April 4, 2010

2010 MLB Preseason Predictions

With a new season just about to get underway, it’s time for another set of preseason predictions. I don’t want to give anything away, but… Yankees in 4.

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

AL Central
1. Tigers
2. Twins
3. White Sox
4. Indians
5. Royals

AL West
1. Angels
2. Mariners
3. Rangers
4. Athletics

NL East
1. Phillies
2. Braves
3. Marlins
4. Nationals
5. Mets

NL Central
1. Cardinals
2. Brewers
3. Reds
4. Cubs
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL West
1. Dodgers
2. Giants*
3. Rockies
4. Diamondbacks
5. Padres

*Wild Card Winner

AL Champion: Yankees
NL Champion: Giants
World Series Champion: Yankees, 4 games

A few notes:
- The Yankees rotation will stay healthy once again and prove overpowering in the playoffs. The combination of durability and strikeouts is very tough to beat, especially with an excellent bullpen and an even better offense.
- AL West race will be the most exciting in baseball. The Mariners look strong, but the Angels have a much deeper rotation and superior manager.
- Sorry, Mets. With only one starter and an injury-filled lineup, the Mets’ goal this season should be to get healthy for 2011.
- The Giants are very good. Their rotation could be the best in the NL, and Pablo Sandoval is an X-factor.

AL MVP: Evan Longoria
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
AL Cy: Felix Hernandez
NL Cy: Tim Lincecum
AL RoY: Austin Jackson
NL RoY: Jason Heyward
AL Manager: Joe Girardi
NL Manager: Bruce Bochy

Yankee Stats:
Robinson Cano RBIs: 109
Javier Vazquez wins: 16
Jorge Posada AVG: .262
Nick Johnson HR: 21
Curtis Granderson HR: 29 
Joba Chamberlain Ks: 100
Phil Hughes ERA: 4.40
Brett Gardner SB: 55
Jesus Montero GS: 15

Last year’s predictions
Last year’s results

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