Mike’s 2011 MLB Predictions (ALL-STAR BREAK REVIEW)

Well, let’s see how I’ve done so far…original article posted on March 21st (here).

 

AL East Champ: Red Sox     Best record in the AL; 1 game up on the Yanks. The pitching staff concerns me though for the stretch run.

AL Central Champ: Twins     Now just 6.5 games out and they’re starting to heat up. Never count Gardenhire and his Twins out of it.

AL West Champ: Rangers     1 game up on the Angels. Like the Red Sox, their pitching staff concerns me.

AL Wild Card: Yankees     5 games up on the Rays for the Wild Card. A-Rod injury will sting, but don’t count them out to contend for the AL East.

 

NL East Champ: Phillies     Best record in MLB; 3.5 games up on the Braves, but the Braves are closing fast.

NL Central Champ: Reds     4 games behind the Brewers. This division is up in the air, so they have a shot.

NL West Champ: Dodgers     11 games behind the Giants. This team is dead in the water.

NL Wild Card: Braves     5 games up on the DBacks for the Wild Card. Wild Card is wrapped up, but they have a shot to win the NL East.


AL Champ: Red Sox (Darkhorse – White Sox)     Looks good.

NL Champ: Phillies (Darkhorse – Dodgers)     Looks good.

World Series Champ: Phillies in 6.

 

AL MVP: Carl Crawford, Boston Red Sox     Terrible. Verlander or Bautista will win it.

AL CY: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers     Spot on.

AL ROY: Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays     Spot on.

 

NL MVP: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals     Don’t want to count Albert out, but Kemp is the favorite right now.

NL CY: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers     Right now? No, but he is heating up.

NL ROY: Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves     Predictions made during Spring Training. Right team, wrong player. Kimbrel’s to lose.

 

Top 5 BOLD Predictions for 2011:

1a. Chase Utley dooms the Phillies and they miss the playoffs…1b. The Mets surprise everyone and win 50 games.     Can’t see it and Spot on!

2. Mat Latos and Josh Johnson combine to pitch less than 200 innings.     Currently at 160.2…

3. Kyle McClellan wins 15 games for the Cardinals with a mid-3 ERA.     On pace for about 12-15 wins and high-3 to low-4 ERA after some rough starts. Still talk of him heading to the bullpen too.

4. Brett Gardner becomes a 2012 second round pick.     Waste of a pick, especially if you grabbed him super early like Jesse based on my rec.

5. Erik Bedard and Michael Pineda throw back-to-back no-hitters vs. the Indians in May.     They never faced the Tribe. PUSH.

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