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PostSubject: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:21 pm

Well, the 2011 season of Major League Baseball and here's my prediction going division by division.
American League East



Once
again, this could be the most talented division in baseball. The
Yankees and Red Sox are two of baseball's most skilled teams, yet the
Tampa Bay Rays are the reigning division champs. The new-look
Red Sox will make a return to the playoffs this year and win the
division. There is just too much talent on this team to not be
considered one of the favorites, and nobody on the team is a stranger
to winning.A team with a lineup already consisting of Dustin
Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz added two of the most dangerous
bats in baseball with slugger Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford,
arguably the most well-rounded player in the game. The pitching
rotation is stacked as well, with Jon Lester, John Lackey, Josh
Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka. While the pitching
staff is not spectacular, the New York Yankees will finish second in
the division due to one of the most potent lineups in the game: Alex
Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Robinson
Cano. For third in the division, I'm going to go out on a limb
and pick the Baltimore Orioles. The O's were one of the most active
teams in the offseason adding Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee, Vladimir
Guerrero, J.J. Hardy, Justin Duchscherer and Kevin Gregg. Not to
mention, their second baseman and arguably their best player Brian
Roberts was injured for most of 2010, and he will be ready to go in
2011.Also, the Orioles hired new manager Buck Showalter near the
end of last season and won 34 of 57 games with him at the helm. If Adam
Jones can have a bounceback year and Matt Wieters starts to live up to
his potential, Baltimore could be the surprise team of 2011. The
reigning division champion Tampa Bay Rays had an unfortunate offseason
losing All-Star Carl Crawford, sensational closer Rafael Soriano and
slugger Carlos Pena. While Evan Longoria and David Price still remain
intact, the team will have too much competition within the division to
make a run this year. In last place are the depleted Toronto
Blue Jays, who lost Roy Halladay last offseason and Vernon Wells and
Shaun Marcum this year. Without these cornerstone players, the Jays are
not strong enough to make a run in the talented AL East this year.
American League Central



The
past two seasons, this division has been a three-way race. Offseason
acquisitions this season has made the Central look even tighter. If
Austin Jackson can have a year like last year and the team can stay
away from the injury trap, the Detroit Tigers should be able to take
the AL Central. Before the injuries hit in 2010, the Tigers were infirst place at the All-Star break, and Magglio Ordonez was having one of the best seasons of his career. The
pitching rotation and bullpen are solid, including arms like Justin
Verlander, Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer, Brad Penny, Jose Valverde and
Joaquin Benoit. Also, the lineup may be one of the deepest in the
league, with young stars like Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch,
All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez and veteran sluggers like
Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen. Second place in this
division is a complete toss-up, and I have to say that if Joe Mauer and
Justin Morneau can both stay healthy, the Twins will beat out Chicago.
The M&M brothers are arguably the most dynamic duo in baseball, and
they could even be considered two of the league's top players.The
rotation is somewhat weak, however. Don't expect Carl Pavano to have a
year like last year. Closer Joe Nathan returning to the bullpen will be
a big help, however. The White Sox are just about even with the
Tigers and Twins talent-wise, but someone has to finish third. The
pitching is stellar, but there are a lot of question marks within the
lineup on who will be able to repeat their performances of previous
years (Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Carlos Quentin, A.J. Pierzynski). While
the bottom two spots in the Central could be two of baseball's worst
teams, I'll have to go with the Tribe finishing fourth due to a decent
amount of offensive talent and young stars. Even with Zack
Greinke and David DeJesus, the Royals were one of the worst teams in
baseball. Now, two of their best players are gone and things are
looking even worse for Kansas City.American League West



Of the four teams in the West, three are almost dead-even in talent. It's a shame that one of them will have to finish third. For
first place, I have to go with the reigning American League Champion
Texas Rangers. This is virtually the same team that went all the way to
the Fall Classic last year, minus Cliff Lee but plus slugger Adrian
Beltre, catcher Mike Napoli and a healthy Brandon Webb. Look for the
Rangers to be one of the AL's top contenders again this season. In
second place will be the Angels. Los Angeles should have a better 2011
than 2010, as they have one of the most solid rotations in baseball.
Add that to great hitters like Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Bobby Abreu,
Howie Kendrick and Kendry Morales, and the Halos look pretty good this
year. In third place will be the Oakland Athletics, who are
maybe just a year or two away from a division title. This team has a
lot of tools that could help them possibly contend for the division
this year, but I don't think they're totally ready just yet. The
Seattle Mariners will finish last in this division. Although the
rotation is not very bad, this team lacks the talent to compete with
the Rangers, Angels or A's.National League East






This division has a lot of young talent. That being said, there is one team that should run away with the pennant this year. The
Philadelphia Phillies will finish first in the division. This is a
pretty easy pick to make, considering that the Phillies have arguably
one of the greatest pitching rotations in the history of baseball and
one of the league's best lineups. The Atlanta Braves made the
playoffs last year as the National League Wild Card. That might be a
little tougher to do this year, but they are still the second best team
in the East. The Braves have a solid pitching rotation and a lot of
offensive talent, especially with the addition of Dan Uggla. A
team with possibly the best player in baseball and a talented pitching
rotation is the identity of the Florida Marlins. They don't have enough
to compete with Philadelphia or Atlanta, but they have a lot of young
talent and should be back in the playoffs in several years. In
fourth will be the Mets. Johan Santana has not been the same as he was
in his days as a Minnesota Twin, and if you look past him in the
pitching rotation, there really isn't anything. Carlos Beltran is still
battling injuries, and David Wright, Jose Reyes and Jason Bay will not
be enough for the team to make a splash in the NL East. The
Washington Nationals are no longer the joke of baseball. While they do
not have a ton of talent this year, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman are
proven sluggers on a team that could soon turn into one of the league's
best with future superstars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
This isn't the year though.National League CentralThis division is very interesting. It looks like there will be between two, possibly three teams. The
Milwaukee Brewers will make a return to the playoffs, riding a potent
lineup and a revamped pitching rotation. The additions of star pitchers
Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum create a very well-rounded team. If the
pitching staff (which also includes Yovani Gallardo in the rotation and
John Axford, Manny Parra, LaTroy Hawkins and Takashi Saito in the
bullpen) can't get the job done, the All-Star lineup of Prince Fielder,
Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee surely will. The
Cincinnati Reds made the playoffs in 2010 for the first time since
1995, and they will make another run for the playoffs in 2011. National
League MVP Joey Votto returns alongside sluggers Brandon Phillips and
Scott Rolen as well as rising young stars Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs to
form one of the best lineups in the National League. Albert
Pujols and Matt Holliday are two of the best hitters in the game, but a
season-ending injury to St. Louis Cardinals' ace pitcher Adam
Wainwright may just end their playoff chances in the competitive
National League Central. I'm going to go with the Cubs in
fourth. Despite losing Derrek Lee, they still have a decent lineup with
Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez. They also have decent
pitching, with Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and one of the league's best
closers in Carlos Marmol. Fifth place will be the Houston
Astros. While the pitching is OK and Carlos Lee is still a decent
hitter, the Astros just don't have a whole lot. If the Astros
look bad, take a look at the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen is about it for
this team that has been rebuilding for as long as I can remember.National League West



This
division produced last year's World Series Champion, even though nobody
expected it. This year's race may be even more entertaining. The
San Francisco Giants will win the National League West and return to
the playoffs. The World Series MVP Edgar Renteria is gone, but the
Giants went out and added veteran shortstop Miguel Tejada to fill the
void. The Giants still have an amazing pitching staff, and Madison
Bumgarner could be a breakout player in 2011. After some bullpen
tune-ups in the offseason, the highly talented Colorado Rockies will
finish in second place. If Ubaldo Jimenez, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos
Gonzalez have years like 2010, they should be able to make a run for
the division in 2011. Despite the McCourt ownership dispute, the
Dodgers are still a somewhat talented team and should make a run for
the West. While the offense is well-rounded in terms of hitting and
speed, the pitching needs to be a little better in order to win this
division. The San Diego Padres lost the division on the last
game of the season last year, and the team has remained pretty much the
same, except for the fact that their franchise player Adrian Gonzalez
has departed for Boston. Without Gonzalez, the Padres do not have
enough talent to make waves in this division. After completely
blowing up the entire team after 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks may
have success in the near future. They have added J.J. Putz, Xavier
Nady, Armando Galarraga, Zach Duke, Russell Branyan and Melvin Mora in
order to bolster their lineup. While they will still be better than
they were in 2010, this just isn't the year.As for the postseason:




The
American League Wild Card winner will be the New York Yankees. While
the pitching is nothing spectacular, the lineup is just way too good to
miss out on the playoffs. Tigers over Red Sox in five games This
would be a monumental upset, but this Tigers team has the star power
and the veteran presence to pull it off. As we saw last year, pitching
wins playoff series, and the Detroit lineup has what it takes to
upstage the Red Sox pitching while the Tiger rotation and bullpen could
be very strong come playoff time. Yankees over Rangers in four games



The
National League Wild Card winner will be the Cincinnati Reds. Aroldis
Chapman will make a huge difference in the pitching rotation, and the
Reds will make the playoffs for the second year in a row. Phillies over Reds in four games A rematch of last year's NLDS, but the Phillies' pitching is just too good. Brewers over Giants in five games The Giants have a great pitching staff, but when you look at who is the most well-rounded, the Brewers take this series.





Yankees over Tigers in six games The
Yankees lineup could be one of the best in baseball, and this team has
all the experience needed to make it back to the World Series. While
the Tigers are talented, they will take the Yankees to six games, but
no more.



Brewers over Phillies in seven games This
may be a shocker, but Milwaukee has all the depth they need to win this
series. The lineup is full of young stars ready to make an impact, and
I have already said enough about this team's pitching. The Crew really
reminds me of the Giants and Rangers last year. They have everything
they need to make history.Brewers over Yankees in six games I'm kidding, right? Nope.
This matchup will provide an interesting matchup, but in the end, the
Brewers' pitching will be able to shut down the Yankee lineup while
Prince, Braun, Hart and McGehee will get to the somewhat shallow New
York rotation. My predictions for individual awards
World Series MVP: Ryan Braun Regular Season Awards: AL MVP: Carl Crawford
NL MVP: Hanley Ramirez AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver
NL Cy Young: Cliff Lee





Well that's it I hope you enjoy reading my predictions and be free to comment on my picks!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:53 pm

Pretty cool you did a prediction dor the baseball season. Would have been cool if you had gone more in depth with the non contenders such as Cleveland Indians. I agree with picks for most of division winners don't totally agree about Red Sox winning division- yes they have alot of talent on the team, but so does the division with Tampa Bay Rays, and The New York Yankees. I agree with how playoffs will play out though I think Yanks will win world series then, but i really liked you doing a 2011 prediction, I thought it was very cool.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:54 pm

Thanks yeah I was going to talk more about the Cleveland Indians but as you know their my favorite team and I could have gone forever on them and I did not want to be too biased on my predictions to the rest of the teams!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:57 pm

Alright cool, I understand, Indians are my favorite team as well, followed them my whole, and very interested to see how the season will turn out
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:59 pm

yea me too I mean it all depends how they do and how they do is based on their pitching staff since having they have the youngest pitching staff in the Major Leagues!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:06 pm

Yeah they do, and I think alot deoends on how our young guys (LaPorta, and Santana) do and if Santana stays healthy. I think if Carlos Santana stays healthy he will have a good year, he was having a pretty good year until he got injured, and we've seen Matt Laporta at times play up to his potential, we'll see if he finally breaks through this year. and I also think If Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona can get back to their old forms we can make a huge step forward.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:09 pm

Also Don't forget one key player Travis Hafner if he plays like he's played before when he was good that gives us a much more effective offense!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:12 pm

Man I wish he would, part of me thinks he used to be on steroids, cause he was so dominate, then just started doing terrible. If he could get back to his old form I would be in complete shock, because I could very well be one of Pronk's biggest doubters.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:14 pm

Hey I hope that is not the case though but it's a real strong possibility if it is then were going to be stuck paying a lot of money for nothing!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:18 pm

I agree they very well could be paying alot for nothing. I cant' remember if we we gave him that big deal before he went "downhill" or after. But he has not proved that he was worth that big contract extension.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:29 pm

We gave him that big contract before he's gone downhill so you could not blame the Indians when they gave it to them!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:31 pm

Okay yeah I can't balme them there, this could just end up to adding to Mark Shapiro's reputation, he goes for a deal that he thinks will work but ends up firing back in his face. :/
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:33 pm

Yeah will hopefully since Mark Shapiro is not the general manger anymore he got moved up to Vice President of operations now Chris Antonettie is now the new GM!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:39 pm

I hope Chris Antonettie does a good job never liked Shapiro, I thought he was terrible. And in my opinion hes not very bright. One time last year he was asked who does he think will win our division, and he said the Tampa Bay Rays, thats not good. Never liked him as GM, and not thrilled that he is VP of Operations.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:45 pm

What year did he say that though Minion #1
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:57 pm

It was last year during spring training
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:22 pm

Well they did lose in the world series the year before so It's not that bad of choice to say!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:27 pm

But we are talking about our division not the whole American league
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:58 pm

Oh okay so do you think the tribe is going to trade anybody away this season?
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:44 pm

To be honest I'm not really sure if we will, I have heard rumors throughout the offseason that we might trade Carmona ( I hope they are not true).
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:54 pm

They better not trade Fausto Carmona he's my favrite player on the Cleveland Indians team I can't bare to see him go!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:46 am

I'm kinda hoping the Indians win more games this year, even if it's just like 1 or 2. It'd be a start, at least.

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:48 pm

ha ha very funny youre lucky I got a sense of humor but anyway I think like in my preictions on the first page of this topic will finish in 4th place that I am sad to say but I think that's where they will finish with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:19 am

I know, but I still wish they would pull off some surprises.

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 Baseball Predictions    Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:35 pm

What kind of surprise are you talking about winning the division and making the playoffs or winning the whole thing?
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