It's the most wonderful time of the year! When baseball writers and bloggers everywhere pretend they have some sort of inside scoop or analytical advantage over the average fan and attempt to wow folks with virtually impossible-to-predict prognostications! And we're no different! We've already taken you through our divisional previews, but now we'd like to foist our playoff and award predictions upon you, kind reader. Please feel free to criticize our outlandish guesses and to share your own outlandish guesses in the comment section.
To highlight some of our award selections, we believe that Dusty Baker will win Manager of the Year in the National League when he bumbles his way towards a winning record and a distant second place behind the Cubs in the Central. He's got a significantly improving powerful and speedy offense and could luck out with a young rotation. Just don't expect him to repeat success in 2010 when every one of those pitchers blows out their rotator cuff. Felix Hernandez is entering the prime of his career and should put up crazy strikeout numbers this year. He'll win the Cy Young if the defense behind him keeps his ERA low and the potential tater tots all end up caught on the warning track at Safeco.
We picked Grady Sizemore to win AL MVP to appease our two Indians fan readers, while we chose Manny Ramirez to win NL MVP because (a) he's really good (b) he's the best RBI guy on a high-OBP team and (c) he's really good, y'all. Dick Harden has great stuff and should notch 20 wins as long as he stays healthy, while Bob Geren will look like a genius just by putting out Billy Beane's new lineup every day.
Enough of the prattling! Onto the picks!
|Division Winners & Wildcards|
|Wild Cards||Red Sox||Mets|
|Division Series||Yankees over Indians
Red Sox over Athletics
|Cubs over Mets
Dodgers over Phillies
|LCS||Yankees over Red Sox||Cubs over Dodgers|
|World Series||Cubs over Yankees in 7|
|Manager of the Year||Bob Geren, OAK||Dusty Baker, CIN|
|Cy Young Award||Felix Hernandez, SEA||Dick Harden, CHC|
|Most Valuable Player||Grady Sizemore, CLE||Manny Ramirez, LAD|
|Rookie of the Year||Elvis Andrus, TEX||Cameron Maybin, FLA|
After the jump, check out our predictions for each team's record and a link to the written previews for each division. You'll want to bookmark this page so you can come back in September and guffaw at our many missteps.
|American League East|
|1.||New York Yankees||99-63|
|2.||Boston Red Sox||95-67|
|3.||Tampa Bay Rays||92-70|
|5.||Toronto Blue Jays||76-86|
|American League Central|
|4.||Kansas City Royals||78-84|
|5.||Chicago White Sox||70-92|
|American League West|
|National League East|
|2.||New York Mets||90-72|
|National League Central|
|3.||St. Louis Cardinals||82-80|
|National League West|
|1.||Los Angeles Dodgers||88-74|
|3.||San Francisco Giants||81-81|
|4.||San Diego Padres||74-88|