MLB predictions from five of the most knowledgeable and bias baseball experts in North America and the Caribbean.
1. The Unassailable 2010 MLB Picks from Just North of the Border:
[Never, ever, start with the AL]
Philadelphia Phillies (They are monsters, pitch, hit, hit with power, Da Champs)
Atlanta Braves (Jason Heyward, rookie of the year; Braves give manager Bobby Cox a nice run in his last year)
New York Mets (Suck)
Florida Marlins (Good hit; only average pitching)
Washington Nationals (Even Stephen Straussburg can’t save this pitching staff)
St. Louis Cardinals (Should probably pick em to battle with the Phillies, but I hate LaRussa)
Chicago Cubs (Could be the wild card, but lots of “ifs”; A plus that Milton Bradley is gone)
Milwaukee Brewers (Will play .500 ball and be third in the Central agin)
Cincinnati Reds (Chapman got the big contract, but can these guys hit?)
Houston Astros (Play in a bandbox but can’t hit it out)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Those are really cool statues outside PNC Park)
Colorado Rockies (Speedy and powerful, plus decent pitching)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Manny, will he be weird and good or weird and bad?)
San Francisco Giants (First class pitching, but last year lowest OBP and only 122 homers)
San Diego Padres (Give me a break, camo unis?)
Arizona Diamondbacks (Lot’s of candidates for the bounce-back award)
New York Yanquis (They are like capitalism, I’ve got nothing good to say about them)
Tampa Bay Rays (Should have the guts to pick em to beat the Yanquis, love Carl Crawford; Soriano will be big time help)
Boston Red Sox (I’m tired of these guys, especially Papelbon, if it’s between NY and Bosox I’ll watch soccer)
Toronto Blue Jays (Cito will never get these guys going)
Baltimore Orioles (Love Boogs BBQ, but not much else to like in Balto…ceptin’ “The Wire”, sorry Kev and Larry)
Minnesota Twins (Out of the horrid HHH dome and on to the AL pennant and these boys can hit)
Chicago White Sox (Lot’s of pitching but not enough pop)
Detroit Tigers (Damon helps the offense, but not enough)
Cleveland Indians (Worst pitching in baseball from the team that’s traded away two recent Cy Young winners)
Kansas City Royals (Good young core, on the upswing but not there yet. I picked em below the Tribe to help Perry feel better when he talks baseball with Marty in April…”See Wayne thinks the Tribe is better than KC!”)
Seattle Mariners (Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, take that)
Los Angeles Angels (Figgins and Lackey are gone)
Texas Rangers (Wish I could pick em last, just based on past ownership, but the A’s are that bad)
Oakland A’s (Why on earth did Mr. and Mrs. Crisp name their kid “Coco”? Their No. 1 starter, Ben Sheets, missed all of ’09; has made 30 starts once since ’05.)
NL Pennant: Phillies
AL Pennant: Twins
WS Champs: Phillies
NL MVP: Albert Pujols (StL)
AL MVP: Evan Langoria (TB)
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay (PHL)
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET)
NL Rookie: Jason Heyward (ATL)
AL Rookie: Wade Davis (TB)
2. MLB Picks from The Edge of the Continent:
Tampa Bay will surprise and mercilessly stomp the Yankees into oblivion (or at least second place). I hate the Fucking Yankees. Toronto will be a surprise with their young, solid prospects.
It hurts me deeply to pick The Tribe last. They are but a shadow of the 2007 team that was one game from the World Series. The ownership in Cleveland is back to their 60’s and 70s style: CHEAP! So it will be a long year. Shin -Soo Choo will be an all star. Sizemore will comeback after injury. Pitching is dismal. Carmona is a head case. The Twins may win it all this year.
This may end up being a very competitive division in the AL. The A’s may surprise but will fall short. Milton Bradley will be tamed by the presence of the great Ken Griffey Jr. Cliff Lee may win 30 games if he is healthy.
The weakest division in all of baseball. It’s the Phillies and no one else. They could win this division by 15 games. No one else has game in this division. Atlanta is the only hope here to give the Phillies some competition. Will the Nationals (they need to put image of the the Capitol on their hats) win 55 games? It’s over by May 1st in this division. Only two teams over 500 in this division.
St. Louis will be just good enough to hold off the Cubs. The winner of this vision will win no more than 86 games; the weakest division winner in baseball. LaRussa is overrated. The Reds and Brewers may surprise a lot of teams and win some games. One of these two teams will finish over 500.
Another weak division. I hate to say it, but the Dodgers will end up on top of this mediocre group. The Giants have great pitching and no hitting. A lot of 2-1, 3-2, 5-4 losses are in their future. Giants fans will be jumping off the Golden Gate by July 4th. The Rockies may surprise the Dodgers. San Diego needs to dump the camouflage uniforms, then I’ll pick them higher.
American League Wild Card Team
National League Wild Card Team
Twins over the Yankees
Rays over Angels
Phillies over the Cardinals
Los Angeles over Cubs
Rays over Twins
Phillies over Los Angeles
Phillies over the Rays
AL MVP: Evan Longhoria, Rays
NL MVP: Albert Pujhols, Cardinals
Cy Young – AL: Cliff Lee – Mariners
Cy Young – NL: Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
3. MLB Picks 2010 by Himself (aka The Ethnarch of Puce; aka Del Cerro Bad Boy)
Well, I cannot stand the fucking Yankees either and hope that, well, I cannot say what I hope as the Michigan case now shows that the Sedition Laws are firmly in place.
But, here are my picks, having been humbled last year. Except everything I said last year was right. I stick to my premise of being the fairest of fair weather fans, especially since I just attended the LAST big league Spring training game ever at Hi Corbett field in Tucson, the Diamondbacks and Rockies left after demanding a billion dollar stadium from Tucson, moved to that desert horror, Phoenix, so I shall root for the game which is better than the people who own it and many of the people who play it too. Up the Lake Elsinore Storm, sez me!
Yankos (I cannot stand it and hope OBL changes this)
Rays (they restore the Devil name and it works)
Red Sox (losing Tiger Damon ruined ‘em)
Orioles (Baltimore, whadda pit)
Blue Jays (Canada hits bottom after the Olympic Crosby Nightmare)
Tigers (a homer call if ever there was one but Cabrera is sober, Willis may not be crazy, Damon might have another winner’s year, the rookies Might come through, yadayada)
Twinkies (how do they do it??)
Indians (river catches fire again but Indians do not)
Royals (killed off half the schools so what is left?)
Rangers (sheer guesswork)
Angels (LA is simply in the way and that is all that is worth knowing about it)
Phillies (the only real team in this league this year)
Mets (playing over their heads)
Nationals (that boy from San Diego will come up and help, but not enough)
Cards (Bob Gibson reborn in Wainright and Carpenter)
Pirates (pity the Pirates, Somalis are doing better than the Pitts boys)
San Diego (homer surprise! total speed Go go Pads –in camo! with flyovers! )
Rockies (my guess is injuries as the boys are not really better)
Giants (because I like to see Bochy chew his hat)
WS Winners –Bless those boys, it is a Tiger Year!!!!
It is 68 all over again! A great year! Woo hoo!
AL MVP–Tigers Cabrera
AL Cy Young—Verlander The Tiger
NL Cy Young—Wainwright Cards
4. From somewhere deep in the middle of Pennsylvania a Yanqui fan?:
How could such smart people be so dumb about baseball.
Yankees get 28th by beating the Rockies, who beat the Cards and the Braves. Joe’s boys beat Rays after beating the Twins.
Mets, Nats, Pirates, Stros, Diamondbacks, Padres, Os, Blue Jays, Cleveland, Royals, and As are no longer really trying to win or play baseball in some cases. There must be a salary cap in baseball after Jeter retires this Fall in order to become Governor of NY.
Jeter finally gets his MVP and then they break the mold in both leagues because Pujois is found to taking HGH or is that Arod?
No rookies of the year because the Yankees don’t play rookies. So why give awards away.
Halliday is DL after July sinking the wins.
5. Caribbean via the Charm City predictions for MLB 2010
Good morning all: Now for the correct predictions 🙂
First, as a native Baltimorean, a born and bred, livelong Orioles fan and a former longtime resident of Arizona, I am happy for a number of reasons: 1. The NFL season is less than 6 mos away; 2. Brian Matusz; 3. That the D’backs (my 2nd team) sent WR Anquan Boldin to the Ravens (good for Baltimore, a killer for AZ), and 4. That I live in Barbados 🙂
New Yankees (AL Pennant)
Boston Red Sox (Wild Card)
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Philadelphia Phillies (NL Pennant)
Atlanta Braves (Wild Card)
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
AL Wild Card: Red Sox AL MVP: Joe Mauer (Twins) AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez (Mariners) AL ROY: Brian Matusz (Orioles!!!!!!)
NL Wild Card: Braves NL MVP: Albert Pujols (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay (Phillies)
NL ROY: Jason Hayward (Braves)
WORLD SERIES: Yankees over Phillies
Socializing NASCAR is the best idea I’ve heard! Let’s go racin’ boys….