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Jed Jam Band

Member Since 01 Jul 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 31 2014 12:56 PM

#58322 2014 Season Prediction!!!

Posted by Jed Jam Band on 04 March 2014 - 06:59 PM

Spring Training is underway, and the off-season blues are over, so it's time for all of you brilliant baseball minds to lay out your predictions for the Cubs and MLB this year.  Looking back to last years predictions, maybe we're not so brillant, but it's still fun. Just copy and paste, then fill in your predictions. 



NL West - Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Padres, Rockies, Giants
NL Central - Cardinals, Pirates, Reds, Brewers, Cubs
NL East - Braves, Nationals, Phillies, Mets, Marlins
Wild Cards - Pirates and Nationals

AL West - A's, Rangers, Angels, Mariners, Astros
AL Central - Tigers, Indians, Royals, White Sox, Twins
AL East - Rays, Red Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Blue Jays
Wild Cards - Red Sox and Rangers

AL MVP - Mike Trout
NL MVP - Andrew McCutchen

AL Cy Young - Felix Hernandez (At least he should win.)
NL Cy Young - Clayton Kershaw

AL ROY - Xander Bogaerts
NL ROY - Oscar Taveras

AL Comeback Player - Albert Pujols
NL Comeback Player - Starlin Castro

Biggest disappointment (Team)- Angels (Their failure to add on the margins always leads to disappointment.)

Biggest disappointment(Individual)- Shin-Soo Choo (No need to explain)

Biggest surprise(Team) - Indians (combination of good young players and smart acquisitions combine to make them intriguing)
Biggest surprise(Individual)- Scott Kazmir (look at his peripheral numbers from last year)

Worst team in the NL - Marlins
Worst Team in the AL - Astros

How will the Cubs do?
70-92; They will look decent enough for stretches in the first half of the season and with an improved bullpen will maybe even be close to .500, but this will not be enough to keep up with an incredibly talented division and the very talented rest of the NL.  The Cubs will sell off some peripheral pieces for some good to great prospects and intriguing pieces which we will inevitably spend the time until Baez/Bryant/Alcantara come up discussing.  Baez will come up in July after all service time concerns have passed and will tantalize us with his power and raw ability, but will frustrate some with inconsistency.  Still, he will become the face of the franchise because he is the first Cub since Sosa to have superstar "swagger."  Our talented bevy of bullpen options will get a look and the future of that area of the team will look very bright.  Bryant will get called up in August or September and will dominate, as he is wont to do and he will leave us wanting more.  Rizzo will improve his hitting and pair that up with good defense and positive BABIP regression to become a 3-4 WAR player.  Castro will show surprisingly good power and become closer to the player we've always hoped for, in b/w 4-5 WAR.  The core starts to come together with Castro, Rizzo, Castillo, and I am going to presume a re-signed Samardzija (I have reasons to believe this).  Many stupid sportswriters and meathead fans will call for the front office to be fired, despite the fact that they will draft us another stud prospect and a bevy of power arms.  Paul Blackburn will take a BIG step forward to become our most exciting minor league pitching prospect outside of C.J. Edwards.

World Series - A's over Dodgers, 4-3; Sonny Gray wins WS MVP and becomes household name; Billy Beane retires and claims he is STILL the best athlete in the organization during his press conference to announce retirement (OK, last part is a joke that anyone who read Moneyball will understand.  As for retiring, I could legitimately see that.)

#50774 The Prophet's Scoreboard

Posted by Jed Jam Band on 20 July 2013 - 12:51 PM

I just really don't care if his posts are original or not.  He is doing us a great service, one way or the other and more over, I abhor the way that some people here are treating assman.  This is a good community and a blog that has gained a fine reputation, so it brings us all down to have some of our regulars bashing on assman.  He's not going around making all kinds of wild claims or spreading mass conjecture.  He is simply stating what he has found through various sources.  Crockett has done this with his source in MIN and Lou Brock with his source in San Fran.  The point is, I appreciate each and every one of them giving us the info they have.

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