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#16 J. L.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

NL West: Dodgers (hate them, but I don't really have much confidence in their division rivals)
NL Central: Reds (they're awesome)
NL East: Braves (yes, overall the Nationals are slightly better, but I'm just in awe of the Braves' new outfield)
NL Wild Cards: Nationals, Diamondbacks

AL West: Angels (what I said about the Dodgers)
AL Central: Tigers (what I said about the Reds)
AL East: Blue Jays (what I said about the Tigers)
AL Wild Cards: Rangers, Athletics (that's right)

AL MVP: Adrian Beltre
NL MVP: Justin Upton

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
NL Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Jurickson Profar
NL ROY: Tyler Skaggs

AL Comeback Player: Mariano Rivera (even if he doesn't deserve it)
NL Comeback Player: Ryan Howard

Biggest disappointment: Giants
Biggest surprise: Athletics

Worst AL: Astros
Worst NL: Marlins

Cubs: 73-89, 4th place (ahead of Brewers)

World Series: Braves over Blue Jays

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:28 PM

NL West: Diamondbacks
NL Central: Reds
NL East: Nationals
NL Wild Cards: Braves, Dodgers

AL West: A's
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Blue Jays
AL Wild Cards: Rays, Rangers

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
NL MVP: Matt Kemp

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Runner-Up: David Price
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Runner-Up: Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Bruce Rondon Runner-Up: Jurickson Profar
NL ROY: Shelby Miller (sigh) Runner-Up: Didi Gregorius


AL Comeback Player: Mariano Rivera
NL Comeback Player: Troy Tulowitzki

Biggest disappointment: Angels (I have no faith in their rotation depth or defense, esp. up the middle)
Biggest surprise: A's surprise again and win the West

Worst AL: Astros by a long shot
Worst NL: Marlins

Cubs: Finish above Houston, Miami, New York, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Brewers

World Series: Nats over Rays in 6


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:43 PM

NL West: Dodgers
NL Central:Reds
NL East: Nats
NL Wild Cards: Braves and Giants

AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Jays
AL Wild Cards: Rays and Rangers

AL MVP: Cano
NL MVP: J Upton

AL Cy Young: Darvish
NL Cy Young: Kershaw

AL ROY: Profar
NL ROY: Andreltron Simmons (if still eligible) or Gyorko


AL Comeback Player: Mariano Rivera
NL Comeback Player: No idea

Biggest disappointment: Obviously gonna be the Yankees
Biggest surprise: Eric Hosmer finishes top 10 in AL MVP

Worst AL: Astros
Worst NL: Marlins

Cubs: 74-88. Deal Soriano at the deadline to the Rangers for Olt and a low level pitcher. DeJesus also gets dealt at the deadline for a midlevel prospect. Garza doesnt get dealt and gets extended for a little less than Anibal Sanchez got. Baker doesnt get dealt as he is never healthy and Marmol is moved for a lottery ticket at the deadline to the Angels

World Series: Nats over Jays in 5


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

NL West: Giants
NL Central: Cubs (What Cub fan would say otherwise before the year starts!)
NL East: Nationals
NL Wild Cards: Braves and Cardinals (just because they're like, always in the playoffs)

AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Rays (with the Yankees and Red Sox no longer odds on favorites, you have to pick the team that's always right there with em. They always compete.)
AL Wild Cards: Blue Jays and Yankees

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Anthony Rizzo (again - season hasn't started yet!)

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
NL Cy Young: Travis Wood (ok, that's a joke) Seriously - Stephen Strasburg

AL ROY: Aaron Hicks
NL ROY: Brett Jackson (awww, what the hell)

AL Comeback Player: Victor Martinez
NL Comeback Player: Troy Tulowitzki

Biggest disappointment: Jacoby Ellsbury and the Red Sox for a team. They will continue to slide.
Biggest Surprise: Luis Valbuena (what!?)

Worst AL: Astros (no brainer)
Worst NL: Marlins (poor ownership kills this club)

Cubs: 95-67.

World Series: Angels over Nationals in 7

GO CUBS!
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#20 hansman1982

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:01 PM

Cubs: 95-67.

World Series: Angels over Nationals in 7

GO CUBS!


HOW DARE YOU NOT PICKING THE CUBS TO WIN THE WS!!!!!!

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:14 PM


Cubs: 95-67.

World Series: Angels over Nationals in 7

GO CUBS!


HOW DARE YOU NOT PICKING THE CUBS TO WIN THE WS!!!!!!


My dreamworld is only so big!
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#22 King Jeff

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:54 AM



Cubs: 95-67.

World Series: Angels over Nationals in 7

GO CUBS!


HOW DARE YOU NOT PICKING THE CUBS TO WIN THE WS!!!!!!


My dreamworld is only so big!

So, the Cubs still choke in the playoffs in your dreams? Sonuvabitch.

#23 DocPeterWimsey

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

NL West: Dodgers
NL Central: Cards
NL East: Nats
NL Wild Cards: Braves, Reds

AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Rays
AL Wild Cards: Jays, Rangers

AL MVP: Trout
NL MVP: Heyward

AL Cy Young: Verlander
NL Cy Young: Strasburg

AL ROY: Profar
NL ROY: Gyorko


AL Comeback Player: That guy who did so poorly last year that I forgot his name.
NL Comeback Player: That other guy who did so poorly last year that I forgot his name.

Biggest disappointment: The Orioles will disappoint a lot of people by not getting anywhere near as lucky as they were last year, although they probably will be a better team than they were last year. (That said, the local media has been bracing the fans for this all winter, so maybe it won't be such a disappointment.)

Biggest surprise: The Dodgers will be this year's Tigers. They'll wind up winning narrowly, but a lot of people will be expecting them to run away with the division after their ridiculous spending spree.

Worst AL: Astros. They might give the '03 Tigers a run for the money.
Worst NL: Rox. They will be thankful that the Astros will get all the attention for being truly wretched, but they'll crack 100 loses without even getting the #1 pick! (And, of course, they'll rue sending a HoFer to AAA.... :P )

Cubs: Last year, they had a -0.079 team OPS. That means that they should have gone 63-99 give or take a few games either way. Now, the -0.035 pitching OPS should improve a bit: the rotation is solid if not spectacular. I'm looking for a jump up to -0.01 or so. However, the -0.044 batting OPS is not going to be a lot better. Rizzo & Castro should improve, and the RF platoon will be an improvement over DeJesus' counterparts from last year. Still, I'm expecting a -0.02 from this, too. Given the relationship between net OPS and winning over the last 50 years, that suggests about 6-7 loses below 81. These are the Cubs, so I'll round down to 74-88. Moreover, I expect a sell-off midseason. So, take that down to an even 70-92.

World Series: There is no point in predicting this until October. I then will bet against all of the teams that played poorly in September, regardless of how well they did before then or how good they look now.
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:11 AM

NL West: Diamondbacks
NL Central: Pirates
NL East: Nationals
NL Wild Cards: Dodgers, Braves

AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Blue Jays
AL Wild Cards: Orioles, Indians

AL MVP: M. Cabrera (repeat)
NL MVP: S. Castro (my homer pick)

AL Cy Young: J. Verlander
NL Cy Young: S. Strasburg

AL ROY: J. Profar
NL ROY: J.Teheran

AL Comeback Player: M, Rivera
NL Comeback Player: T. Tulowitski

Biggest disappointment: Reds choke in September; Ian Stewart is working at a golf course by August.
Biggest surprise: Pirates win NL Central division; Castillo solidifies his role as catcher WTC (when they compete).

Worst AL: Houston Astros
Worst NL: Miami Marlins

Cubs: 76-86, Trade Soriano, Feldman, DeJesus and Marmol by trade deadline.

World Series: Tigers over Dodgers
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:28 PM

/bump 

 

So far I'm doing pretty well.  Luis Valbuena was my Biggest Surprise?  HUH?  How bout some props?


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:30 AM

I nailed my biggest surprise and disappointment.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

Now that the regular season is a couple weeks away here's my predictions.

NL West - Giants (fantastic pitching)
NL Central - Reds (more due to the mediocrity of the central than anything)
NL East - Nationals (pitching pitching pitching and the defense gets even better with Span)
Wild Cards - Braves and Diamondbacks (surprisingly, it's not because of the Upton bros but career years from Heyward and Freeman)

AL West - Angels (SIGN ALL THE PLAYERS lite)
AL Central - Tigers (Indians will make a run but will fade by July. Detroit will win division by 10 games at least)
AL East - Rays (young pitching will make fans forget Shields and Davis)
Wild Cards - Blue Jays and Rangers (Reyes has a bounceback year and the Rangers are loaded. Back end of rotation is questionable)

AL MVP - Trout (first 30-50 guy since pre-steroids Bonds)
NL MVP - Joey Votto (his OBP will challenge steroids Bonds)

AL Cy Young - Verlander (Best pitcher of his generation will be a first ballot hall of fame if he stays healthy)
NL Cy Young - Matt Cain (Most underrated pitcher in baseball. Been boned by poor run support in the past)

AL ROY - Myers (lazy pick, I know)
NL ROY - Arendo. As far as i know he's killing it in camp. If he doesn't make the team, Adam Eaton.

AL Comeback Player - Victor Martinez (full time DH will keep his legs fresh, hitting in that murderer's row of a lineup will let him see lots of good pitches)
NL Comeback Player - Mark Prior (if he can be a decent MR he deserves that and a movie,)

Biggest disappointment is the Dodgers. They'll have a better record than the Yankees (low to mid 80s), but they'll be a disaster in the clubhouse.. Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford were dumped for a reason (the first two are assholes, the latter is going to at the best be rusty at the worst be completely shot). Hanley Ramirez is a lollygagger, and there are going to be some very pissed off starting pitchers who are going to be working out of the bullpen. Ellis is ancient for a 2B and Cruz is a replacement level player at 3rd. Ramirez has barely played SS this year and got injured in last night's game. Mattingly gets fired and they'll throw a bunch of money somebody like LaRussa or Pinella and they'll still suck even after they give Cano a $200 million contract in the offseason.

Biggest surprise - Diamondbacks. Jokes about SCRAP aside they'll have a fantastic OF defense. They'll make a big acquisition at the deadline and will keep the Cardinals and Phillies out of the playoffs and win my eternal gratitude.

Worst team in the NL - The Mets. That outfield is horrible and their pitching is going to be bad.
Worst Team in the AL - The Astros. Duh.

How will the Cubs do? They won't be in last place in the Central (that will be the Brewers after Ryan Braun is caught shooting up alligator pee to skirt MLB's drug testing policy and suspended).

Soriano gets traded to the Yankees. Marmol to the Tigers. Garza to the Diamondbacks. Feldman also gets shipped at the deadline to.. let's say the Phillies since Halladay looks shot.

World Series - Tigers over Nationals. VMart solves the lineup problems they had last season. Marmol gets the save in the clinching game and Leyland rides of into the sunset

 

NL West: LOL

NL Central: Close enough, though the central was a lot stronger than I expected.

NL East: LOL

Wild Cards: Well, the Braves were in at least but really nobody expected the Central to grab both spots.

 

AL West: LOL

AL Central: I was right about the  Tigers winning, not right on the Indians fading.

AL East: Rays. (close enough)

Wild Cards: LOL

 

AL MVP: Seems legit

NL MVP: Top ten finish in OPS.  Should at least be top three. Looks like McCutcheon might take it on merit of being the best player on a team making the playoffs for hte first time since I was in kindergarten.

 

AL ROY: Lazy picks sometimes pan out.

NL ROY: Looks like it's between Puig and Fernandez

 

AL CY: LOL

NL CY: even bigger lol

 

AL Comeback: Hit pretty well despite a career low slugging %

NL Comeback: tumblr_lvv99urmBx1qzmeh8.gif

 

Biggest disappointment:Right for a couple months.

Biggest surprise: I'll say I was right on this considering that despite trading away Upton, they only need one more win to match last season's record when a lot of people were expecting them to tank.

 

Cubs?: Nailed it. Down to the Braun suspension guaranteeing Milwaukee the basement

Trades: Nailed the Sori trade.

 

World Series: Sticking with the Tigers.  I think Iglesias is a huge upgrade over Peralta defensively.  Swap Nats with Pirates because WHY NOT






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