I know, predictions three weeks into a season are pretty lame, but I didn’t think to start a blog until yesterday so cut me some slack. Trust me, I actually wrote these picks down on a post-it note before the season started – who would lie about a pathetic thing like that? Plus, after you read these you’ll quickly realize they were definitely not influenced by the performances of the first couple weeks.
AL East Division Champions: New York Yankees
Wow, there’s a big surprise. I wanted to go with something more interesting like the Rays or the Sox, but just look at that line-up. And the rotation proved last year they have everything it takes to go all the way.
AL Central Division Champions: Detroit Tigers
Yeah, I’m a homer, but I really like the shrewd, tough moves Dombrowski made in the off-season. The youngest rotation in the majors has the potential to be dominant and the offense should be able to do just enough to put them on top of the division.
AL West Division Champions: Texas Rangers
The pitching has finally caught up to the offense. Really, I’m just sick of watching the Angels in the playoffs.
AL Wild Card: Chicago White Sox
On principle, I can’t stand this organization, but I also can’t help but admire the rotation and bullpen they’ve put together.
NL East Division Champions: Atlanta Braves
Rotation, rotation, rotation. It’s a common theme with my picks and I love what the Braves have assembled. And Jason Heyward might just be the next Man-Ram.
NL Central Division Champions: Chicago Cubs
To quote Joe Pesci’s character in Casino, Nicky Santoro: “‘Cause I’m fuckin’ stupid.” For some reason I really believe not having the pressure of being the favorite to win the division will work in the Cubs favor this year.
NL West Division Champions: Arizona Diamondbacks
Even though I’m violating my “rotation, rotation, rotation” mantra, there’s just too much offensive talent there to bet against them.
NL Wild Card: Philadelphia Phillies
Looking at those names in the batting order along with the addition of Halladay to the rotation makes me think I should’ve just picked them to win the division.
World Series: Philadelphia Phillies over the New York Yankees in 6
BO-RING!! I’m ashamed of myself.
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, DET
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, SEA
NL MVP: Justin Upton, ARI
NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay, PHI