2010 MLB Predictions: One Brave Prediction for Every Major League Club
Every year, baseball fans all across the country do the same thing: We all make predictions. While most people just let their predictions come out vocally, I have decided to post mine on here for the entire world to see.
My goal is to come back to this article at the end of the season and see how I have done. Right now, I am predicting that at least 20 of my predictions will come true. Any more than that and I'll be extremely happy.
I will be making one prediction for every major league team and then making my predictions for the major awards, division winners, wild card, and eventually the World Series Championship.
Boston Red Sox: He's Baaaack
David Ortiz will regain his 2007 form and surprise critics everywhere.
While this will be great for Ortiz and the Sox, it will only further drop the value of Mike Lowell.
Ortiz prediction: .285, 37 HRs, 120 RBI
New York Yankees: The Big Man Wears Down
CC Sabathia's heavy workload over the past three seasons will finally catch up with him. His post-break ERA will be north of 4.50.
Sabathia prediction: 17-9, 3.98 ERA, 175 Ks
Baltimore Orioles: Strong Offensive Year
Nick Markakis and a sneaky good Oriole offense will finish in the top ten in runs scored this season.
Markakis prediction: .287, 21 HRs, 112 RBI, 9 SBs
Tampa Bay Rays: David Price Starts Fulfilling Prophecy
David Price and his improved change-up will have a much better season during his sophomore campaign. Look for him to bolster the Rays staff.
Price prediction: 18-10, 3.42 ERA, 168 Ks
Toronto Blue Jays: Halla-Who?
Shawn Marcum will become this year's Josh Johnson. He won't make Jays fans forget about losing Roy Halladay, but he'll certainly help ease the pain.
Marcum prediction: 15-6, 3.38 ERA, 159 Ks
Cleveland Indians: Grady's Ladies are Back in Business
Life after Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez won't be nearly as bad as some fans think. Grady Sizemore is going to remind the baseball world why he was considered one of the best center fielders in the game only a couple years ago.
Sizemore prediction: .280, 27 HRs, 97 RBI, 28 SBs
Detroit Tigers: MVP! MVP!
This is the year that Miguel Cabrera is able to put his past issues aside and get everything together. Miggy will bring home his first MVP award this year.
Cabrera prediction: .332, 45 HRs, 136 RBI, 5 SBs (AL MVP)
Minnesota Twins: Way Off Target
A new stadium is just what the Twins needed, right? Not exactly. Look for Target Field to wreak havoc on Minnesota through April and May.
I predict that you will see at least three players hit the DL with arm troubles within the first two months of the season. Is it too late to put a Hefty bag roof on the stadium?
Francisco Liriano prediction: 9-7, 4.02 ERA, 135 Ks
Kansas City Royals: No Repeat
I cannot get myself on the Zack Greinke bandwagon. Even though I rode his golden arm to a fantasy baseball championship last year, I'm just not sold.
Greinke won't be atrocious this year, but he won't finish in the top ten in Cy Young voting.
Greinke prediction: 15-10, 3.73 ERA, 195 Ks
Chicago White Sox: Juan is Off to the Races
Juan Pierre is going to regain that same drive that made him such a popular and gifted player on the Florida Marlins.
Pierre will steal no fewer than 55 bases this season.
Pierre prediction: .278, 2 HRs, 57 RBI, 57 SBs
Oakland Athletics: Holy Sheets!
The Athletics are hoping that their investment in Ben Sheets will at least pay off with a great half year of baseball before they try to flip him for a couple higher level prospects from a contending team. However, Sheets is going to falter, not due to injury, but rather a poor pitching performance.
Ben Sheets prediction: 8-12, 4.39 ERA. 125 Ks
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The Other Santana
After losing John Lackey this past off-season, the Angels have a big void to fill at starting pitcher. Ervin Santana is going to step up to take over that role, and he is going to take that role over in a big way.
Santana prediction: 20-9, 3.33 ERA, 172 Ks
Seattle Mariners: Record Setters?
The much improved Mariners infield will come through this season. Jack Wilson, the former Pirates shortstop, will show the world just what he can do with his glove.
This year, the Mariners will set the record for fewest errors by a team, and Jack Wilson will bring home his first Gold Glove.
Wilson prediction: .242, 6 HRs, 51 RBI, 1 SB (Gold Glove)
Texas Rangers: More Than Just a Cruz
This is very plain and simple. Nelson Cruz will prove that last year was not a fluke, and he will have an even bigger year this year.
Cruz prediction: .272, 38 HRs, 99 RBI, 26 SBs
New York Mets: Wright on Track
After three disappointing seasons in a row, New York is looking to change their luck. David Wright is going to have a bounce-back season. However, this won't be enough to return the Metropolitans to the top of the NL East.
Wright prediction: .310, 24 HRs, 105 RBI, 20 SBs
Atlanta Braves: Wagner Has One More in Him
Billy Wagner is going to make Bobby Cox's last year a lot easier. With one final elite season left in him, Wagner is going to leave it all on the table.
Wagner prediction: 1-4, 2.14 ERA, 39 saves, 85 Ks
Florida Marlins: No Fluke Here
A much leaner and healthier Josh Johnson is going to build on his great comeback year last year. This repeat performance will help the Marlins push for the NL East crown this year.
Johnson prediction: 16-4, 3.28 ERA, 197 Ks
Philadelphia Phillies: The New Two-Headed Monster
Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels are going to be striking fear into opposing hitters all season. Look for this two-headed monster to combine for 37 wins this year.
Halladay prediction: 21-7, 2.97 ERA, 215 Ks
Hamels prediction: 16-9, 3.55 ERA, 188 Ks
Washington Nationals: Willing and Able
This is going to be the year that Josh Willingham fulfills all of the potential that he has. Unfortunately, the Nationals will still be cellar-dwellers in the NL East.
Willingham prediction: .268, 29 HRs, 82 RBI, 3 SBs
Pittsburgh Pirates: Not Great, But Entertaining
The Pirates won't be going anywhere this year. However, that does not mean that they won't have any entertaining players to watch for. One person that I am looking at in particular is Garrett Jones. He is going to have a monster year for the Buccos.
Jones prediction: .286, 33 HR, 81 RBI, 16 SBs
Cincinnati Reds: Stopping the Slide
Aaron Harang and the Cincinnati Reds are not as bad as they played last year. I expect this year to be better for the both the club and Aaron. Look for Harang to become a reliable anchor for the Reds once again.
Harang prediction: 15-9, 3.46 ERA, 197 Ks
Chicago Cubs: Out of the Dempster and into the Spotlight
Ryan Dempster has had an interesting career. He has gone from a below-average starter, to a below-average closer, to a very good starter today. It took him about nine seasons, but Dempster has seemed to have found his control.
Dempster is going to be the Cubs' ace this year, and he will be a very good one at that.
Dempster prediction: 15-6, 3.18 ERA, 174 Ks
Houston Astros: Waste of Money
Slotted to be the fourth starter this year for the Astros, Brett Myers will not hold the job for very long. Signed for one year and five million dollars, Myers is going to cause many 'Stros fans to start breaking their remotes while watching his starts from home.
Brett will be out of the rotation by the start of June.
Myers prediction: 4-10, 4.84 ERA, 57 Ks
Milwaukee Brewers: Who's on Third?
Casey McGahee, the longtime Cubs minor-leaguer who was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers last season, will be the starting third basemen for the Brew Crew. He has had a slow spring so far, but he will pick that up during the regular season and he will surprise a lot of people with his ability at the plate.
McGahee prediction: .278, 25 HRs, 78 RBI
St. Louis Cardinals: I'm Not a Machine, I'm Albert
Since hitting the majors in 2001, Albert Pujols has been arguably the best hitter in the entire sport. I'm not here to say that this is going to change this season, but Pujols will not have the MVP on lock-down. This won't be due to a bad performance from Albert, but rather a controversial vote for the NL MVP.
Pujols prediction: .325, 37 HRs, 126 RBI, 6 SBs
Los Angeles Dodgers: Manny Continues Being Manny
After a year in which Manny Ramirez missed 50 games due to a failed drug test, expectations have been lowered for everyone's favorite headcase. Ramirez has come out and said that this will be his last year with the Dodgers, and I think he's going to make sure that the world knows that he can still rake with the best of them.
Ramirez prediction: .288, 32 HRs, 95 RBI
Colorado Rockies: A Coming Out Party
Acquired by the Rockies with Huston Street and Greg Smith in 2008, Carlos Gonzalez is an intriguing player.
He toiled away in the minor leagues for almost seven seasons, without much of a look at the big leagues. When he got a chance to come up with the Rockies this past season, he made the most of it. In 89 games last season, Gonzalez hit 13 home runs and stole 16 bases. This year, he will be starting in left field and will expand upon those numbers.
Gonzalez prediction: .284, 25 HRs, 82 RBI, 19 SBs
San Francisco Giants: The Year of the Panda
Pablo Sandoval is going to be a great hitter for years to come. A lot of people have focused on Tim Lincecum and his dominant past two seasons, but I have been more intrigued with Sandoval. While he is quite the large character, he moves very well for his size. This year, Panda is going to go off.
Sandoval prediction: .327, 33 HRs, 115 RBI, 6 SBs
Arizona Diamondbacks: They Jumped the Gun
The Diamondbacks know what kind of potential that Justin Upton has. He could become a .320/35/35 hitter someday. I'm not here to say that Upton will not fulfill this potential, but I am here to say that he's not going to do that this year.
Upton prediction: .268, 24 HRs, 82 RBI, 27 SBs
San Diego Padres: And with the first pick in the 2011 MLB Draft...
There are no two ways around it, the Padres are going to be bad this year. Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell are going to be traded by the trade deadline, and then only the devout fans of the Padres will recognize any of the players on the team.
The rest of the world will know about one player though: Kyle Blanks. While the Padres won't be in contention for anything, this is one player that would make me want to catch as many Padres games as I possibly could.
This kid is going to rake. He only played in 54 games last year, but if you watched him play, you could see that there is something there. I expect him to have a great first full year in San Diego.
Blanks prediction: .259, 26 HRs, 75 RBI, 7 SBs
AL East Standings
Tampa Bay 96-66
New York 91-71
AL Central Standings
Kansas City 75-87
AL West Standings
NL East Standings
New York 76-86
NL Central Standings
St. Louis 99-63
NL West Standings
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit - Tampa Bay wins 3-1
Boston vs. Seattle- Seattle wins 3-2
Colorado vs. Florida- Rockies win 3-2
St. Louis vs. Dodgers- Cardinals win 3-1
Tampa Bay vs. Seattle- Seattle wins 4-2
Coloardo vs. St. Louis- Colorado wins 4-1
Seattle vs. Colorado- Seattle wins 4-2
World Series MVP- Chone Figgins
American League Awards
AL MVP- Miguel Cabrera
After a hard fought season by Miguel Cabrera, he will bring home his first MVP trophy, but will not be able to carry that success with him into the playoffs, as the Tigers lose to the Rays in the first round.
AL Cy Young- Jon Lester
Lester is able to completely dominate his competition, helping the Red Sox win the Wild Card. Like Cabrera, the Sox are knocked out in the first round.
Lester prediction: 22-8, 3.08 ERA, 225 Ks
National League Awards
NL MVP- Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard has another monster season for the Phillies, but it isn't enough to propel Philadelphia into the playoffs. In a controversial vote, Howard pulls enough votes to put him past the reigning MVP, Albert Pujols. This will lead to another month long discussion about whether or not a player on a team that doesn't make the playoffs should be able to win the MVP.
Howard prediction: .284, 55 HRs, 148 RBI
NL Cy Young- Tim Lincecum
The Freak pulls out an unprecedented 3rd Cy Young before he turns 27 years old. Roy Halladay gives Timmy a run for his money, but voters are going to be swayed by the two Cy Youngs that Lincecum already owns and will give him his 3rd in a very close race.
Lincecum prediction: 22-7, 2.49 ERA, 265 Ks
As the English poet John Milton once said, “Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making." That being said, if you have any problems with what I've said, or with my predictions, feel free to let them be known.
After all, if I didn't want you to disagree with me, I would not have written this piece to begin with.