MLB Baseball: 5 Bold Predictions to End the Regular Season

Nicholas BedoCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2011

MLB Baseball: 5 Bold Predictions to End the Regular Season

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    With roughly 40 games left for teams, the MLB regular season is coming to an end and much is still to be determined.

    Divisional races are beginning to truly heat up and fans are anxious to see how their teams trade deadline addition is going to fair.

    This season has been proclaimed as the year of the pitcher, but these five predictions seem to think otherwise.

5. Jose Bautista Will Be the Only Player to Finish with 50 Home Runs

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    Jose Bautista started out this season rivaling Bonds' record-setting pace during the 2001 season. Since then, he has slowed his pace and currently sits at 33 homers. 

    Watch Bautista finish the season with 17 more bombs making him the only player this season with 50 bombs.

4. Tim Lincecum Propels the Giants

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    The two-time Cy Young award winner is going to finish the year strong and lead the Giants back to the playoffs. They made one of the big trade acquisitions in obtaining Carlos Beltran from the Mets for top prospect Zach Wheeler.

    Currently the Giants are 1.5 games back of the Diamondbacks, but look for Lincecum to pile up six more wins propelling the Giants ahead of the D-backs.

3. Dan Uggla and the Braves Plummet

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    Today Dan Uggla went 0-3 breaking his 33-game hit streak. The Braves are currently leading the wild card race and are essentially out of the NL East with the Phillies posting the best record in the MLB thus far.

    Expect Uggla to return to his old .220 self and the Braves' injuries to catch up to them. They barely hold off the Brewers by one game in the wild card race.

2. Albert Pujols Returns to Old Form

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    Currently the Cardinals stand five games back from the Brewers in the race for the Central. The Cardinals are in need of some of their big bats to step up for them.

    Look no further than Albert Pujols to answer this call and add 15 home runs to the 29 he currently has, propelling them to overtake the Brew Crew and make the playoffs once again.

1. The Cleaveland Indians Complete Their Magical Season

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    At one point, the Cleveland Indians were the hottest team in the whole MLB with their 30-15 record in the beginning of the season. Since then they have managed to find themselves 2.5 back of the Detroit Tigers.

    With the Indians' deadline addition of Ubaldo Jimenez along with All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera, look for the Indians to pass the Tigers in the AL Central, putting a fairy tale ending to their magical season.