MLB Predictions: Grading Jose Bautista, A-Rod, and other Second Half Predictions

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MLB Predictions: Grading Jose Bautista, A-Rod, and other Second Half Predictions
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The Dog Days of August are about to give birth to Major League Baseball's stretch run, always among the most important and exciting periods of a monotonous, long-winded season. With so little of the season remaining, the most cowardly of baseball fans and analysts, in hiding for most of the summer, are about to flood the web with bold predictions for the rest of the schedule and subsequent postseason. 

After all, who would be afraid to project that the Yankees and Red Sox will both make the playoffs this year, or that Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia will jostle for the AL Cy Young? To forecast events such as these would be as easy and courageous as taking your next breath.

I, however, am not afraid to plant my flag in the ground early on, as I did at the All-Star break with 12 predictions for the second half.

Note: this slideshow will make very little sense to you if you haven't read my original predictions, found by clicking the above link. 

Almost two months later, and in the back-to-school spirit, I'm back to grade myself on them, and to talk about what we might see as pennant races heat up and rosters expand in September.

Promise me you won't grade me as harshly as I grade myself. Without further ado, my graded predictions for baseball's second half.

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