This will be the third consecutive year I’ve put my predictions out there for all to sneer at.
I’m not proud of every pick, but I am brave enough to keep doing it. Won’t you be brave enough to include yours in the comments?
My predictions last year weren’t nearly as good as the year before, but I did get the Yankees championship (and their AL pennant) correct. And I picked Albert Pujols as NL MVP. Tough, right?
I know it’s a little late for the 2010 picks, but also understand that there are 161 more games to play in the 2010 season. One day of games was not going to affect this list one bit:
East: Yankees; Central: Tigers; West: Mariners; Wild Card: Rays
With a stacked rotation that added Javier Vazquez, the only way the Yankees don’t make the World Series if the impending age problem hits half the roster this season. That’s unlikely. ALCS: Yankees over Rays
East: Phillies; Central: Cardinals; West: Rockies; Wild Card: Brewers
Phillies trade one ace, Cliff Lee, for another, Roy Halladay. If Cole Hamels bounces back as I predict he will, that means the Phillies should be much better than the team that won two games against the Yankees in the 2009 Series. NLCS: Phillies over Rockies
Much like when Lee won both games against the Yankees in 2009, Halladay will be a shut down pitcher in the Series. The Phillies take another game, too, and we go seven. But… Yankees over Phillies
(Alternates in parentheses)
- AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez (Miguel Cabrera) — If the Tigers make the playoffs it will be due in large part to Cabrera’s contributions.
- NL MVP: Ryan Howard (Albert Pujols) — Pujols is almost too easy of a pick.
- AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez (Justin Verlander) — Ms upgraded their D in the offseason. Like Hernandez needed more help.
- NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum (Dan Haren) — Imagine a world where Dan Haren doesn’t have that first-half, second-half problem.
- AL Rookie: Brian Matusz (Scott Sizemore) — The time is now for both of these players. Matusz makes a bigger impact throughout the season.
- NL Rookie: Jason Heyward (Aroldis Chapman) — This is actually 1A and 1B. Chapman has more of an impact than Strasburg or Feliz in 2010, but Heyward is a baseball monster.
- AL Fireman of the Year: Jonathan Papelbon (Mariano Rivera) — Boring, right? But what have they done to make us pick otherwise?
- NL Fireman of the Year: Brian Wilson (Jonathan Broxton) — Wilson might need to save every one of the Giants’ wins this season.
- AL Comeback Player: Ervin Santana (Francisco Liriano) — If either of these pitchers are healthy with live arms, their teams will make my division predictions look foolish.
- NL Comeback Player: Jose Reyes (Ricky Nolasco) — If Reyes comes back, gets 40 steals and David Wright gets the power back, Mets could give the Phillies fits all season.
- C: Victor Martinez (Matt Weiters)
- 1B: Mark Teixeira (Miguel Cabrera)
- 2B: Ian Kinsler (Robinson Cano)
- 3B: Alex Rodriguez (Michael Young)
- SS: Derek Jeter (Asdrubal Cabrera)
- OF: Grady Sizemore (Adam Jones)
- OF: Curtis Granderson (Shin-Soo Choo)
- OF: Nelson Cruz (Adam Lind)
- SP: Felix Hernandez (Zack Greinke)
- SP: Justin Verlander (Matt Garza)
- SP: CC Sabathia (Javier Vazquez)
- RP: Jonathan Papelbon (Mariano Rivera)
- C: Brian McCann (Geovany Soto)
- 1B: Albert Pujols (Ryan Howard)
- 2B: Chase Utley (Brandon Phillips)
- 3B: Ryan Zimmerman (Mark Reynolds)
- SS: Hanley Ramirez (Jose Reyes)
- OF: Ryan Braun (Jayson Werth)
- OF: Matt Kemp (Andrew McCutchen)
- OF: Matt Holliday (Carlos Gonzalez)
- SP: Tim Lincecum (Cole Hamels)
- SP: Roy Halladay (Johan Santana)
- SP: Ubaldo Jimenez (Clayton Kershaw)
- RP: Jonathan Broxton (Brian Wilson)
Who’s going to win the World Series? The MVP awards? If you have an opinion, voice it in the comments below.