Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 MLB Predictions

Actual records are for the birds and I will not attempt this...too subjective to the schedule and impossible to actually predict.

AL East- No team wins under 80 games in the entire division

Tampa Bay

AL Central
White Sox
Kansas City

AL West
LA Angels

AL Playoffs
Yankees vs Oakland-Yankees
Minnesota vs Boston-Boston

Boston vs Yankees-Yankees in 7
NL East
NY Mets

NL Central-First and 4th separated by 5 games
St. Louis

NL West
San Francisco
LA Dodgers
San Diego

Wild Card-San Francisco
NL Playoffs-
Atlanta vs. San Francisco
Colorado vs. St. Louis
Atlanta vs. Colorado

World Series
Colorado vs. Boston
World Series Champion
Colorado Rockies
World Series MVP
Troy Tulowitzki

Postseason Awards
Troy Tulowitzki
Alex Rodriguez
CY Young
AL CY Young
CC. Sabiathia
NL CY Young
Martin Baumgartner
Rookie of the Year

NL Rookie of the Year
Darwin Barney
AL Rookie of the Year
Jeremy Hellickson

First Manager Fired

Deter Jeter’s 3,000th hit
June 23rd 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Rawlings Official League Baseball 5 oz.Full Disclosure

The 2011 Baseball season

By Dan Starzec Jr.

NL Central

• I’m a Chicago Cubs Fan

• I hate the Cardinals

• The Brewers mean nothing to me

• The Astros are irrelevant

• The Pirates are improving due to better drafting but will remain in the cellar

• Albert Pujos is the best player in the division

• Matt Garza will prove to be the best pitcher in the division

• Zack Grienke will spend more days on the DL then starts

• Chris Carpenter will spend less days on the DL than Grienke but win less than 15 games

• Kerry Wood will lead the NL in holds

• Carlos Marmol will dominant the 9th inning again and save 40 games for the Cubs to lead the NL

• John Axford will finish with 30+ saves but blow more saves than any closer in the NL

• Adonis Chapman will dominant the league again for a short time but his arm will be Dusty Baker’d much like Mark Prior’s and Kerry Woods in 2004

• I hate Dusty Baker and he can go to hell, had he gone to the mound in 2003 instead of hiding behind his son, the Cubs win game 6, Bartman is an afterthought and the Cubs win the World Series before Boston.

• Carlos Pena is going to be the comeback player of the year

• Prince Fielder will have a HUGE YEAR and sign with either Chicago or Boston for 7 years and 160 + million dollars.

• Albert Pujos will leave St. Louis and sign with either Chicago or Boston for 8 years and 240 million dollars

• Fielder and Pujos will not be on the same team

• Ryan Braun will hit more homes than Casey Magee and Cory Hart combined

• Casey Magee fail to hit .250, commit more errors in the field than Starlin Castro and hit less homers than the combined total of Starlin Castro + Carlos Zambrano

• Corey Hart will hit less than 20 homers this season

• Starlin Castro will avoid the sophomore slump

• Tyler Colvin will not avoid such a slump and at some point be returned to the minors. He will return next season to be the starting right fielder for the Cubs

• The Brewers will regret trading Brett Lawrie, despite Shawn Marcum being a quality pitcher

• Yovanni Gallardo will win less than 15 games due to another season where he cannot stay healthy

• The Pirates will improve because of Pedro Alvaro becoming a star but will once again finish below .500 for the 20th straight season

• The Astros will not finish in last place

• The Pirates will finish behind the Astros

• St Louis, even without Adam Wainwright, will win more than 85 games

• The Brewers will keep Prince Fielder at the trade deadline despite quality offers that would result in his replacement in the future

• Carlos Gomez will not have a OBS above .200

• Ricky Weeks will avoid the DL

• Brewers Reliever Saito, 42, will show his age

• Ryan Dempster will win 15 games

• Randy Wolf will win 3 more games than millions he makes this season

• Shawn Marcum will lead the Brewers staff in wins but his ERA will begin with Taito Saito’s age

• The winner of the NL Central will have 89 victories

• Dusty Baker will destroy another pitchers arm this season and lose his job after the season

• The Reds will not win 89 games

• Carlos Zambrano will hit 5 home runs and not fight a teammate this season

• Jim Hendry will keep his job for 1 more season

• Doug Melvin will not

• Tony La Russa will leave St. Louis after the season to manage the Reds

NL West

• Aaron Harrang will win 15+ games for the Padres

o Matt Latos will prove last year was not a fluke

• Tim Lincecum will win lead his team to the playoffs but Martin Baumgartner will finish ahead of him for the NL CY Young

• San Diego, eventually will realize the package they received for Adrian Gonzalez was more than enough

• San Diego will also be glad they traded Jake Peavy when they did as Clayton Richards continues to shine

• Matt Kemp will finally live up to the expectations that are set for him by the organization

• Chad Billingsly will win 17+ games

• Jonathan Broxton will save 35+ games

• Heath Bell will sign a long term deal with the Padres

• Troy Tulowitzki will be the NL MVP

• Colorado will win the NL West

• Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies will prove to be so worth the 7 year 80 million dollar deal, in fact, by the end of that contract he will sign another one that is worth more than 200 million dollars at the age of 32.

• Arizona will wish they received more than the packaged received from the Angels for Dan Haren

• The winner of the NL West will have the best record in the NL

NL East

• The Phillies will sorely miss Chase Utley and his bat

• The Braves will win 91 games and miss the playoffs

• Roy Halladay will win not another CY Young

• Cliff Lee will prove to be worth the money

• The Phillies will not win the World Series

• Dan Uggla will hit 35 homers

• Freddy Freeman will be the rookie of the year

• Jason Haywood will land on the DL again

• David Wright will have a good season, the Mets will not

• The winner of the NL East will have more than 89 wins but less than 95

Random American League Thoughts

• People hate the Yankees because they win and spend money. Soon people will hate the Red Sox and Phillies for the same exact reason

• The White Sox are going to LOVE Adam Dunn and his production; fans will hate him because of his strikeouts. Then again, Sox fans don’t understand that 100 walks, 40 Homers and 130 RBI’s are more important than the 200 strikeouts

• The Yankees will win 95 games

• Boston will be in the World Series

• Alex Rodriguez will hit 35 to 45 homers and win the AL MVP

• Baltimore will finish over 500 but in 4th place in the AL East

• Toronto will win 85+ games but finish 3rd in the AL East

• The winner of the AL East will win 95 games, the wild card winner will finish with 93 wins

• The Oakland A’s will return to the playoffs

• The Angels will finish in the basement of the AL West

• Seattle will win 81+ games

• Texas will finish with less than 90 wins

• Neifi Feliz will save 40 games again and then become a starter next season

• Derrick Holland will finally put it all together and break double digits in wins