Preseason Predictions – The Rotoprofessor

Well, it’s finally time for me to share my two cents for the upcoming season.  Saving the best for last, right?  Feel free to let me know how crazy I am!

American League:
AL East:
Boston Red Sox – They are just too good for me to bet against.
AL Central: Chicago White Sox – I know the Twins are the popular pick, but with Mauer hurt I’m not sure they are going to have the offense to get it done. 
AL West: Los Angeles Angels – As their pitching continues to go down the gap continues to shrink, but their lead was too big to begin with.  It may be closer then we originally expected, but I still see them taking home the title.
AL Wildcard: New York Yankees – When you spend like they did, if you don’t make the playoffs it would be a bitter disappointment.  The Rays will push them, but unlike last season something is likely to go wrong.  Someone will get hurt or the pitching will regress.  Whatever it is, I just see them falling short.

National League:
NL East:
Philadelphia Phillies – Until the Mets prove they can keep it together for 162 games, I just can’t pick them to win the division.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs – They could be the best team in the NL.
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers – The signing of a likely motivated Manny Ramirez makes them the top team in the division.
NL Wildcard: New York Mets – Yes, they have collapsed each of the past two seasons, but at least they don’t finish against the Marlins in 2009.

Playoffs:
Red Sox over White Sox – The Red Sox have a rotation that could be scary in the playoffs, especially if Smoltz can get healthy.
Yankees over Angels – The Yankees pitching will give them the edge.
Red Sox over Yankees – I just can’t bet against the Red Sox, who have the payroll flexibility to add at the deadline if need be.

Mets over Cubs – The Cubs have the talent, but I can see their pitching suffering injuries (Harden anyone?), hurting them in a short series.
Dodgers over Phillies – Billingsley & Kershaw have the potential to be dominant in a short series.
Dodgers over Mets – Manny being Manny.  He wants a pay day and has something to prove.

World Series:
Dodgers over Red Sox – Joe Torre gets one last laugh against his old nemesis

American League Awards:
AL MVP:
David Ortiz
AL Cy Young: Francisco Liriano
AL Rookie of the Year: Nick Adenhart
AL Manager of the Year: Ozzie Guillen
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Victor Martinez
AL Batting Crown: Matt Holliday
AL Home Run Title: Miguel Cabrera
AL RBI Title: David Ortiz

National League Awards:
NL MVP:
David Wright
NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb
NL Rookie of the Year: Kenshin Kawakami
NL Manager of the Year: Joe Torre
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Rafael Furcal
NL Batting Crown: Albert Pujols
NL Home Run Title: Ryan Howard
NL RBI Title: Manny Ramirez

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9 comments

  1. Nice picks. LA-Boston would be fun, but I’d rather see the other outcome.

  2. Nate says:

    A “likely motivated Manny Ramirez”? You ARE crazy.

  3. Rotoprofessor says:

    Nate, what is crazy about that? Manny is essentially playing for a contract, since he can opt out after the season. He’s going to want to prove that he’s worth the $25 million, so he can opt out and get another sizable pay day.

  4. big o says:

    the cubs starting pitching staff is suspect .
    let’s give that drunk guy down in st.loo some props , and put the cards in the play-offs .

  5. C Bass says:

    Very interesting. Billingsly and Kershaw can be dominant in a short series….I know Kershaw has the tools but I really don’t know if i can say he’ll be a dominant pitcher THIS season AND a dominant PLAYOFF pitcher this season. Otherwise the picks are all feasable.

    As for the awards, David Ortiz MVP and RBI crown after his disaster last year? And if that all does happen how would he not also win Comeback player of the year?

    Eric, Any chance you will be coming out with Auction values? Thanks. And good luck this season.

  6. .(). says:

    I was right with you until you predicted the White Sox win the AL Central. Then it all fell apart.

  7. RP has crazy man love for Mr. Kershaw. I hope he succeeds or we’re going to have to talk you down from the roof.

  8. franky says:

    oooh i want to see papelbon vs manny bottom of the 9th, 7th game of WS.

  9. Rotoprofessor says:

    CBass, unfortunately I’m not sure I’m going to be able to have auction values ready before opening day. That’s something that I will keep in mind for next season, however!

    franky, I agree with you. How great of a ratings grabber would that scenario be!!

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