MLBTR Writer Predictions

Nine MLBTR writers give 2011 predictions!  Click here to see postseason and award picks from Tim Dierkes, Ben Nicholson-Smith, Mike Axisa, Luke Adams, Mark Polishuk, Zach Links, Dan Mennella, Howard Megdal, and Steve Adams.  Make your predictions in the comments and we'll check back here in November.


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  1. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Only request, please BUMP THIS THREAD at the end of the season =)

  2. I’m probably wrong but:

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: Rangers
    AL WC: Yankees

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Giants
    NL WC: Rockies

    ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees
    NLCS: Giants over Phillies
    WS: Giants over Red Sox

  3. no love for the Cardinals. sigh.

  4. MB923 4 years ago

    All 45 ESPN analysts picked the Red Sox to win the East (as do I) and all MLBTR writers except one did it too. Zach is the odd man out. Although he picks Boston to beat the Yankees in the ALCS. And I see Mike picked the Red Sox to win the East but to lose to the Yankees in the ALCS. I’d be interested in hearing why.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      both howard and dan have the yankees missing the playoffs. i’d be very surprised

      • MB923 4 years ago

        Steve too. Although Steve and Dan picked an AL West team, arguably the worst division in the league, to win the wild card.

        • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

          wild card coming out of the east or the central very surprised to see two al west teams in there

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Crazy things do happen, but I think picking an AL West team to win the wild card is going way against the odds. But hey let’s hope for a good season and we shall see.

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            Good season , is worth hoping for , and everybody likes the unexpected unless it happens to them . opening day tomorrow getting goose bumps

        • AL west worse not even close. The AL east for once will be balanced. which means that they might not have any team over 90 wins. Boston only team that could run away with it but looks like a bunch of teams canceling each other out.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            2 teams from the East each won at least 95 games last year, 1 team won 89 games, and the 4th place team won 85 games. 2 AL East teams can easily, easily win 90 games this year (most likely Yankees and Sox).

            Not a single team in the AL Central or AL West had a winning record against the AL East. Every AL East team had a winning record against the AL West. And only the Red Sox and Orioles in the AL East had a losing records against the AL Central.

            Oh and if I may add, last year’s AL West division champion won exactly 90 games, 2nd place was Oakland with 81 wins, not even above .500. Which would mean the 4th place Blue Jays would finish 2nd in the AL West

            Yes that was last year and this is this year, but if the AL West is not the worst division in the AL, then which is of the 2? MAYBE the only division worse than it in all of baseball is the NL Central. But the AL West is clearly the weakest of the AL divisions.

          • OKGOJAYS85 4 years ago

            Lets not forget that if the Blue Jays actually were in that division they would get to play those teams a lot more. Add in they had the second best winning record against the AL East last year (behind Tampa), and I would say the Jays would have walked away with the AL West division.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            That’s true too.

    • Gumby65 4 years ago

      ESPN? Red Sox? Sheesh, That’s going off on a limb.

    • thomel 4 years ago

      Why is everyone in denial that the Red Sox are woefully underperforming in spring training? I too think they have alot of great names, but I think that people are going to be surprised when they don’t live up to their very lofty expectations. Funny how in a quick decade the Red Sox go from “can’t win a thing” to “how can they lose”! I tag the Red Sox as having the highest potential for being disappointing! Sorry Theo…

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        so judging by your spring training rational..

        Should I buy my Jays 2011 World Series jacket now?

        • thomel 4 years ago

          Are the Jays your home team? If so then of course! Also, I would never sell MY team up the river with a sarcastic comment and no games played.

          Anyways. what real analysis does anyone use without real games. Are you using your gut, or perhaps your daddies opinion. At least I am a spacial statistician and have reasons for my predictions other than ESPN hype:)

          ________________________________________

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        you are so right spring training stats have very high predictive value historically

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          don’t you remember the giants spring training last year???

          .. because I sure don’t

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            I looked it up the other day in response to some people crying sky is falling over the Red Sox’ tough spring (Spoiler alert, based on records back to 2002, results were inconclusive), the Giants actually had the best record in the Cactus League, so Spring Training stats are completely dead on!

            On the other hand, can anyone guess who had the worst record in the Cactus League? I’ll give you a hint: it was an AL team.

  5. Dan Mennella knows what he’s talking about.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Why because he picked the Yankees to miss the playoffs? It can happen of course, but I got a feeling that’s why you’re saying that lol

    • for sure, even though I hate to jinx them I wouldn’t mind having a great summer with the Sox. Hope they go all the way but like I said, I’m not to sure with everyone picking them to win the division.

  6. WhiteSoxHomer 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Athletics
    AL WC: Yankees

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Giants
    NL WC: Braves

    ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
    NLCS: Phillies over Giants
    WS: Red Sox over Phillies

  7. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    love the love for the athletics i’m seeing here. and though i don’t think it’s likely, i’d looove a boston-atlanta WS

    listen to me. you can tell tomorrow is opening day, can’t you

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Cities that had a team named the Braves in it. Hoping Milwaukee wins the central too? lol

  8. uconndirk 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Rangers
    AL WC: Rays

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Reds
    NL West: Giants
    NL WC: Rockies

    ALCS: Red Sox over Rangers
    NLCS: Phillies over Reds
    WS: Phillies over Red Sox

    • WhiteSoxHomer 4 years ago

      I really wish I had your optimism that the Rays could take the Wildcard.

  9. mac_aberdeen77 4 years ago

    It’s pretty hard to see anyone other than the Red Sox win the East this year. The Yankees and Rays are going to have decent seasons, and I think Baltimore and Toronto could potentially be decent, but the Red Sox have a great rotation and serious firepower.

    • I’m a Yankees fan and I picked them to lose in the LCS vs the Red Sox, might have been the hardest pick I had to make, but they have a better team.

      I’m just saying even though we have a rivalry i’m not one of those blind Yankee fans, this is a transition year.

      This goes without saying that I’ll be rooting hard for the Yanks to take it all this year like I do every year. I just don’t expect it like most misguided Yankee fans do. However I agree with you Baltimore and Toronto are going to be really tough this year.

      • chuckables 4 years ago

        AL east teams don’t play each other in the LCS.

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

          Off the top of my head, the Red Sox and Yankees have faced off in the ALCS at least three times (1999, 2003 and 2004). Then there was the Cardinals versus Astros a few years back and who knows how many interdivision LCS matchups. Have you been sleeping since just before divisional realignment or something?

        • MB923 4 years ago

          You’re thinking of the LDS. League Division Series. That’s when they can’t play each other. LCS is the 2nd round.

      • chuckables 4 years ago

        Teams in the same division can’t play each other in the LCS.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          You’re thinking of the LDS. League Division Series. That’s when they can’t play each other. LCS is the 2nd round.

      • It sure is nice to hear from more level-headed fans; I might have learned to appreciate good baseball rather than wins or losses since I am a Mariners fan… :) but it does appear that the Yankees are at a cornerstone (or close to it) seeing as Jeter, Posada, and Mo are all coming up to the end of their careers. It seems like they have some work to do replacing those guys, but it’s the Yankees. They aren’t going to have anything close to a rebuilding year anytime soon since they will still have Tex, Cano, and A-roid in the middle of their lineup. They are always going to be good, I guess I have just accepted it by now.

        Admittedly, I know not a whole lot about the AL East, but the Jays and O’s look much, much better, at least offensively. One thing I know, is that a friend of mine’s cousin is in the Jays minor league system…. but I digress. Anyway, the question mark to me would be their pitching staffs. (sp?)

  10. Cards_Fan_93 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: Rangers
    AL Wildcard: Athletics

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Cardinals
    NL West: Rockies
    NL Wildcard: Reds

    ALCS: Red Sox over Twins
    NLCS: Phillies over Cardinals
    WS: Phillies over Red Sox

  11. Jonathunder 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Angels
    AL Wildcard: Yankees

    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Reds
    NL West: Giants
    NL Wildcard: Phillies
    ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
    NLCS: Braves over Phillies
    WS: Braves over Red Sox

  12. metsman 4 years ago

    Emaus NL ROY? I find that really interesting, I hope Howard is on to something. It got the Mets on the board in some shape or form so that’s nice.

    • dawgpaddlez 4 years ago

      im a mets fan..but eamus as rookie of the year seems a little outlandish to me too…either that guy lives in vegas or is a jays fan or something..

      • metsman 4 years ago

        As a outlandish as it is, It’s probably the least outlandish way you could insert the Mets into any of the considerations. Although I’m not sure why everyone is so high on the Braves, I think it’s about as misguided as predicting the Mets end up in last place. I see the Mets ending up in third and the Braves second, losing out on the wild card to the Brewers or Reds.

  13. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    see three different writers predict crawford winning the MVP award. that would just blow me away, as he doesn’t have the kind of stats that win over baseball writers. and several of his teammates do

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      That really surprised me too. I like Crawford a lot and I think he has a good year, but he’s not a HR/RBI kinda guy, which is what gets you MVP votes.

      Unrelated but did you see Beckett tonight? He had everything working for him.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        almost every sox fan i know — even the ones that are savvy baseball people — is expecting beckett to have a bad to very bad season. goes without saying that most everyone outside of boston thinks so too

        i’m not seeing it. his velocity wasn’t down, his swinging strikes weren’t down, and if anything he has more weapons now than he’s had before. like 2006, 2010 was about command. the guy seems to get in his own head and makes small problems big, protracted ones

        having said that, command is very correctable. i expect beckett to correct it and have a very solid 2011. and if he can use his change-up and cutter effectively, he could have a season that’s much better than solid

        • MB923 4 years ago

          Beckett does well in odd number years. I certainly don’t see him doing as bad as he did last year (when he did pitch). Same for AJ Burnett actually. But I don’t expect Great numbers from either of these 2 guys either.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            The whole odd year Beckett thing really is a misnomer. He arguably pitched better in ’08 than he did in ’09, only the results weren’t as good. I could even make a case that he pitched at least as well in ’08 as he did in ’07. In ’08 he had the highest K/9, second lowest HR/9, and second lowest FIP of his time with the Sox and the lowest BB/9 and xFIP of his career. Anyway, I couldn’t say that I expect great numbers from Beckett, but I will say that I wont be shocked by them. It really did seem to be all about command last year rather than “stuff” for Beckett.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          I’m with you. He is supposed to have improved his change-up too, more movement and 2-3 MPH slower. I wouldn’t be too shocked to see him go back to the ’07-’09 Beckett.

        • EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

          I agree with you totally about command. Obviously the Beckett from 07 is not going to be back, but I could see him getting 14-16 wins and an ERA of 3.60-4.00.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            I expect the same from Beckett.

            How do you think Clay will do? I don’t think he will have the same ERA or an even better ERA than he did last year though. On the plus side he definitley will throw more innings (if he’s consistent that is). I expect a better year out of Lackey. Dice-K who knows. And Lester will probably have a Lester year.

          • EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

            For Clay, I also feel the ERA will be higher I mean he had like a 2.33 last year and that is hard to replicate. I’d say 15-17 wins for clay and an ERA around 3.35-3.75. Lackey I’d expect basically the same from him that I would Beckett 14-16 wins ERA 3.60-4.00 though I think he has a better chance of having an ERA under 4. I think the Sox would be happy with 10-12 wins from Dice-K and an ERA of like 4.00-4.30 he is the number 5 guy after all. If Lester can have a good first month and not lay an egg like in years past. I could see 18-20 wins ERA of 2.80-3.20 and his 200+ K’s.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            clay’s ERA will be higher, but he may actually end up pitching better than he did last year. there’s lots of room for his strikeouts to increase and his walks could also go down

      • MB923 4 years ago

        Dustin Pedroia not much of a HR/RBI guy and won MVP in 2008 with 17 HR 83 RBI (definitely earned it though)

        And who can forget Ichiro’s MVP in 2001 with 8 HR and 55 RBI.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          Sure, it certainly happens, but that’s more the exception than the rule.

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

          The exception that proves the rule. I can’t remember much of the 2001 playing field, but Pedroia only won the 2008 MVP because there was a very thin field of candidates for the award. Teixeira was was one of only two players with a better WAR in the AL and he played half the season in the NL. The other was Sizemore, but his counting stats didn’t really stand out in the way writers generally lean toward (His low BA killed him, despite putting up better numbers in general) A-Rod had better offensive stats, but Pedroia’s impressive fielding more than closed that gap.

          Sizemore’s the only guy in the AL I could say probably deserved it more, but playing for a crappy team and that low BA killed his chances.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            I actually remember thinking at the time that Pedroia was (arguably) not even the most likely player on the Red Sox to get the MVP. I actually thought that Youkilis was more likely to get the award than Pedroia was since he put up better offensive numbers, which is what generally gets you MVP votes.

      • chuckables 4 years ago

        Surprised me too, to see Crawford so much for MVP. Although, his numbers will surely be inflated in that lineup. He has all the protection in the world.

  14. mac_aberdeen77 4 years ago

    AMERICAN LEAGUE
    WEST: Texas Rangers
    CENTRAL: Minnesota Twins
    EAST: Boston Red Sox
    WILD CARD: Chicago White Sox

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Michael Piñeda
    MVP: Joe Mauer
    CY YOUNG: Felix Hernandez

    NATIONAL LEAGUE
    WEST: San Francisco Giants
    CENTRAL: Cincinnati Reds
    EAST: Atlanta Braves
    WILD CARD: Philadelphia Phillies

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Brandon Belt
    MVP: Albert Pujols
    CY YOUNG: Roy Halladay

    NLCS: Braves over Reds
    ALCS: Twins over Red Sox
    WORLD SERIES: Twins over Braves

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      How’d you get the ~ over Michael Pineda’s name. I’ve never been able to figure it out.

    • MSUcorner 4 years ago

      I like where you’re going with the Twins, as a Twins fan of course. Right now as it sits, I’d be shocked if the WC came from the east, so good call on the ChiSux.

      The East is so unpredictable in my opinion. I see all 5 teams capable of beating each other. The Yankees and Red Sox are both weak in the rotation, and made no offensive upgrades (crawford + A-Gon replacing V-Mart and Beltre is a wash, you’re high if you think otherwise). Baltimore is going to be exceptionally improved this year, and will steal a lot of wins from the Two Empires, as will the Blue Jays. I have a hard time counting the Rays out, just based on their style of play and possible depth within the organization. Hellickson has the potentially of more than making up for Garza, and they may be able to get a combination of players to replace Crawford’s production. I think I see the Rays skating over the dogpile in the East.

      Rangers did what they did without Cliff Lee, so he wasn’t a huge loss. They actually played worse once he came over. But I see the Athletics pitching staff as much better than the questions marks in Texas. It’s going to be tight between those two. I feel the A’s are due, but that Nolan refuses to let them lose. I gotta go Rangers though, last year was a big turning point for that club.

      AL East: Rays
      AL Central: Twins
      AL West: Rangers
      AL WC: Athletics

      NL East: Braves
      NL Central Brewers
      NL West: Rockies
      NL WC: Giants

      Phillies have a ridiculous pitching staff, but what the yankees and red sox lack in pitching, the Phillies lack in offense and health. I don’t think they are built for a full season. In a play off series? Yeah they’d be great, but not over 162 games, you have to score runs. I cite example 1, the Mariners of the first half of 2010.

      • Soxman17 4 years ago

        LOL! “ChiSux”. I see what you did there….very creative!

  15. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    Clayton Kershaw wins Cy Young oh man thats funny what future brain surgeon wrote that , maybe in a few more years . i think he is good dont get me wrong but come on man dont be one of those guys who picks crazy picks and then when one of your ten off the wall picks actually wins. you act like a genius ,

  16. NL West: Rockies
    NL Central: Reds
    NL East: Phillies
    NL Wild Card: Braves

    AL West: Rangers
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL East: Red Sox
    AL wild Card: Yankees

    NLCS: Rockies over Phillies

    ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees

    World Series: Red Sox over Rockies

    AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez

    NL MVP: Troy Tulowitzki

    AL Cy Young: David Price

    NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

  17. The Cardinals are being highly underrated by nearly everyone.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      They lost their best pitcher and Carpenter has shown in spring that he is a possible DL candidate. The team is just not that good. If Pujols or Holliday go on the DL (even for 15 days) the Cards will fall back in the standings FAST. It’s not a good time to be a St. Louis fan. All you can do is hope for the best and pray Pujols will come back for under 300MM. The Cardinals 10 year reign of terror is about to end. Sorry.

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

        Sorry for you, but it’s alway a good time to be a Cardinals fan. This team is better than it’s given credit for. Obviously they are not the favorite to with the Central, but with Albert, Holliday, and Rasmus in the middle of the order and the rotation still as good as most teams…….this team is being seriously underrated. The Cardinals WILL compete through August, and that is a garauntee. If Albert comes back it doesn’t matter, it’s about this year, and the Cardinals will be right in the thick of things when August rolls around, then you never know what happens.

  18. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    AL
    East- Sox
    West-Angels
    Central-Twins
    Wildcard-Yankees

    NL
    East-Braves
    West-Rockies
    Central-Reds
    Wild Card-Phillies

    AL MVP- I desperately want to say anyone else but Adrian Gonzalez… but after looking at his home spray chart applied Fenway, if he stays healthy he should win..If not him Hamilton for the repeat.

    NL MVP-Tulo

    AL ROY- Hellickson
    NL ROY-Freeman

    AL CY- Price
    NL CY- Lee

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      i assume everyone who is giving the nod to tulo over pujols is just doing so because the rox have a better shot at the playoffs than STL?

      did you not pick a WS winner because the playoffs are a virtual toss-up?

      OR IS IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO…MAHBLES! YOU HAVE NO MAHBLES?!

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        re: tulo- yes, I think the Rockies make the playoffs and cards don’t.

        I’m a gambler.. last year every dime I won on betting on the rangers, I lost by betting against the giants. .

        Moral of the story, anything can happen.. but if I had to pick a WS winner today, I’d pick the Rockies.

        what are your picks oh wise one? I’m curious

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          indians in 6

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            you think they’ll be eliminated from the post season after just 6 regular season games?

            Harsh dude

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          i’m a gambler too, for srs. and that’s why i hate preseason predictions for baseball. a 6 month 162 game season is just too volatile too predict with any confidence at all. it’s just useless. having said that, here are my completely ordinary predictions

          AL
          East – BOS
          West – OAK
          Central – CHI
          WildCard – NYY

          NL
          East – PHI
          West – COL
          Central – MIL
          WildCard – ATL

          AL MVP – Gonzalez
          NL MVP – Pujols

          AL ROY – Hellickson
          NL ROY – Freeman

          AL CY – Verlander
          NL CY – Lee

          and like i said, cleveland in 6

    • OKGOJAYS85 4 years ago

      I have to agree with everything except the Yankees getting the WC. As a Jays fan I hope they get it together a year early and make a push (probably not this year) but I think the Yankees are going to struggle on the mound enough that their hitting will not be able to compensate. I think baltimore will be much better this year and drag down the win totals of all of the AL east teams. I expect there to be a pretty good race come september without a true bottom dweller in the East. With that said there is a good chance for a central team who beats up on KC, Detroit, and Cleveland this year to pull out the wild card or be right there to the end. The Sox will most likely win the East but be under their projected 95 wins, they play too many good teams.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        I wouldn’t hold your breathe with our fair blue jays.. Realistically, we got worse from last year.. No Marcum, No Wells.. now I loved both trades, they we’re both future trades.

        Not to mention that we probably won’t win 15 games vs the orioles this year. .Garza’s out of the division which is good.. If they finish .500 I’d be ecstatic.

  19. RiverKKiller999 4 years ago

    Damn, some one picked Brandon Beachy for NL Rookie of the year? Bold choice.

  20. buchachan 4 years ago

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Giants
    NL Wild Card: Braves

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: A’s
    AL Wild Card: Tigers

    NLCS: Braves over Brewers

    ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox

    WS: Red Sox over Braves

    NL MVP: HanRam

    AL MVP: Morneau

    NL Cy Young: Grienke

    AL Cy Young: Lester

    NL ROY: Freeman

    AL ROY: Hellickson

    • Donskoy 4 years ago

      I love Morneau and I think he’ll have a good year coming off that whole concussion business, but there’s no way he can win AL MVP if the Twins come in third in the central.

  21. Braves
    Reds
    Rockies
    Phillies

    Red Sox
    White Sox
    Rangers
    Yankees

    Red Sox over Rangers
    Rockies over Phillies

    Red Sox over Rockies

    MVP Pujols
    Gonzalez

    CY Gallardo
    Hernandez

    ROY Belt
    Hellickson

  22. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    AL East: Yankees
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Athletics
    AL Wild Card: Tigers

    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Reds
    NL West: Rockies
    NL Wild Card: Brewers

    ALDS: White Sox over Yankees
    ALDS: Tigers over Athletics
    NLDS: Braves over Reds
    NLDS: Brewers over Rockies
    ALCS: White Sox over Tigers
    NLCS: Brewers over Braves
    WS: (drum roll please) Brewers over White Sox

    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
    NL MVP: Carlos Gonzalez
    AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Not being biased, I just actually think that’s how this will end up.)
    NL Cy Young: Edison Volquez
    AL Rookie of the Year: Chris Sale
    NL Rookie of the Year: Aroldis Chapman

    Yeah, that looks about right. I hope it didn’t look too biased. I really think that both Cabrera, who finished second in MVP voting last year, will win it this year and that Verlander, judging by how he’s pitched in spring (Sub 1.00 ERA,) can win the Cy Young.

  23. jammin502 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Tigers
    AL West: Rangers
    AL Wildcard: Yankees

    NL EAST: Phillies
    NL Central: Cubs
    NL West: Rockies
    NL Wildcard: Reds

    NLCS: Phillies over Rockies
    ALCS: Red Sox over Rangers

    WS: Red Sox over Phillies

    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
    NL MVP: Carlos Gonzalez
    AL ROY: Dustin Ackley
    NL ROY: Craig Kimbrel
    AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver
    NL Cy Young: Ubaldo Jimenez

    • guest_54 4 years ago

      If Kimbrel wins ROY, I think the Braves make the playoffs. Reason being, he will be at least a part-time closer (with other opportunities possibly going to Venters). If he gets enough opportunities and saves to win ROY, I think that will mean the Braves win a lot of games and he earns most of the saves. Just an idea though.

      • jammin502 4 years ago

        If I predict he will win ROY, that should be your first clue that he doesn’t have a chance LOL. Good luck to your Braves! I will be rooting for my Cubs!

  24. jammin502 4 years ago

    Dang, I thought about this pretty hard, and we both came up with the same MVPs! Not much else is the same though lol.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      We both have the Rockies and Tigers but have them getting in differently. I gues thats worth something.

  25. thomel 4 years ago

    Hooray, I get to call a very rational, but unique set of predictions:) I hate to break it to the junior leage fans, but times a changing! Someone follow up with this so I get cred later!

    ALE: Blue Jays
    ALC: Royals
    ALE: Angels
    ALWC: Rays
    NLE: Phillies
    NLC: Brewers
    NLW: Giants
    NLWC: Padres

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      The leafs have a better chance at the 2011 stanley cup then the jays do at the 2011 AL east pennant

      • thomel 4 years ago

        Sounds like you are ready to be an analyist on ESPN! Perhaps we should just skip the regular season and go strait to the Red Sox v Phillies in the WS. THat way we can get to the non-existent football seseon sooner.

        Did you really make a hockey reference with regards to the Blue Jays?? What’s next a soccer reference for the Padres.
        ________________________________________

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          the fact that you can’t be realistic opens you up to more criticism .

          I’m a die hard jays fan, but I’m not going to sit here and pretend like we have gotten better from last year.. not to mention the teams that have gotten better from last year, while the jays got worse.

          Luckily our smart gm knows better to fall in to the 85 win trap.

          • thomel 4 years ago

            Hmmm, what can I say, I have processed statistics that I created as a professional 3D statistician guiding my predictions. Not just presumptions about wins, losses, ERA, and OPS, cause like you said, what can you learn from spring training?…nothing if you only read the internet! It’s all actually good news for you unless of course you are one of those guys like the character played by Randy Quaid in Major League 2 that likes to hate your team until they win the pennant.

  26. scottandwtb 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Rangers
    AL Wild Card: Rays

    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Reds
    NL West: Rockies
    NL Wild Card: Giants

    AL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hellickson
    NL Rookie of the Year: Freddie Freeman
    AL Cy Young: Jon Lester
    NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
    NL MVP: Albert Pujols

    ALDS: Red Sox over Rangers, White Sox over Rays
    NLDS: Braves over Giants, Rockies over Reds
    ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
    NLCS: Braves over Rockies
    World Series: Red Sox over Braves

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      So many bold predictions…. not

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

        He has the Yankees, Giants, and Phillies missing the playoffs. Not really predictions that you can gripe about for picking all of the “favorites”

      • scottandwtb 4 years ago

        Are you suggesting I make bold predictions just for bold predictions sake?

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          thats a bold accusation

          • scottandwtb 4 years ago

            Perhaps I’ll just keep eating my BOLD flavor Chex Mix then.

  27. Guest 4 years ago

    No one ever mentions Danny Espinosa for ROY, he has a very good chance and apparently is under the rader

  28. JA 4 years ago

    March 2011
    AL East

  29. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    Too much love for the Athletics and Brewers among the official MLBTRers. 2 sub-.500 clubs if I’m being forced to put money down. Everything else seems reasonable.

    I, as a relatively unbiased fan of an irrelevant team, choose:

    Braves
    Reds
    Rockies
    Phillies(WC)

    Red Sox
    White Sox
    Rangers
    Yankees(WC)

    … and will go out on a limb and predict that whichever team wins the most postseason games will also win the World Series (okay, I’ll say the Phillies will beat the White Sox).

  30. AL East: Boston
    AL Central: Chicago
    AL West: Texas
    AL Wildcard: Baltimore
    Boston beats Texas
    Chicago beats Baltimore
    Boston beats Chicago

    NL East: Atlanta
    NL Central: Cincinnati
    NL West: San Francisco
    NL Wildcard: Philadelphia
    Atlanta beats San Francisco
    Philadelphia beats Cincinnati
    Philadelphia beats Atlanta

    Boston over Philadelphia 4-2

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Jay Bruce
    AL ROY: Zach Britton
    NL ROY: Freddie Freeman
    AL CY YOUNG: CC Sabathia
    NL CY YOUNG: Tim Lincecum

  31. To the three that picked Carl Crawford to win MVP: Fail.

    • EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

      It is really not that big of a fail. Crawford is now playing for team that last year was 2nd in runs with Ellsbury, Pedroia and Youkilis out for a good chunk of the season. Now stick Crawford in with a healthy Ellsbury, Pedroia and Youkilis PLUS Adrian Gonzalez the potential for an MVP type year is there.

      • Redbirds16 4 years ago

        yes, but that’s an argument for an MV5, which makes it harder for any one singular player to bring home the hardware (see the results of the Cardinals MV3 in the early naughts).

        Could Crawford win it? Sure. But personally I don’t think he’s the best pick on his team, much less the entire league.

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        Crawford really just doesn’t put up big numbers in the right columns to generally get many MVP votes.

        • EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

          While this is true it still could happen. My point was it is not a fail to choose someone of his caliber as MVP.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            I don’t disagree, and I wouldn’t call it a fail, but it did surprise me to see his name there not just by one person but by multiple.

  32. AL East: Yankees
    AL Central: Chicago
    AL West: Angels
    AL Wildcard: Boston
    Angels beats Yankees
    Chicago beats Boston
    Angels beats Chicago

    NL East: Atlanta
    NL Central: Cincinnati
    NL West: San Francisco
    NL Wildcard: Philadelphia
    Atlanta beats Cincinnati
    San Francisco beats Philadelphia
    Atlanta beats San Francisco

    Angels over Atlanta 4-2

    AL MVP: Robinson Cano
    NL MVP: Buster Posey
    AL ROY: Jeremy Hellickson
    NL ROY: Brandon Belt
    AL CY YOUNG: Jared Weaver
    NL CY YOUNG: Tim Lincecum

  33. deliciouspie 4 years ago

    Seriously, nobody picked Felix Hernandez for the AL Cy Young? It’s not he was particularly lucky last season, and he has the stuff to sustain it, and has been incredibly healthy throughout his career. For some reason it seems like everyone has suddenly decided that Jon Lester is going to take a big step forward this season, which is far from a guarantee. He might rack up the wins pitching for the loaded Red Sox, but I think Felix’s win last year showed that pitcher wins are on the way out as far as Cy Young voting goes. Of course, there are lots of other good pitchers in the league who could very well win it, but I think Felix has to be the favorite at this point, looking at track records. Most people seem to be playing it safe by picking Halladay in the NL, and it seems silly that nobody seems to want to do that for the AL award.

    • Felix could very well repeat. If you look at the stats, Weaver was right there with him last year. I don’t remember the exact stat but Felix did not allow a run in over 200 of his total innings pitched… Crazy!!! I just like Weaver’s chances this year.

      • deliciouspie 4 years ago

        Weaver was great last season as well and could very well win it this year, but none of the writers here (or anywhere else that I’ve seen for that matter) picked him, either. It’s Jon Lester all the time everywhere, and to me that makes no sense at all.

        IMO, the most likely winners this year (in descending order) are

        Felix
        Verlander
        Weaver
        Lester
        Brett Anderson

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

          I’m a Sox fan and a gigantic Lester fanboy, but I can’t say I sincerely disagree here. I would probably flop Weaver and Verlander, though and I’d consider it a tossup between Lester and Weaver.

          Lester’s quite possibly the best lefty in the AL and I could see him taking it, but it would involve Hernandez regressing and the Angels performing poorly for him to take it, in my opinion. I’d put all my money on Hernandez either way.

          Plus, I’m actively pulling for Lester to finish at three at the highest. Any higher and he can opt out of the last year of his contract.

  34. cookmeister 4 years ago

    well, most of the writer’s picked Crawford and others to go to the Angels this offseason and they didn’t…. maybe not picking them to win will have the opposite results

  35. Guest 4 years ago

    Atlanta’s the sleeper team that wins it all!

  36. my predictions are

    nl east philiadelphia finishing two games above the braves
    nl west la dodgers 5 games above the giants
    nl central cubs 3 games over the cards 4 over the reds
    nl wildcard braves

    al west texas 2 games over oakland
    al east toronto 2 games over boston 7 games over yankees
    al central twins 2 games over detroit 5 games over white sox
    al wildcard boston

    world series cubs over toronto in 7

    • OKGOJAYS85 4 years ago

      I love your optimism for the Jays but probably not this year…unfortunately

    • Soxman17 4 years ago

      I guess some Cub fans started drinking the day BEFORE opening day in Wrigleyville.

  37. Frogger 4 years ago

    Spring training wins can be telling:
    link to bats.blogs.nytimes.com

    Oh, and go brewers

  38. Charles Tetrick 4 years ago

    I really think Zach Britton for the O’s can be ROY, he had a outstanding spring against some formidable lineups. Other than that the predictions are what they should be…best guesses

  39. Jays All The Way 4 years ago

    My guess

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Athletics
    AL WC: Jays

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Reds
    NL West: Rockies
    NL WC: Braves

    ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
    NLCS: Reds over Phillies
    WS: Red Sox over Reds

    • OKGOJAYS85 4 years ago

      Angels over Athletics but this is a prediction I can get behind…Go Jays

  40. Devern Hansack 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: A’s
    AL Wild Card: Blue Jays
    ALCS: Red Sox over Blue Jays
    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Rockies
    NL Wild Card: Phillies
    NLCS: Rockies over Braves
    World Series: Red Sox over Rockies
    AL MVP: Joe Mauer
    NL MVP: Albert Pujols
    AL ROY: Kyle Drabek
    NL ROY: Brandon Belt
    AL Cy Young: Brandon Morrow
    NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      Brandon Morrow for Cy young!!!

      I think he def has one in his future

  41. Ok .. I’ll Play.

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Athletics
    AL WC: Yankees

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Rockies
    NL WC: Braves

    ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
    NLCS: Phillies over Rockies
    WS: Phillies over Red Sox

    Yes, I’m a Phillies fan – but I really think they can do it this year.

  42. Jfb95 4 years ago

    I like the braves for the east, and Freeman for Roy !

  43. RedbirdRuffian 4 years ago

    Red Sox are a lock, Yankees are old and an injury or two away from battling the O’s for last place. Have not seen any mention of the Japaneese batting champ signed by the Twins Nishioka, should be a strong candidate for roy and hitting in front of Mauer should see plenty of good pitches.

  44. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    My only concern with the A’s is that their pitching staff has received so much focus..that they might be a little overated.

  45. AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: A’s
    Wild Card: Twins
    ALCS: Red Sox over A’s
    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
    AL Cy Young: Brett Anderson
    AL ROY: Jeremy Hellickson

    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Giants
    Wild Card: Phillies
    NLCS: Brewers over Giants
    NL MVP: Albert Pujols
    NL Cy Young: Cliff Lee
    NL ROY: Brandon Belt

    World Series: Brewers over Red Sox

  46. AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Tigers
    AL West: Rangers
    AL WC: Yankees

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Brewers
    NL West: Rockies
    NL WC: Giants

    ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees
    NLCS: Phillies over Brewers
    World Series: Red Sox over Phillies

    NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum
    AL Cy Young: Feliz Hernandez

    NL MVP: Prince Fielder
    AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez

  47. Redbirds16 4 years ago

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: Rangers
    AL WC: White Sox

    NL East: Braves
    NL Central: Cardinals
    NL West: Giants
    NL WC: Phillies

    ALCS: Red Sox over Twins
    NLCS: Braves over Cards
    WS: Braves over Red Sox

    NL MVP: Pujols
    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
    NL Cy Young: Halladay
    AL Cy Young: Price
    NL ROY: Freeman
    AL ROY: Hellickson

    Maybe I’m a bit of a homer.

  48. Gumby65 4 years ago

    My picks are in bold:
    AL East—Usually I disdain the fact that this is the only division in baseball as far as the media is concerned, and yeah, I live on the West Coast. But I like what’s going on in Tampa Bay bringing in Johnny Damon, who will probably perform as he has the last year or two, and Manny Ramirez, who I think will probably bring back numbers looking more like 2008 than the last 2 years. Baltimore, with their mix of serviceable vets and young talent, and oh wait, that Buck Showalter guy has made sure you know he’s running the team (in the news if not on the field). All that said, if you watch ESPN, MLB Network, or your local cable access show of choice, you already know that first place will go to Boston Red Sox, followed buy those NY Yankees people.
    AL Central: None of the accredited professional people picked the Detroit Tigers; I thought they’d get a little bit more respect than that, so chalk me up for them! I like the Twins’ makeup too, but White Sox second.
    AL West: Maybe the Rangers, if only because they get to play 81 games in Arlington. Rafael Palmiero, Juan Gonzales, Pudge Rodriguez, who needs pitching? Oooops, old notes, let me rephrase that… Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre… Rangers actally do need pitching. Oakland Athletics to win the West.
    NL East: Phillies’ pitching RIDICULOUS, probably best since Palmer, McNally, Cuellar & Dobson (back when pitchers went longer than 5 and 2/3 innings). The Atlanta Braves have pretty doggoned good team all around. Other than the Tigers, this is my out on a limb pick.
    NL Central: I really want to give props to Doug Melvin for making some ballsy moves as GM, pulling the trigger on some good deals for his team; 2 legitimate offensive superstars and a very, VERY respectable rotation. However, the Cincinnati Reds get my nod; having a similarly talented roster, but for some reason I still give the Reds the nod. Shame I can’t list the Cards & Cubs, because personally I like both teams, but it’s not just their time.
    NL West: Okay, this is where my pick can easily be invalidated as a “homer”, but yes, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ownership sucks, but thankfully I can tune that out. This is a team full of “IF’S”, but I feel positive about them just the same. Going where it matters, the rotation one through five, I’d put up against any other teams as at the very least, competitive. The main heart of the lineup is where a difference needs to be made, with Ethier, Kemp & Loney needing to have “expected” years, though not necessarily career years. The Giants lineup may have in some peoples eye’s (including mine initially), played over their heads, but they are for real. Posey, Belt & a slimmed down Sandoval can hurt the NL West for years to come. Colorado is the “sexy” pick with some under-publicized (if not underrated) performances by Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzales & Ubaldo Jimenez, but I still like LA to bounce back. By the way, The Padres look like they have put together a team that nobody should expect to be a nice host when they go to visit sunny San Diego. Arizona? They have a nice pool in right-center if you go to visit.

  49. aceman515 4 years ago

    Nationals for the east?? lol, sorry thats just too funny

  50. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    reimhold MVP and Chen and Samarzidja for Cy young too funny , and the cubs, you are creative with your irony

  51. MB923 4 years ago

    No Mariners in the AL West? And No Indians for the WC? No Pirates in the Central?

  52. Guest 4 years ago

    This postseason would be a dream come true. All underdog teams.

  53. hilarious

    it’s a joke right? right…

  54. chuckables 4 years ago

    hahaha. Is this a post from the future? 2016, perhaps? I’m a red sox fan and I can’t wait for the Royals to be the next Rays.

  55. FunkyTime 4 years ago

    Nice predictions. I also think Manny Ramirez is going to win his first Gold Glove this year.

  56. Lanidrac 4 years ago

    Nice call on the Diamondbacks. 😉

  57. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    palmer making another comeback might help with the addition of a time machine

  58. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    dont you mean #$&#$#@$$%%^^(*&?:”{}|_)( ing Weaver

  59. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    the mlb needs the D.C. for just that perfect time to hype up your team after a bad call

  60. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Gentelmen, you are definitley on to something.

  61. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    thats the only thing you found appalling?

  62. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I didn’t like their offseason, but they still have a very good rotation.

    A lot of things went wrong for them, Texas will have a hard time preventing runs, A’s will have a hard time producing runs.

    Realistically any of those teams could win the division and I wouldn’t be surprised.

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