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Since: 8.10.03
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Season is coming fast, post your predicted standings, World Series, and awards here.

AL East
1. Yankees
2. Rays(WC)
3. Red Sox
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

AL Central
1. White Sox
2. Indians
3. Royals
4. Twins
5. Tigers

AL West
1. Angels
2. A's
3. Mariners
4. Rangers

MVP-Teixiera
Cy Young-Greinke

NL East
1. Mets
2. Phillies
3. Marlins
4. Braves
5. Nats

NL Central
1. Cubs
2. Cardinals(WC)
3. Reds
4. Brewers
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL West
1. Diamondbacks
2. Dodgers
3. Giants
4. Rockies
5. Padres

MVP-Pujols
Cy Young-Hamels

World Series-Rays over Mets


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AL East
Red Sox
Yankees (WC)
Tampa: I don't think the bullpen works back to back years
Blue Jays: This could be a really good firesale
Orioles

AL Central
Indians: On the old Stan Belinda Good Year/Bad Year theory
White Sox
Royals
Twins
Tigers: If they get off to a bad start, they might draw nothing.

AL West
Angels
Rangers: Will at least make the Angels work for it.
A's
Mariners

NL East
Phillies
Braves (WC)
Mets
Marlins
Nationals

NL Central
Astros: Maybe this will be the year they realize the season starts before August.
Cardinals
Cubs
Brewers
Reds
Pirates

NL West
Rockies: Overcome the World Series hangover from the previous season
Giants: If they could hit, I'd pick them to really do damage.
D'Backs
Dodgers: Bad Manny shows up.
Padres

NL Playoffs
Astros over Phillies
Rockies over Braves
Astros over Rockies

AL Playoffs
Red Sox over Indians
Angels make the Yankees their bitch again
Red Sox make the Angels their bitch again

World Series
Red Sox in 6 over Astros
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.89

    Originally posted by redsoxnation

    NL Central
    Astros: Maybe this will be the year they realize the season starts before August.
    Cardinals
    Cubs
    Brewers
    Reds
    Pirates

    World Series
    Red Sox in 6 over Astros



Um, the Astros may actually finish last this year.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
AL East

1 Red Sox
2 Yankees (Wild Card)
3 Blue Jays
4 Rays
5 Orioles

Time for the carriage to turn back into a pumpkin and the natural order of things to be restored. Yankees stop this whole not making the playoffs silliness having added Tex and CC.

AL Central

1 White Sox
2 Twins
3 Indians
4 Royals
5 Tigers

This division is just a freaking mess. I said the Sox just because I hope that's what happens, but really any of the top three teams could take this division, and whomever wins will be cannon fodder in the playoffs.

AL West

1 Angels
2 Rangers
3 A's
4 Mariners

This division is also pretty awful. Angels usually win, so I think they'll keep winning.

NL East

1 Phillies
2 Braves
3 Mets
4 Marlins
5 Nats

I admit to knowing little about this division. Phillies seem solid though. Braves added Javier Vazquez, and that never helps anyone.

NL Central

1 Cubs
2 Cardinals (WC)
3 Brewers
4 Astros
5 Reds
6 Pirates

The Cubs are pretty much just sort of sleepwalking until October. They'll win 95 games, and no one will really care. Their year is all about October. Cardinals get a healthy Carpenter back, and should improve to a WC spot.

NL West

1 Dodgers
2 Rockies
3 D-Backs
4 Padres
5 Giants

Manny is still one of the best hitters in the game and provides the difference in the division.

Playoffs
Red Sox over White Sox
Yankees over Angels
Yankees over Red Sox

Cubs over Dodgers
Phillies over Cardinals
Cubs over Cardinals

World Series: Cubs in six over New York. So much pitching! Cubs just have too much of it for the Yanks.

Awards:
AL Cy Young - Sabathia
NL Cy Young - Harden
AL MVP - Teixiera
NL MVP - Pujols




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.72
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
      Originally posted by redsoxnation

      NL Central
      Astros: Maybe this will be the year they realize the season starts before August.
      Cardinals
      Cubs
      Brewers
      Reds
      Pirates

      World Series
      Red Sox in 6 over Astros



    Um, the Astros may actually finish last this year.





They were dead in the water last year, and then made a run that could have gotten them to the playoffs if not for a hurricane. I won't pick the Cubs, so have to take a wacky pick someplace.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.89
AL East
1. Red Sox
2. Yankees
3. Rays
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

AL Central
1. Indians
2. White Sox (WC)
3. Twins
4. Royals
5. Tigers

AL West
1. Angels
2. Rangers
3. A's
4. Mariners

MVP-Grady Sizemore
Cy Young-Sabathia

NL East
1. Phillies
2. Mets (WC)
3. Braves
4. Nats
5. Marlins

NL Central
1. Cubs
2. Cardinals
3. Brewers
4. Reds
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL West
1. Giants
2. Dodgerss
3. Diamondbacks
4. Rockies
5. Padres

MVP-Pujols
Cy Young-Hamels

World Series-Angels over Cubs.

Other than all that jibbajab, Cashman must go for the sake of the Yanks, and it's the Nats year this year.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.85
AL East
1 New York
2 Tampa (WC)
3 Boston
4 Toronto
5 Orioles


AL Central
1 Minnesota
2 Chicago
3 Detroit
4 Kansas City
5 Cleveland

AL West
1 Anaheim
2 Oakland
3 Texas
4 Seattle


NL East
1 Philadelphia
2 New York (WC)
3 Atlanta
4 Florida
5 Washington

NL Central
1 Chicago
2 St. Louis
3 Milwaukee
4 Houston
5 Cincinatti
6 Pittsburgh


NL West
1 Los Angeles
2 Colorado
3 Arizona
4 San Diego
5 San Francisco


New York over Minnesota
New York over Anaheim

Los Angeles over New York
Los Angeles over Chicago

World Series: Yanks in 5. I pick the Yanks every season, no stopping now. CC, The Wanger, AJ, Pettitte, and Joba, with a few others in the wings (Hughes, Kennedy, Aceves), a strong, healthy pen, better defense than last year, an ok bench, and power. It all depends on health - just like it does in every season for every team.

I didn't really think much about any of these picks, to be honest.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.27
AL EAST
1. Boston
2. NYY (WC)
3. TB
4. Toronto
5. Baltimore

AL Central
1. Minny
2. CWS
3. Cleveland
4. Detroit
5. KC

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


MVP - Justin Morneau
Cy Young - Jon Lester

PLAYOFFS
Red Sox over Twins
Yankees over Angels

Red Sox over Yankees


NL EAST
1. Philly
2. NYM (WC)
3. Florida
4. Atlanta
5. Washington

NL Central
1. Cubs
2. Cards
3. Milwaukee
4. Houston
5. Cincy
6. Pittsburgh

NL WEST
1. LAD
2. AZ
3. Colorado
4. SD
5. SF

MVP - Ryan Howard
Cy Young - Johan Santana

PLAYOFFS
Philly over LAD
Cubs over NYM

Philly over Cubs

WORLD SERIES
Red Sox over Philly



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Since: 10.1.08
From: westbury, new york

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.63
AL East: BOS/TB(WC)/NYY/BAL/TOR

AL Central: CLE/MIN/DET/CHI/KC

AL West: LAA/TEX/OAK/SEA

NL East: PHI/NYM(WC)/FLA/ATL/WAS

NL Central: MIL/CHI/STL/CIN/PIT

NL West: SF/LAD/COL/ARI/SD

Al MVP: Grady Sizemore (CLE)

AL CY Young: CC Sabathia (NYY)

NL MVP: Albert Pujols (STL)

NL CY Young: Johan Santana (NYM)

Playoffs:

NL: PHI over SF/ MIL over NYM/ PHI over MIL

AL: TB over CLE/ LAA over BOS/ LAA over TB

World Series: PHI over LAA in 6.







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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.37
AL East
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Tampa Bay Rays
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Toronto Blue Jays

I'm not convinced that lightning will strike twice for the Rays. No, this is the year that order is restored. Wonderful...boring...repetitive order.

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

The Twins somehow keep managing to compete, when the losses of Hunter and Santana last year should have logically taken them out of it. I'm sold on the Twins and I think they play with a huge chip on their shoulder after narrowly losing out last year. The Royals will shockingly keep everyone on their toes.

AL WEST
1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2. Seattle Mariners
3. Oakland A's
4. Texas Rangers

Speaking of wonderful...boring...repetitive order, here's the AL West. The Angels have no one who can compete with them, though the A's will try until their lineup falls to injury. Angels win the division running away...and lose in the first round to the Red Sox, like they do every year. Sigh...

NL EAST
1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. New York Mets
3. Florida Marlins
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Washington Nationals

The Mets start off the first two months under-.500 before firing Jerry Manuel, showing they learned NOTHING from the year before. The only difference will be that the starters will collapse, and not that much-improved bullpen. There's no reason to believe Philly will drop off, as they still have all the pieces for success. Ryan Howard goes off for another 50 HR's and steroids will inevitably be brought up as a possibility.

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

If Cris Carpenter is healthy, this will be all Cardinals. Either way, I think the Cubs are so shell-shocked by their first-round exit last year that they'll fall to a close Wild Card win over the Brewers.

NL WEST
1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Colorado Rockies
4. San Francisco Giants
5. San Diego Padres

Hooray for the Dodgers for finally signing Manny. Of course, they didn't bother to sign PITCHING, so that'll come back to bite them when Haren and Webb carry Arizona to a first place finish.

Playoffs:

New York Yankees d. Minnesota Twins
Boston Red Sox d. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Boston Red Sox d. New York Yankees

Philadelphia Phillies d. Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals d. Arizona Diamondbacks

Philadelphia Phillies d. St. Louis Cardinals

WORLD SERIES:
Boston Red Sox d. Philadelphia Phillies




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Since: 4.1.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.04
AL East: Boston, New York, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Baltimore
AL Central: Cleveland, Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, Kansas City
AL West: Anaheim, Oakland, Seattle, Texas

NL East: Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Florida, Washington
NL Central: Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Houston, Pittsburgh
NL West: Arizona, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado, San Diego

Wild cards: Yankees, Dodgers

World Series: Arizona over Cleveland

AL MVP: Evan Longoria
AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
AL ROY: Matt Wieters
NL MVP: Manny Ramirez
NL Cy Young: Johan Santana
NL ROY: Dexter Fowler



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.23
Griffey hits a HR in his first Safeco at bat.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
I've never been right, but I've been damn close a few times. Last year could not have gone worse however, with my handing out the bulk of the AL Awards to the Tigers, who I predicted would win roughly 161 games or more.

Let's see how 2009 goes.

NL EAST

1) Atlanta
2) Philadelphia (Wild Card)
3) Florida
4) New York
109) Washington

NOTES: Love Atlanta's retooled staffed, royally pissed about letting John Smoltz walk. Appears to be chemistry issues in New York, Minaya has not fixed them. Florida coming together nicely, despite the dumping of anyone about to make any kind of money in the offseason. If Washington performs as I expect them to, they should lose their place in the majors to the top AAA team next year. Defending champs win Wild Card, and then strut stuff in playoffs.

NL CENTRAL

1) Chicago
2) St. Louis
3) Cincinnati
4) Milwaukee
5) Houston
6) Pittsburgh

NOTES: Don't discount the power of veterans leaving a ballclub potentially improving it. Dunn and Griffey overshadowed the rest of the Cincy boys so dramatically, now it's a world where the new stars are here, and they'll have something to prove without anyone to hide behind. Pittsburgh blows.

NL WEST

1) Los Angeles
2) Arizona
3) Colorado
4) San Francisco
5) San Diego

NOTES: Maybe hardest division in baseball to pick? Los Angeles about to take The Leap behind Kemp, Ethier, and the rest of those kids who've been up for a couple years. Kershaw and Billingsley are the wild cards. San Diego toiles in mediocrity after letting franchise player leave angry. Well deserved karma.

AL EAST

1) Boston
2) New York (Wild Card)
3) Tampa Bay
4) Baltimore
5) Toronto

NOTES: Toronto's offseason was horrendous and an embarrassment to the city. Baltimore will be better, but will never stop being The Orioles. Boston reminds us why they're the team of the decade. New York continues to dominate headlines and irritate everyone not living in New York. Poor TB.

NL CENTRAL

1) Cleveland
2) Kansas City
3) Chicago
4) Minnesota
5) Detroit

NOTES: Ozzie Guillen is fired after watching American History X and curb stomping a player mirred in an 0-18 slump. Kansas City shocks us all, like they did whenever the hell that last time was they improved (5 years ago?). Detroit destined to finish last after making me believe they were awesome last year. Indians win division with ease.

AL WEST

1) Los Angeles of Anaheim
2) Oakland
3) Texas
4) Seattle

NOTES: Griffey Jr. does nothing to improve Seattle outside of jersey sales. Anaheim sends Gary Matthews Jr. packing as soon as payroll alerts management he's on the hook for $11 mil per season for like 3 more years. Oakland plays Moneyball and continues to not win World Series titles. Texas sells team to GW Bush. Following a bench clearing brawl with the Yankees, Bush declares war on the Royals.



NL MVP: Albert Pooholes
NL CY: Jake Peavy
AL MVP: Grady Sizemore
AL CY: Felix Hernandez
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Since: 8.10.03
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
    Originally posted by cfgb

    AL CENTRAL

    Kansas City shocks us all, like they did whenever the hell that last time was they improved (5 years ago?).



Yeah, but this time they might actually be improved, unlike in 2003 when it was smoke and mirrors and rabbits feet and four-leaf clovers and...you get the point. Then again, for some reason they sent former #1 pick Luke Hochever, who had a decent spring, down so they could have the immortal Sir Sidney Ponson in the rotation. While I don't expect that to last very long, it's kinda sad that he'll be starting in the freaking home opener against the Yankees! But then watch him pitch decent for a start or two and fool the Royals management into thinking he might be good again. And then he'll proceed to stink up the joint while Hochevar pitches well in AAA and we'll have a Livan Hernandez/Francisco Liriano with the Twins situation.
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AL East
1. Red Sox
2. Rays(WC)
3. Yankees
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

AL Central
1. White Sox
2. Royals
3. Indians
4. Twins
5. Tigers

AL West
1. Angels
2. Mariners
3. A's
4. Rangers

Red Sox over Rays
White Sox over Angels

Red Sox over White Sox

MVP-Abreu
Cy Young-Greinke

NL East
1. Mets
2. Phillies
3. Marlins
4. Braves
5. Nats

NL Central
1. Cubs
2. Cardinals(WC)
3. Brewers
4. Reds
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL West
1. Dodgers
2. Diamondbacks
3. Rockies
4. Giants
5. Padres

MVP-Pujols
Cy Young-Carpenter

Cardinals over Cubs
Mets over Dodgers

Mets over Cardinals

World Series
Mets over Red Sox

Let me also state, I have no idea where this Grady Sizemore love comes from. Curtis Granderson is the exact same player only better.




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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.24
AL EAST
1. Yankees
2. Red Sox (WC)
3. Rays (3rd best record in the AL, but out of the playoffs)
4. Orioles
5. Blue Jays

AL CENTRAL
1. Indians
2. Tigers
3. Twins
4. Royals
5. White Sox

AL WEST
1. Athletics
2. Angels
3. Mariners
4. Rangers

NL EAST
1. Mets
2. Phillies
3. Braves
4. Nationals
5. Marlins

NL CENTRAL
1. Cubs
2. Brewers
3. Cardinals
4. Reds
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL WEST
1. Dodgers
2. Diamondbacks (WC)
3. Giants
4. Padres
5. Rockies

Cubs over Red Sox
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American League East
1. Red Sox
2. Yankees (WC)
3. Rays
4. Orioles
5. Blue Jays
Red Sox win out because of A-Rod's absence. Those thinking the Yankees will manage because there won't be A-Rod distractions are crazy, the offense is very unimpressive without A-Rod's bat. Their pitching does look great on paper, but we know how that works.

American League Central
1. Twins
2. Indians
3. Royals
4. White Sox
5. Tigers
I'll take the Twins just because everybody else in the division goes from bad to good so fast it's impossible to tell which one they'll be this year. Also I don't think there is anything shocking about the Royals competing since there have been more votes for them to finish 2nd or 3rd in the division than 4th or 5th. Almost everybody is picking them as a sleeper, which means they aren't a sleeper.

American League West
1. Rangers
2. A's
3. Angels
4. Mariners
Not likely, but I think the Angels could fall apart at any minute and usual the Rangers have a good looking offense.

National League East
1. Mets
2. Phillies
3. Marlins
4. Braves
5. Nationals
There's about a dozen ways the Mets can easily improve this season. The Phillies on the other hand hit their ceiling last season and will come down, that's easily the three game difference in the division. I also don't get the love for the Braves. The only two sure things is that 1) Brian McCann and Chipper Jones will be good and 2) Brian McCann and Chipper Jones will miss 50 - 60 games combined.

National League Central
1. Reds
2. Cardinals
3. Cubs
4. Pirates
5. Astros
6. Brewers
That's probably expecting too much from Votto, Bruce, Volquez but oh well, I'm not picking the Cubs and yes I did pick the Pirates to finish above last.

National League West
1. Rockies
2. Diamondbacks (WC)
3. Giants
4. Dodgers
5. Padres
If Iannetta, Stewart and Dexter Fowler are for real then that's an awfully good lineup in Coors Field. I know the question mark is always pitching but it's almost the exact same pitching staff that won two years ago except they have Street instead of Fuentes.

AL MVP - Josh Hamilton
AL Cy Young - Scott Kazmir
AL Rookie of the Year - not Matt Wieters or David Price
NL MVP - David Wright
NL Cy Young - Dan Haren
NL Rookie of the Year - Dexter Fowler

ALDS
Red Sox over Rangers
Twins over Yankees

NLDS
Mets over Diamondbacks
Rockies over Reds

ALCS
Red Sox over Twins

NLCS
Mets over Rockies

World Series
Mets over Red Sox



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