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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
...what's everyone's predictions?

AL East: I think the Rays can actually hang on and win this. At the least, I think they've got the wild card just in case Boston does in fact go on a run. The two teams still have six head-to-head games against each other so that will decide it. As a Jays fan, I'm just hoping they finish ahead of the hated Yankees for third.

AL Central: The White Sox and Twins meet in Minnesota in the second-last series of the year. Hopefully it stays tied until then since nothing's better than win-or-go-home baseball. I'll pick the Twins, what the hell, they've topped expectations all year, why not keep it going?

AL West: The Angels might clinch by next weekend, they can start setting their playoff rotation.

NL East: I can't even imagine being a Mets fan right now watching that bullpen try to clinch a division. The Phillies squeak it out on the last day again.

NL Central: Cubs win it, Brewers get the wild card, no suspense here.

NL West: I think the D-Backs have enough pitching to pull out the battle to finish over .500.....er, the battle for the division crown


AL MVP: Carlos Quentin
AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
AL Rookie of the Year: Hard to say given the injuries to Longoria and Joba. Maybe Brad Ziegler? I feel like I'm forgetting someone really obvious here.

NL MVP: Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young: This might cause some controversy, but at this point, I might have to vote for C.C. Sabathia
NL Rookie of the Year: Geovany Soto



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.61
I'll take the Rays, White Sox, Angels and Red Sox as the AL playoff teams, with the Mets, Cubs, Brewers and DBacks in the NL.

Cliff Lee takes the AL Cy Young, Quentin is the MVP. As for rookie of the year...I don't know. There's no way that he deserves it, but 45 steals and the fact that he's healthy at the end of the year might make a case for Jacoby Ellsbury.

In the NL, I'll take Pujols for the MVP and Soto for ROY. The Cy Young should go to Brandon Webb or Tim Lincecum, but I think it will go to CC.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.41
Ramirez at 2nd base for the White Sox could make a run for ROY if Longoria doesn't get healthy soon.
Tampa is 8 up for a playoff spot with a month to go, so they would need a monumental collapse not to make it.
Red Sox have played good baseball since the trade deadline, and if they can get some of the injured back (Beckett, Drew, Lowell) they could be a dangerous team if they get in. At this point I'd rather take my shot against the Angels in a 5 game series where you can jump them early and possibly steal the series before they even get into it.
If the Twins get in the playoffs, Morneau is the MVP again. Tough to see that though with another long road trip following the death march they still are on.
Have watched a lot of the White Sox the last few weeks, and they are just a weird team.
Chicago Cubs, for having the best record in the NL, here is your probable reward: Webb, Haren, Johnson. On the bright side, you'll get 2 home playoff games this season.
I can't see the Met arson squad not destoying them at some point in September.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Have watched a lot of the White Sox the last few weeks, and they are just a weird team.
Tell me about it. I have no idea who is going to show up at any given point. I never thought their season would ride on Scott Linebrink getting healthy, but if he can't come back the last few weeks of the season I can't see them holding off the Twins. But then, they've done it for months already, so who knows?

The Cubs really look like the class of MLB this year, assuming Zambrano gets healthy again. I can't imagine any team they can't beat in a playoff series with that insanely wicked bullpen of Wood, Marmol, and Samardzija. If they're winning after six innings, the game is pretty much over. And with Soriano, Lee, Ramirez (who might be the NL MVP before the year ends) anchoring a near unstoppable lineup...I don't think we get to a second century of Cub futility, especially if the D-Backs falter and miss the playoffs.

Has there been a better trade in the last 12 months than Carlos Quentin for Chris Carter (A ball player)? Well, better from a Sox fan perspective at least? :)



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.54
ALC: Sox.

ALE: Rays. Sox WC.

ALW: Angels.

Angels over BoSox, Rays over ChiSox. Angels over Rays.


NLC: Cubs. Brewers WC.

NLE: Phillies.

NLW: Dodgers.

Cubs over Dodgers, Brewers over Phillies. Don't talk to me about the NLCS.


pujols 4 MVP~! Give C.C. the NL Cy Young already, short stay be damned. Boy's EARNED it.

(edited by PeterStork on 31.8.08 1958)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.74
    Originally posted by PeterStork
    Cubs over Dodgers, Brewers over Phillies. Don't talk to me about the NLCS.

I'm assuming that's a Redbird fan's worst nightmare?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.54
    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by PeterStork
      Cubs over Dodgers, Brewers over Phillies. Don't talk to me about the NLCS.

    I'm assuming that's a Redbird fan's worst nightmare?


No, I just can't pick a winner. I have no issues with the Brew Crew winning the whole thing, and will in fact be rooting for them.

And, honestly, the Cubs winning it all is not the end of the world either. The Cubs winning seven eight [edit: I can't count] straight would be. Anything less than that is fine.

But I will cheer the successes of the NL Central. Huzzah!

(edited by PeterStork on 31.8.08 2121)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.18
The NL West has turned into a question of "Who wants it the least?" with the D-Backs getting swept by the Padres and the Dodgers getting swept by the Nationals (!) this past week. It's probably one of the ugliest division races I've seen in a while. I was convinced that the D-Backs could win on their pitching, but Haren and Webb both coughed up big games against the Dodgers this weekend. Hard to tell which team will suck less than the other and make the playoffs.

EDIT: Do I dare to even mention that the Colorado Rockies are just 6 games back. I'm just saying...

I don't know what to do with myself now that the Yankees won't be playing this October. It's not something I'm used to seeing. The only thing better would be if the Twins took the Wild Card and we had an October without BOTH the Yankees and Red Sox. What would the networks do with themselves?

AL West: Angels
AL Central: White Sox
AL East: Rays
Wild Card: Twins

Angels over Twins, White Sox over Rays, Angels over White Sox (Take THAT, AJ Pierzynski!)

NL West: D-Backs
NL Central: Cubs
NL East: Phillies
Wild Card: Brewers

Cubs over D-Backs, Brewers over Phillies, Cubs over Brewers

World Series: Angels over Cubs

AL MVP: Carlos Quentin
AL Cy Young: Francisco Rodriguez
AL RoY: Evan Longoria

NL MVP: Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young: C.C. Sabathia
NL RoY: Geovany Soto

(edited by It's False on 1.9.08 0011)



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
    Originally posted by It's False
    AL Cy Young: Francisco Rodriguez


Is this a 'this is what I think will happen' pick or a 'this is what I think should happen' pick? If it's the latter, then it's arguin' time.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.18
    Originally posted by Big Bad
      Originally posted by It's False
      AL Cy Young: Francisco Rodriguez


    Is this a 'this is what I think will happen' pick or a 'this is what I think should happen' pick? If it's the latter, then it's arguin' time.


A little from Column A and a little from Column B. But about 95% from Column A. Believe me, I've seen all of K-Rod's outings and for as many saves as he's got, NONE OF THEM ever come easy and 1-2-3 9th innings are few and far-between for him.




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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.50
Yeah, any argument for K-Rod is absurd. The closer is an overrated position and the save is an overrated stat to begin with but when you add the fact that K-Rod isn't even the best closer then it's a pretty ridiculous argument. I mean the ROYALS closer is having a better season than K-Rod, he just plays on the Royals instead of the Angels.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.88
I think the precedent set in 1998 with Randy Johnson finishing 3rd in NL Cy Young voting after going something like 10-1 with a sub-2.00 ERA after being traded to Houston will prevent Sabathia from getting serious consideration. Which is unfortuate, considering what a 1/2 year he's having with the Brewers.

I'll go with Brandon Webb winning the NL Cy Young and Ryan Dempster finishing second even though I'd like to see it the other way around. Taking nothing away from Webb but the way that Dempster made the closer-to-starter transition has been amazing considering the success he's had.
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Since: 12.2.02
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.27
I'll go with Lee and CC for matching Cy Youngs this year just to really poke Tribe fans in the eye. Sigh.

Here's to next year. Again.




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Since: 26.3.03
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.50
AL East: Rays hold on.
AL Central: White Sox scrape through.
AL West: Angels
AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL East: Mets, by like half a game
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: If the Dodgers of the last three games (and not the 8 before) show up for the rest of the season, they'll win the division. I'm just worried that the D-backs that beat the Cardinals yesterday will also show up for the rest of the season. I still say Dodgers, though.
NL Wild Card: Brewers

Awards: I don't follow everything closely enough to make predictions here. Would Manny be in contention for NL MVP if the Dodgers win the division?



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
Ah hell, if predictions be the coin of the realm...

AL:
East - Rays
Central - Twins
West - Angels
WC - Red Sox

Rays over Twins
Red Sox over Angels
Red Sox over Rays

NL:
East - Mets
Central - Cubs
West - Dbacks
WC - Brewers

Mets over Brewers
Cubs over Dbacks
Cubs over Mets

World Series - Cubs win in 6 over Boston in Fox Network's wet dream of a series.

Awards:
AL MVP - Dustin Pedroia
NL MVP - Ryan Braun
AL CY - Cliff Lee
NL CY - Ryan Dempster
AL ROY - Evan Longoria
NL ROY - Geovany Soto





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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.40
Problem with Pedroia for MVP (and yes, I was one of those last April that wanted to send him down and play Cora) is that any argument you make for Pedroia, I could counter with an argument for Youkilis, and vice versa, thus they neutralize each other in the vote. If anyone said before the season the Red Sox had 2 viable MVP candidates, I don't think these were the 2 guys people would have considered.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Problem with Pedroia for MVP (and yes, I was one of those last April that wanted to send him down and play Cora) is that any argument you make for Pedroia, I could counter with an argument for Youkilis, and vice versa, thus they neutralize each other in the vote. If anyone said before the season the Red Sox had 2 viable MVP candidates, I don't think these were the 2 guys people would have considered.

Honestly, I think the thing is if my 4 teams make the playoffs, you have no real viable contenders from the Rays or Angels (outside of K-Rod, who won't win). The Twins have Morneau and Mauer but they don't really do much this year. I could see a lot of voters looking and saying "Pedroia was batting champ, give him MVP"

If the White Sox make the playoffs, Carlos Quentin wins it.



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Since: 8.10.03
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.20
AL East-Tampa holds on
AL Central-Sox
AL West-Angels(haven't they clinched already?)
AL Wild Card-Red Sox(the dream of a Sox/Yanksless playoffs is dashed)

NL East-Phils(I don't trust teams with no pen)
NL Central-Cubs
NL West-who cares? DBacks
NL Wild Card-Brewers(stupid choking Cards)

LDS
Angels over Red Sox in 4
White Sox over Tampa in 5(despite the strong home crowd of 10,000 rooting on the Rays)

DBacks over Cubs in 4(wait til next year!)
Brewers over Phils in 3

LCS
Angels over Sox in 5
Brewers over DBacks in 7

World Series
Brewers over Angels in 6

AL MVP-Carlos Quentin
AL Cy Young-Cliff Lee
AL ROY-Longoria(some love for Mike Aviles of the Royals though)
Manager-Joe Maddon

NL MVP-Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young-CC
NL ROY-Soto
Manager-La Russa

(edited by MUTigermask on 4.9.08 0837)
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.88
    Originally posted by MUTigermask


    Manager-La Russa

    (edited by MUTigermask on 4.9.08 0837)


Huh? Barring a miracle, St. Louis is on pace to finish in 4th place in their division 13 games back. Explain this one to me please.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.20
Well, I'm a biased Cards fan for one. And the consensus before the season was that they'd be 5th or 6th and lose 90+ games. And I'm going on what has happened so far. They are 10 games back and in 3rd right now, five behind the Wild Card. If they fall back my opinion will change.
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