Did My Bold Predictions Actually Come True?

Charles Bennett@chasbennettonbrSenior Analyst IAugust 18, 2011

Did My Bold Predictions Actually Come True?

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    I know it's a little too early for a hit parade, as I only have been an editor for a month, but I thought I'd check in on how some predictions I made earlier in the season (specifically last month) have fared, involving MLB All-Star selectionss, Detroit Tigers trades, Jair Jurrjens, and U.S. Soccer

Detroit Tigers Making Deals

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    (2 July):  The Tigers did not deal for Jose Reyes, as I predicted they wouldn’t (Good thing, too.  He’s hurt again).  They DID go out and make a deal to get a pitcher from Seattle.  Not Hernandez, as I had hoped, but Fister’s OK.   This of course upstaged by their division stablemate Cleveland trading for Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Tigers did NOT fix the problems with their bullpen, and with Al Albuquerque making another left turn to the DL, it looks like they’re not going to.

All-Star Snubs, Replacements and Results

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    (3 July)  As I predicted, the National League had better pitching.  So much better that having Mariano Rivera probably wouldn’t have made a difference.  Of the people I noted who were snubbed, only Michael Pineda saw action, which is too bad for the still-solid Michael Morse.  But good for Miguel Montero.

Jair Jurrjens' Collapse

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    (7 July) Last month, I talked about how I regretted trading for Jair Jurrjens because he didn’t get enough strikeouts and seemed poised for a collapse.  Since then, he followed up a couple of bad (ERA 7+) starts with a left turn to the DL. He is winless since the .  Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.   

U.S. Soccer's New Coach

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    I said hire Diego Maradona; the straw poll of my readers said Klinsmann. The U.S. hired Klinsmann. When he came, the U.S. eked out a tie against Mexico. However, he's also coming with horrendously low expectations and is doing nothing to grow the sport in the U.S.. So I think it's safe to say Klinsmann won't work out to well for the U.S.