I'm into making bold predictions here on the website. Often times I'm right, but there are also a good number of times where I'm wrong. That's fine, I own up to it and take the beating if I need to. It's all in the nature of willing to stick my neck out for something I believe in, and that won't change.The 2011 Major League Baseball season is upon us. And unlike in year's past where I'd stay up until 4 a.m. to see a team play in Japan, I get to wake up at a decent time and see the games on television when it's convenient for me. My beloved Detroit Tigers are opening up ESPN's season against the New York Yankees Thursday at 1 p.m. It's going to be a great game, and one I think the pitchers will do well in. It's hard for lineups to kind of get geared up in the early weeks of the regular season because it's so damned cold at many of the sites. I don't think that will be any different in New York Thursday. I like pitcher's duels and I think this one has the makings of what could be one.With that out of the way, it's time to make some BOLD predictions for this MLB season, which is going to be a lot of fun. My Tigers are contenders again and that helps make the long season much more enjoyable. Here they are:The Oakland Athletics will win the AL West. Crazy, I know, with a very lackluster lineup out there in Oakland, but have you seen this rotation? The A's are going to be serious contenders this year and it seems they always have a good rotation. This year, however, it's going to be REALLY good. Trevor Cahill has the best young arm in baseball while Gio Gonzalez, Brett Anderson will eat innings. Anyone remember Dallas Braden? He only threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history last season. Look for them to be very good this season. They are going to need guys like David DeJesus, Hideki Matsui and Coco Crisp to have good seasons for this team to win.Miguel Cabrera will win the American League MVP. Yes, the drunk man himself is going to win the American League Most Valuable Player's award. Why, you ask? Because he's motivated. This isn't the first time he's let his team down and it probably won't be the last, but he's the savior in Detroit. He knows it. He'll have a healthy Magglio Ordonez in front of him. He'll have a healthy Victor Martinez behind him. The opportunity to drive in runs will be there. I'd be shocked if he didn't finish .300/35/120 this season.Quick hits:AL East: Boston Red SoxAL Central: Detroit TigersAL West: Oakland AthleticsWild Card: New York YankeesNL East: Atlanta BravesNL Central: Cincinnati RedsNL West: Colorado RockiesWild Card: Philadelphia PhilliesAL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, DetroitAL Cy Young: John Lester, BostonNL MVP: Hanley Ramirez, FloridaNL Cy Young: Ubaldo Jimenez, ColoradoAL Best Record: Boston Red Sox 95-67NL Best Record: Atlanta Braves 93-69AL Champion: Boston Red SoxNL Champion: Philadelphia Phillies
World Series Champ: Boston Red Sox
Let me know what you think! (Obviously I'm crazy).
Could happen with Texas. I think they are right there as well. I hope Brandon Webb can come back too. He was a very good pitcher for a long time it kinda sucks to see him struggle with the arm issues.
I think Boston is a much better offensive lineup this year, as well.
Boston Isnt gonna win it they got rid of all there players that were on steroids...Oaklands not getting that division Texas got that and the comeback player of the year with Brandon Webb
NL: Miguel, albeit a drunk ass, is going to POUND the baseball this season, trust me.
DW: Hanley is going to open a lot of eyes, I think. He's the best shortstop in baseball, IMO. I think he'll have the Marlins, a very young team, right there in the NL East. They're young, but they have some SERIOUS talent. I think Mike Stanton can have a big year too.
Haha I remembered you were a Detroit fan, so I was just massing with you. Respect for bein non-biased and I hope you have a another successful Baseball season & GET MONEY!!!!!!!...........for all y'all newer folk---B is a good baseball capper a has some pretty good write-ups to go along with his picks.....
Also, I think De La Rosa may have a better season than Ubaldo.... yep I said it!
Hanley also kinda has the deck stacked against him too, since he is in the NL East, so it would take a killer season for him to stick out enough to win the MVP, while say a Ryan Howard could have a slightly less productive season than Hanley and win because he "led his team" (which is bullshit, but unfortunately how it goes most of the time)
Agree with the A's and hope miguel produces, I took a flyer and drafted his drunk ass 4th overall in my fantasy league.
Griff: I don't think Detroit is going to be good enough rotation-wise to get by Boston or New York this season. I think guys like Turner and Porcello are going to be big impact guys for them in the future but I'm not sure 2011 is where it happens.
DW: Good point on Ubaldo, he did throw a lot of innings (221.2) but he has sick potential. I think the Rockies are going to win 90 games this year. I almost had them winning the WS but I think Philly knocks them off.
I have lots of thoughts, may add in a few as the week goes by, but I think Ubaldo is going to struggle a bit this year. He threw a TON of innings last year and I think this may be the year he comes back to earth... but I think that Hanley Ramirez MVP pick is quite sexy....
B I figured you'd have Detroit winning the World Series. Don't want jinx em huh?
DW, great idea. I will post my notes in tomorrow's blog referring to why I chose each one.
Thanks for the insight! What are you thinking?
Let me know who you think will win each division and award.
some more substance would be nice... not just making random predictions and not backing most of the up with analysis