2011 MLB Predictions

28 03 2011

Wow, it’s been a long five month hiatus, but, I’m back.  Let’s cut the shenanigans. I’m not going to bore people with the details as to what I’ve been up to.  The past is the past, let’s move forward.

In 2010 I had the Phillies and Yankees as my pre-season picks, and, well, they couldn’t deliver.  I think last season was a clear indication that we have to start thinking outside of the box, right? I mean, who predicted the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants to make the World Series?  If you just said “I did”, then you’re the biggest liar in the world.  Yeah, I just called you out.

So, with that being said, should I pull an Anthony Castrovince and pick a San Diego Padres vs. Tampa Bay Rays World Series like he did last season?  No.  I’m not ripping rails, or puffin’ on that kush.  What a pipe dream that was, bud.

2011 looks like it could be a repeat of wacky and weird finishes like last year, but the World Series for sure looks like a clear cut pick.  No surprise teams this year folks. However, I see some interesting divisional finishes that could make the 2011 playoffs a very exciting time for some unexpected markets.

Without further adieu, here are my picks for the 2011 MLB Season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE


East

1. Philadelphia Phillies

2. Florida Marlins

3. Atlanta Braves

4. Washington Nationals

5. New York Mets


Central

1. Milwaukee Brewers

2. Cincinnati Reds

3. St. Louis Cardinals

4. Chicago Cubs

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

6. Houston Astros


West

1. Colorado Rockies

2. San Francisco Giants

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

4. San Diego Padres

5. Arizona Diamondbacks


National League Wild Card: Cincinnati Reds


Awards:

National League Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves

National League Rookie of the Year: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

National League Cy Young: Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers

National League MVP:  Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins


AMERICAN LEAGUE


East

1. Boston Red Sox

2. Toronto Blue Jays

3. New York Yankees

4. Tampa Bay Rays

5. Baltimore Orioles


Central

1. Minnesota Twins

2. Detroit Tigers

3. Chicago White Sox

4. Cleveland Indians

5. Kansas City Royals


West

1. Texas Rangers

2. Oakland Athletics

3. Anaheim Angels

4. Seattle Mariners


American League Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays


Awards:

American League Manager of the Year: John Farrell, Toronto Blue Jays

American League Rookie of the Year: J.P Arencibia, Toronto Blue Jays (edges Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays)

American League Cy Young: Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

American League MVP: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays


2011 MLB Post-Season Predictions


National League


NLDS:

Phillies over Reds in four games, Brewers over Rockies in five games.

NLCS:

Phillies over Brewers in six games.

American League


ALDS:

Red Sox over Rangers in three games, Blue Jays over Twins in five games.

ALCS:

Red Sox over Blue Jays in six games.

World Series:

Phillies over Red Sox in seven games


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