Bold (and Not So Bold) Predictions For the 2009 MLB Season Part One

Adam CubbageContributor IApril 6, 2009

Bold (and Not So Bold) Predictions For the 2009 MLB Season Part One

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 03:  A general view of the Turner Field as the Atlanta Braves play the Philadelphia Phillies on September 3, 2007 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves defeated the Phillies 5-1.   (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Giants will win the N.L. West despite a star act in Mannywood

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    SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 21:  Pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on August 21, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

The Cubs will win the N.L. Central...barely

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    CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Pitcher Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Chicago Cubs looks to the sky as he walks off the field after being taken out of the game in the 2nd inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 19, 2008 in Chicago, I

A southern revival is upon us in the N.L. East

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 23: Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves hits a three run double in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants on July 23, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Angels take the A.L. West if they can get healthy

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 06:  John Lackey #41 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the American League Championship Series on October 6, 2008  at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachuse

Cubs impact both central division races

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    NEW YORK - JULY 15:  American League All-Star  Grady Sizemore #24 of the Cleveland Indians after scoring the tieing run in the bottom of the eighth inning during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New Yor

New stadium, new ace, no playoffs...Rays will repeat in the East

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    CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Pitcher Mitch Talbot #51 of the Tampa Bay Rays starts against the Philadelphia Phillies February 28, 2009 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

N.L. Wild Card

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    PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 4: Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies waves to the fans during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 4, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Rays won 9-7. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Ima

A.L. Wild Card

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch against the New York Mets on April 4, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

And the winner is.......

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 3:  Pitcher Tommy Hanson #73 of the Atlanta Braves throws during an exhibition game against Panama at Champion Stadium March 3, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)