A Little Early 2010 Predictions
Technically, spring training hasn't even started.
Here are my predictions: Awards, playoffs, everything.
Seattle-Love the club, and I don't doubt this position.
Oakland-Kind of going out on a limb with this one, but I do like them, and I think a healthy Athletic club can go somewhere.
Texas-tie-Man, I love this club, but the pitching isn't up to par.
LA-tie-They lost too many irreplaceable in the offseason. Who is the ace?
Minnesota-The lineup is killer, and they have decent pitching. The strongest among the weak.
Chicago-They made a few very good moves this offseason, but the lack a superstar on the team. They are solid.
Detroit-They traded off Curtis Granderson for a prospect. A lot of questions for this club coming in.
Cleveland-They know they won't do anything this year. But, they are a very solid club with a good farm.
Kansas City-Not so good.
New York-They have improved practically everywhere...only question is left field.
Boston (wc)-Such a solid and deep club. They lack a legitimate power threat, with Bay gone and Papi suffering.
Tampa Bay-Great club full of youngsters, too young this year.
Baltimore-Man, they are going to be good soon. The only reason they are 4th and not 5th is Tejada.
Blue Jays-They are into a re-building stage.
Mets-I hate to predict them, since my prediction for them last year became very wrong very fast, however, they are such a strong club. The only question is the back end of the rotation.
Phillies (wc)-They upgraded at third base, can Raul repeat another great season? Brad Lidge is a question, too.
Florida-tie-Love the youngsters, love the core...just too many weak spots. The team will go as far as Ricky Nolasco and Johnson take them.
Atlanta-tie-Again, a great club full of young kids. The acquisition of Melky made a ton of sense for the club.
Washington-Nothing can make a difference.
St. Louis-Matt Holiday brings a ton to this club with his bat. Added to Pujols, those two are deadly. The infield still has some holes...could Orlando Hudson be interested?
Chicago-Well, they will do better than last year.
Brewers-A great group of players, too many holes.
Astros-tie-They lost the offense. Pitching has questions.
Reds-tie-They are getting the gears on the machine turning again: It's just a slow starter.
Pittsburg-Well, I'd say I'm going out on a limb on this one...
LAD-They have such a great outfield. A very good core with this team, and great veterans surround them. Plus, the best manager in baseball probably helps.
Colorado-tie-They just cannot compete with LA.
San Fran-tie-The team is so good, but way too young.
Arizona-They just don't have it.
San Diego-They are re-building.
ALDS 1: New Yorkv vs. Minnesota-New York in 3-Yes, the Yanks are better than the Twins
ALDS 2: Seattle vs. Boston-Seattle in 5-The Seattle pitching staff has what it takes...barely.
NLDS 1: Mets vs. Cardinals-Mets in 5-It should be a great match up. I think LaRussa will out manage the Met club, but the Mets will out-hit the Cards.
NLDS 2: Phillies vs. Dodgers-Phillies in 5-The deep Phillie staff puts them ahead.
ALCS: New York vs. Seattle-New York in 6-The Yanks will loose two to Lee. No surprises here.
NLCS: Phillies vs. Mets-Phillies in 7-It will come down to which club is smarter. Yes, that’s the Phillies.
World Series: Phillies vs. New York-New York in four-Just like last year, except C.C. can actually beat Halladay.
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez-He deserved it last year, he will win it this year.
NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum-No player has ever won three Cy Youngs running. There is a first for everything.
Al MVP: Alex Rodriguez-He will come back from an off year, hit 50 homers with a .290 average, and lead the team to another World Series ring.
NL MVP: Albert Pujols-Anyone have any questions?
Comeback AL: Ben Sheets-He will come back from that surgury and lead a struggling club into contention.
Comeback NL: Geovany Soto-Basically, he lays off the pot.
Rookie AL: Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays-Love the young outfielder, should get oppertunities in left field.
Rookie NL: Madison Bumgardner, Sp, Giants-I really love his name. Sounds like a bum farmer or something. The Giants seem to ooze young pitching talent
Manager AL: Don Wakamatsu, Mariners-When the Mariners make it to the ALCS, people will finally notice this man's smarts.
Manager NL: Charlie Manuel, Phillies-He is so smart and so silent...no one sees it coming.
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