Belated 2010 MLB Predictions

April 15, 2010 |

 

   Ok, Ok, I guess I like to cheat. I wanted to get a one week window into the season, before I laid out my picks for who’s gonna do what this year. I don’t think my “cheating” is too bad. Ten games into the MLB season, would be like trying to prognosticate the NFL year halfway through the fourth quarter of the first game. Anyway, here are my humble guesses for how the 2010 season will turn out.

 

                                    AMERICAN LEAGUE

                                          (Playoff teams in Caps)

East  

1.      NEW YORK

2.    Boston

3.    Tampa Bay

4.   Toronto

5.   Baltimore

 

   Central

1.   CHICAGO

2.  Minnesota

3.  Detroit

4.  Cleveland

5.  Kansas City

 

   West

1.   LA ANGELS

2.  SEATTLE

3.   Texas

4.   Oakland

 

     I was going to pick Baltimore 4th before the season started; but I am swayed just as much by how well some of the Jays are playing, as I am by how poorly the Orioles have hit and pitched. My only real surprise in the AL is that although I don’t think they terrible, I don’t think this Red Sox team is as good as past years.

 

                                           NATIONAL LEAGUE

East

1.   PHILADELPHIA

2.  FLORIDA

3.   Atlanta

4.  Washington

5.  New York

 

    Central

1.  ST. LOUIS

2.  Chicago

3. Cincinnati

4.  Milwaukee

5.  Pittsburgh

6.  Houston

 

 West

1.  SAN FRANCISCO

2. LA Dodgers

3.  Colorado

4.  Arizona

5.   San Diego

 

       I have thought for awhile that this could be the best Nationals team since the move here for the 2005 season. I like their mix of speed and power, and I like their pitching staffs upgrades even before the phenom Strasburg arrives.  I had to contain myself from even putting them above Atlanta.

 

                    PLAYOFFS

     Yankees over Seattle

    Angels  over  White Sox

      Marlins over Cardinals

    Phillies  over  Giants

 

                          ALCS

            Angels   over   Yankees  in 7

                          NLCS

              Phillies  over   Marlins  in 6

 

                2010 World Series

   I think the Phillies with their playoff tested rotation (plus Roy Halladay) will bring Philly a second world title in the past three years.

             Phillies in 6 over the Angels

 

                  AWARDS

AL MVP                          Evan Longoria,  Tampa Bay

AL Cy Young               Felix Hernandez,  Seattle

AL Rookie                Brian Matusz, Baltimore

AL Manager         Don Wakamatsu, Oakland

NL MVP                     Hanley Ramirez,  Florida

NL Cy Young          Roy Halladay,  Philadelphia

NL Rookie              Aroldis Chapman,  Cincinnati

NL Manager       Fredi Gonzalez,  Florida

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