the Central even if their offense cools off a bit. The Mets should win the East - even if Maine/Ollie cool off, Pedro will be coming back at some point. However, the Braves have a VERY strong and balanced team, and I expect that they'll make their way into the playoffs. The West will probably come down to LA and SD. Both teams have strong rotations and bullpens, but LA gets the nod due to a better offense (although I'll admit that SD's rotation is a bit stronger). The D-Backs could make a run at it, but I think they're playing a bit over their heads right now and will probably cool off as the season goes on. However, if Valverde can keep his head screwed on straight, then their bullpen is really going to start to shape up into one of the better pens in the league. Adding that to a strong young offensive core, the Diamondbacks could become a force to be reckoned with over the next couple years. I just don't think everything is quite ready to fall into place yet.
Edit: For the MVP's and Cy's...
AL MVP: Vlad (backup choice: Hafner)
AL Cy: Dan Haren (backup choice: Johan)
NL MVP: Albert Pujols (backup choice: Prince Fielder, or if he can somehow stay healthy, Chipper Jones)
NL Cy: Jake Peavy (backup choice: Oswalt)