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I haven't had this kind of vibe in a long time about an upcoming baseball season. For the first time in a while, it's back to the way it was: The Yankees, The Red Sox, and Everyone Else. I didn't miss it. Anyway, here goes...

AL EAST
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston (WC)
3. Tampa Bay
4. Toronto
5. Baltimore

Order restored, indeed. The sad thing is, I feel like the Yanks actually got WORSE by losing Damon in favor of Granderson and yet they're still the heavy, heavy favorites unless they lose C.C. Sabathia for an extended period. Fat chance. Ha, I made a funny...sort of.

I'm just not gung-ho for yet another round of ULTRA HYPE for the next round of Yankees and Red Sox. And seeing John Lackey don a Red Sox uniform will make me want to chuck my remote at my TV.

AL CENTRAL
1. Minnesota
2. Chicago White Sox
3. Detroit
4. Kansas City
5. Cleveland

I feel really bad for Twins fans right now. They got teased with the idea of a 10-year extension for Joe Mauer before the ESPN machine debunked those reports. Now everyone faces that old inevitability. Mauer puts up MVP numbers, leads a plucky Twins team to a first-round exit, and the Yankees scoop him up next year for $200 million to replace an aging Jorge Posada. Life in baseball really isn't fair sometimes.

White Sox finish a distant second. This is finally the year Ozzie Guillen gets the axe, as giving him access to Twitter is finally what pushes the front office over the edge. Why would you give Ozzie Guillen a Twitter account? This is about as bad an idea as tossing a beer at Ron Artest.

AL WEST
1. Seattle
2. Texas
3. Los Angeles of Anaheim
4. Oakland

The Angels downgraded in every way and yet STILL have a larger payroll than they did last year. That's talent. And there hasn't been anything more depressing for fans here than watching Figgins go to a division rival, Guerrero go to ANOTHER division rival, and Lackey go to a team that's owned you for years (save for last year, which Lackey was a big part of).

Seattle's the big dark horse to dethrone the Yankees, as a Lee-Felix 1-2 is just sick and unbeatable. If Eric Bedard comes back strong, their pitching staff is easily tops in the league. If not, he's a good trade chip, so they still come out winners. Have fun in the postseason, Mariners fans. It'll be nice to see Chone Figgins kill some other team's offense in the playoffs for once.

NL EAST
1. Philadelphia
2. Florida
3. Atlanta
4. New York Mets
5. Washington

Roy Halladay in the National League? I haven't heard this legit a possibility for a 30-game winner since Pedro in '99.

If the Mets stink it up this year, which I think they will, this has to be the year Omar Minaya gets fired. Of course, if you have a situation like last year where virtually the entire team was on the shelf, at what point do you fire the training and medical staff?

NL CENTRAL
1. St. Louis
2. Milwaukee
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Cincinnati
5. Houston
6. Pittsburgh

I don't know how the wheels fell off for St. Louis team last postseason, because on paper they look devastating. Carpenter and Wainwright should put up awesome numbers again and Prince Albert will put up mind-boggling power numbers again. I'm sure we'll eventually get steroids questions.

NL WEST
1. San Francisco
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (WC)
3. Arizona
4. Colorado
5. San Diego

The Giants have quietly put together a very solid pitching staff. With that front three and a decent (though unremarkable) offense, they should have more than enough to overtake the Dodgers who are putting all their chips on Clayton Kershaw having a monster year and don't have anyone else to put behind him. And let's not forget that this will be a classic case of Manny coasting through the season on cruise control.

No matter how you slice it, the Colorado Rockies manager is still Jim Tracy. Having seen a pair of Jim Tracy encores, I don't come into this year with a lot of expectations for them.

Having said all this, I'll still enjoy the hell out of this baseball season. And between work stoppages threatening the NBA and NFL and the NHL yet to fully recover from THEIR work stoppage, the MLB will soon be the only game in town.

(edited by It's False on 8.3.10 1313)


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AL East:
Yankees
Red Sox (WC)
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays

The tides. Taxes. Death. The Yankees and Red Sox in the playoffs. Some of the few things you can depend on in this crazy world. Jays fall back into last place without Doc Halladay, letting the O's climb out of the cellar. Rays continue to wish they were in the AL Central as they would win the division by 8 games.

AL Central:
Twins
Tigers
White Sox
Indians
Royals

Twins will win the division again. Tigers come in second, most likely after leading the first 159 or so games. And Ozzie Guillen getting a Twitter is the greatest thing ever. I hope he is using during games at some point.

AL West:
Angels
Rangers
Mariners
A's

I don't care who the Angels lost. Until I see them lose this division I'm saying they win it. Mariners will be the disappointment of the AL this year, as Cliff Lee returns to being above average, instead of Koufax 2K9 like he was for the Phils.

NL East:
Phillies
Braves
Marlins
Mets
Nationals

Phillies cruise. Nationals begin to gell as the year moves forward and Strasburg comes up, and go .500 in the second half. Omar Minaya keeps his job for no rational reason at all.

NL Central:
Cubs
Cardinals WC
Reds
Brewers
Pirates
Astros

Cubs are due for a HUGE comeback year. Everything went wrong for them, yet they still were tied for first in August. A healthy Aramis Ramirez, and a pitching staff with four potential 16-18 game winners leads them to 95 wins. Cards get the WC berth just because that sounds reasonable to me. And the Pirates finally climb out of the cellar and see their first above .500 year in forever.

NL West:
Giants
Dodgers
D-Backs
Rockies
Padres

These teams all blend together to me and play way too late at night. Giants have LinceCain, so I say they win.

ALDS:
Yankees over Twins
Red Sox over Angels

ALCS:
Yankees over Red Sox

NLDS:
Phillies over Cardinals
Cubs over Giants

NLCS: Cubs over Phillies

World Series:
Yankees over Cubs in 6.





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False, you're totally wrong. Grandy is a Hall of Famer in the making. The Tigers were boneheaded, thick-skulled dumbasses for 1) getting themselves into a financial bind in the first place by allowing Magglio's contract to swell up (he's being paid more than Albert freaking Pujols) and 2) then deciding the best way to deal with the money issues was to not even offer arbitration to their clutch second baseman and TRADE AWAY THEIR FRANCHISE CENTERFIELDER. Oh, but it's not a fire sale because then they go and spend for Johnny "Nancy Arm" Damon and Jose "At Least He Isn't Fernando Rodney" Valverde.

Ugh. When Grandy lights the world on fire (he's already the better version of Grady Sizemore), he'll at least be the first Yankee I don't loathe. Thank god for Cleveland's ineptitude as the Tigers won't finish last, although they deserve it and will "play" like it.

AL EAST
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston (WC)
3. Tampa Bay
4. Toronto
5. Baltimore

AL CENTRAL
1. Minnesota
2. Chicago White Sox
3. Kansas City
4. Detroit
5. Cleveland

AL WEST
1. Seattle
2. Texas
3. LAA
4. Oakland

NL EAST (What I believe'll be the toughest division, even with Philly as outstanding as they are.)
1. Philadelphia
2. Florida (WC)
3. Atlanta
4. New York Mets
5. Washington

NL CENTRAL
1. St. Louis
2. Milwaukee
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Cincinnati
5. Houston
6. Pittsburgh

NL WEST
1. LA Dodgers
2. San Francisco
3. Arizona
4. Colorado
5. San Diego

ALDS
Seattle over Boston
Yankees over Minnesota

NLDS
St. Louis over Florida
Philadelphia over LA Dodgers

ALCS
Seattle over Yankees

NLCS
Philadelphia over St. Louis

WORLD SERIES
Philadelphia over Seattle




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AL East
Yankees
Red Sox (WC)
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays

I can't justify the Red Sox winning the division. Offense worries me for them, but the AL is very mediocre after you get past the top.

AL Central
Tigers (over)
White Sox (thinking about as an over)
Twins
Royals
Indians (lock of the year as an under)

Indians will lose at least 100. Twins lose a big advantage with the damn pinball arcade gone. Good riddance, see what happened to the Royals when they lost the turf. White Sox I can see just coming up short the last week of the season.

AL West
Mariners (over)
Angels
Rangers
A's

Angels take a step back, Mariners have dominant front of the rotation pitching. Don't trust their closer and they need a bat. Rangers fall back as the extra workload for the pitching staff comes back on them this year.

NL East
Phillies (over)
Marlins
Braves
Nationals (potential over)
Metropolitans (under)

Phillies clinch early. Marlins stay in wild card race until last week. Mets suck. Braves would do better, but everyone gets hurt for a 3 week stretch.

NL Central
Cardinals
Brewers (potential over) (WC)
Cubs
Reds
Astros
Pirates

Brewers get wild card based on weakness of bottom of division. Lou's act wears thin with Cubs. Cards win because, well, they usually do. Do the Pirates have anything to dump at the deadline this year?

NL West
D'Backs (over)
Giants
Rockies
Dodgers
Padres

Put top 4 in a bag and shake. Dodgers have multiple off field distractions.

Playoffs
Red Sox in 4 over Mariners
Yankees sweep Tigers
Brewers shock Phillies in 5, as Roy Halladay loses the 1st 2 big games of his career.
D'Backs beat Cards in 4.
Red Sox in 7 in an epic over the Yankees that is relegated to TBS.
Brewers in 5 over D'Backs as Fox executives commit mass suicide.
Red Sox in 6 over Brewers, as all is finally right with the world at 7/1.

(edited by redsoxnation on 8.3.10 2133)
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.98
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    AL Central
    1) Tigers (over)


Please explain this. They're thankful to Indian incompetence that they aren't going to be in LAST.

(edited by BoromirMark on 8.3.10 2340)



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.87
    Originally posted by BoromirMark
      Originally posted by redsoxnation
      AL Central
      1) Tigers (over)


    Please explain this. They're thankful to Indian incompetence that they aren't going to be in LAST.

    (edited by BoromirMark on 8.3.10 2340)







Number is 80, so I think over is good. I think mid 80's win the division, http://sports.espn.go.com/​​mlb/​​spring2010/​​news/​​story?​​id=4978634 makes the Twins even more vulnerable and I really think losing the dome hurts them, the White Sox are decent but not good enough and the Royals are the Royals. If Damon is the DH and not a regular in the field, he gives them a winning presence that they missed down the stretch last season when they went in the tank, and though is numbers were great last year, I've never thought highly of Rodney, so I can't think of his loss as being major.



(edited by redsoxnation on 9.3.10 1004)
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AL East
1)New York Yankees
2)Boston Red Sox (WC)
3)Tampa Bay Rays
4)Toronto Blue Jays
5)Baltimore Orioles

AL Central
1)Minnesota Twins
2)Detroit Tigers
3)Chicago White Sox
4)Kansas City Royals
5)Cleveland Indians

AL West
1)LA Angels of Anaheim
2)Seattle Mariners
3)Texas Rangers
4)Oakland Athletics

NL East
1)Philadelphia Phillies
2)Atlanta Braves
3)Florida Marlins
4)NY Mets
5)Washington Nationals

NL Central
1)St. Louis Cardinals
2)Milwaukee Brewers
3)Chicago Cubs
4)Houston Astros
5)Pittsburgh Pirates
6)Cincinnati Reds

NL West
1)LA Dodgers
2)Colorado Rockies (WC)
3)San Francisco Giants
4)San Diego Padres

Overall Analysis:
Philly remains the #1 team in the NL while the Yanks are #1 in the AL. I honestly do not see anyone contending with the Yankees in the AL while in the NL, St.Louis is normally a threat and if the Dodgers can get their chemistry together, they could pose a threat but the Phillies are by far the team to beat in the NL...still.

I wonder if the Rockies can carry themselves for a full season instead of being a second half surprise again, but I predict them to have the wild card again. I won't be surprised to see both the AL and NL have a competitive wild card race with Seattle raising its talent pool while Tampa Bay looks to return to WS glory from the other season. The Braves and Marlins are going to be going at for the 2 spot in the NL East and should contend with S.F. and Colorado in the wild card. If the Mets can stay healthy (stay being the key word), then the Mets could be the team to watch out for.

I see the Yanks going to the World Series yet again but I will make a somewhat bold prediction to have St. Louis against the Yanks in the fall classic. St. Louis in 7 to have Albert Pujols win his 2nd ring and St. Louis' 11 overall World Series title.
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NL East
Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Mets, Nationals

NL Central
Cardinals, Reds, Cubs, Brewers, Astros, Pirates

NL West
Diamondbacks, Rockies (WC), Giants, Dodgers, Padres

AL East
Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays

AL Central
Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Royals, Indians

AL West
Mariners, Rangers (WC), Angels, Athletics


World Series: Philadelphia over Minnesota




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