May 4, 2021

2021 MLB Predictions: Judge, Andujar & Kluber

I know I'm late this year but we're basically starting a new season today with the Yankees at an even 14-14... right? But seriously, I'm chalking up the Yankees' sluggish start to their strength of schedule – almost half of their games were against the Rays and Blue Jays, who I think will battle it out down to the wire for the final AL postseason spot.

AL East – no changes from last year's picks
1. Yankees
2. Blue Jays*
3. Rays

4. Red Sox
5. Orioles

Results from my 2020 predictions

Other than picking the Dodgers in 6 and Gio Urshela's batting average nearly on the nose, this year was another wash.

AL East 
1. Yankees INCORRECT (Rays)
2. Rays* INCORRECT (Yankees)
3. Blue Jays 
4. Red Sox INCORRECT (Orioles)
5. Orioles INCORRECT (Red Sox)

October 9, 2020

Do or Die: Yankees Look to Ride Cole Train to ALCS

In what may have been his last start dawning pinstripes, Masahiro Tanaka allowed the Rays to back the Yankees against a wall. But despite emptying the tanks of their elite relievers, the Yankees managed to force a Game 5 with one goal in mind: give the ball to Gerrit Cole.

The richest pitcher in baseball history will get his shot Friday night, pitching on three days rest for the first time in his career against what will likely be a tag-team of the Rays' top tier pitchers, starting with Tyler Glasnow. In other words, the Yankees will try to repeat their Game 1 performance and the Rays will try to follow the script from Game 2. 

It doesn't get much better than this. It's the biggest rivalry in the American League these days (sorry, Boston fans, but you lost that honor when you traded Mookie Betts). It's do or die. It's the most expensive lineup in baseball vs. a "stable of guys who throw 98 miles per hour." And with that, let's preview what we're going to see tonight.

July 23, 2020

2020 MLB Predictions: Judge, Cole & Loaisiga

Before I get into this year's predictions, I just want to say I wholeheartedly agree with Sean Doolittle's thoughts on playing this season: "Sports are like the reward of a functioning society."

That being said, it's Opening Day and I made these predictions with the assumption that they will finish the season (even though I don't think that will happen).

With the help of a Cy Young performance by Gerrit Cole, I have the Yankees finally returning to the World Series but not able to get past the loaded Dodgers. Two words: Miguel Andujar. Put him in left field or at first base and let him rake.

AL East 
1. Yankees
2. Rays*
3. Blue Jays

4. Red Sox
5. Orioles

Results from my 2019 predictions

Pretty sure this was my worst year of predictions ever.

AL East 
1. Red Sox INCORRECT (Yankees)
2. Yankees* 
3. Rays* INCORRECT (Red Sox)
4. Blue Jays CORRECT
5. Orioles CORRECT

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