2009 MLB Predictions
The baseball season is underway and its a great time to be a fan. Everyone's team starts with a clean slate, and heck, even the Royals and Nationals have a shot.
You have Manny in Dodgertown, C.C and a revamped Yankees trying to avenge last year, the NL East where the Phillies look to repeat has champions and the Mets look to not repeat as choke artists.
162 games to prove that either you are winners or losers.
What could be better?
American League West
The American League West has become the Angels division and I don't see that changing anytime soon. The Angels do have some injury concerns, but look for them to overcome those problems and win the division comfortably.
Texas and Oakland will fight for as long as they can, but with three dominant teams in the East, look for only one team to come out of the west, that being the Angels.
American League Central
I am taking the White Sox to repeat as Central Division Champs again, but it will be very tough. The Twins, Indians and Tigers will all be factors, but when it comes down to it, it will be the White Sox and the Twins.
If Joe Mauer misses more time then expected, the Twins will fall fast, if he is able to stay in the lineup, they will give the White Sox a race, but I have to go with Ozzie on this one, the manager will find a way to get his team to the playoffs.
American League East
This division is no doubt one of, if not the most talented division of them all. Last year, Tampa and Boston were the two teams that made the playoffs, with the Yankees on the outside looking in for the first time in 12 years.
I don't see that happening this year, I feel Tampa will be good, but fall back to earth a little bit and finish third in what will be a great race. The Yankees will win the division by about five games, and Boston will take the wild card.
National League West
Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez will win this division out right. Sure the Giants got better, but they are still young and unproven, and unlike the Rays of last year, I don't see them fighting the whole year.
The Rockies will give a fight and try to prove they can get to where they were two years ago, but it will not be easy. Arizona will be right with the Dodgers, but I see the Dodgers prevailing.
The Padres will only get worse.
National League Central
Will this be the year? Probably not, but I don't see much competition in the Central for the Cubbies to be worried. The Cardinals and Astros should be better, but will not be much of a factor come September.
The Brewers will fight and hit for sure, but without CC Sabathia, I don't see them making a run at all.
Cubs will have another chance to break the curse.
National League East
All eyes will be on the Mets and the Phillies this year. The Mets are opening up their new park, off two straight seasons of collapsing at Shea, and the Phillies are trying to repeat as champs.
The Braves, Marlins and Nationals will play tough and very much be a factor, but when it comes down to it, two teams will be making the playoffs from the East.
The Mets will finally win the division again, but the Phillies will take the wild card, and see the Mets in the playoffs.
Two new stadiums, two revamped teams, one goal. It will be another Subway Series between the Mets and the Yankees, but this time the outcome will be different.
The Mets will finally get over the hump and rid the name of choke artist, by beating the team everybody expects to win it all. The Yankees won't go down easy, but I still see the Mets taking it all.
National League MVP
The National League MVP will be David Wright. If the Mets are going to go all the way, Wright will have to be the one who takes the lead.
Look for him to edge out Pujols and Manny in the race.
American League MVP
Everybody knows what Arod will do, he will have a dominant year and be in contention for the MVP, but this time I am picking a different Yankee.
With his brand new, huge contract, I see Mark Texiera taking his game to a higher level and winning the MVP over A-rod and Youkilis.
National Leage Cy Young
I hate to go with all Mets, but if one guy is a lock for an award I think it is Johan. Last year he was the second half MVP for the Mets and this year I think he will do it all year long.
Look for him to lead the league in ERA and wins.
American League Cy Young
Sabathia will have a strong year for the Yankees, and will win the Cy young. He will barely beat out Halladay and Lester for the award this year.
Look for Sabathia to put up 20 wins, 3.50 era and lead the league in strikeouts.