If someone had told you 12 months ago that the San Francisco Giants would have won the World Series, you would have laughed at them.
If you predicted that Joey Votto would win the NL MVP award, you would have been slaughtered by your peers who denounced your baseball knowledge.
And if you wrote in a March blog that Jose Bautista would slug 54 homers, readers would have called you crazy.
The point is, at the start of the year, everything is fair game. Predictions can be outlandish and lighthearted, as long as you don't claim the Pirates will win it all.
With that in mind, here are 15 predictions for the 2011 season. They're not all going to be popular, and they're not all going to come true. Still, now is the time to be bold and throw it all out there.