Selfish But Accurate(?) Speculations
Ahhh predictions. I love making predictions. I get to obnoxiously argue why the underdogs will make a run for the title while hiding myself from the truth — that I’m terribly wrong. My more general predictions are usually inaccurate, but due to my psychic-gift (I’m not actually a psychic though I have convinced people on many occasions that I do possess powers) my specific predictions (“the next pitch will be a ground ball to SS for an inning ending double play” or “he’ll be safe at first on the error and end up scoring the winning run from third on a sac fly to right-center”) are usually spot on. I’m not prepared to make any specific guesses yet, but I’ll dabble in the general predictions world. When the season ends, feel free to laugh in my face, or congratulate me with snorkeling goggles and a lifetime supply of champagne.
HR Derby Champ: David Wright. (With the derby at Citi this year, David better be involved. Not dealing with another Billy Butler-like story from last year.)
All-Star Game Winner: NL
AL East, Central, West, WC(2): Orioles, Tigers, Angels, Red Sox/White Sox
NL East, Central, West, WC(2): Mets, Cubs, Padres, Rockies/Nationals
ALDS Champs: Orioles, White Sox
NLDS Champs: Mets, Nationals
ALCS Champ: Orioles
NLCS Champ: Mets
World Series Champs: Mets (Yes, I’m planning for a 1969 repeat.)
HR Derby Champ: Prince Fielder
All-Star Game Winner: NL
AL East, Central, West, WC(2): Orioles, Tigers, Rangers, Blue Jays/Angels
NL East, Central, West, WC(2): Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers, Phillies/Pirates
ALDS Champs: Orioles, Rangers
NLDS Champs: Nationals, Pirates
ALCS Champ: Rangers
NLCS Champ: Nationals
World Series Champs: Nationals
McCutchen will do big things for the Pirates again this year and will be in the race for the batting title. If the rest of the team steps up as well, I think they have a nice shot at a playoff run (and their first since 1992).
As usual, the Mets are New York’s other team and while there is no lack of heart with them, there seems to be an ever present lack of large numbers in the W column come September. While a playoff berth would be great, most Mets fans just want a season that tops the Yankees. And maybe a game that ends without Castillo dropping a routine popup… (Yeah, I’m aware that’s pretty easy seeing as he’s no longer a Met. But it is forever engraved in my mind…)
The Blue Jays. Are we going to see a whole new team this year? Dickey, Reyes, Cabrera, Bonifacio, Buehrle, and a lot of other people, mostly former Marlins (I’m probably the first person to mention this) were added this off season. I think with the already talented players from 2012 plus the new additions the Jays will have a great shot at a playoff spot. (Also, sending Josh Thole down on opening day and making Blanco the starting catcher? Wow. Low blow. But love “Hank White”, as the Mets called him.)
The Houston Astros. I don’t know if their move to the AL will help at all, but I hope that’s the change they needed (along with acquiring some pretty bomb players this winter). I don’t know much about the Astros. That’s my goal for the season – to learn more about the Astros. You can quiz me in October.
Orioles – not too many changes coming into spring as far as trades and acquisitions, but with last year’s overwhelming success, I’m confident they can repeat. Plus, this marks Manny Machado’s first (hopefully) full big league season and the return of Brian Roberts. I won’t be surprised if the O’s pull off 95+ wins.
Nationals – As much as we all love to hate on Bryce Harper, he’s a phenom. Second pitch, first at bat HR? HR second at bat? I’ll take it. Losing Morse is a low blow, but LaRoche will definitely come through at first base.
You may have noticed that I did not include SF Giants anywhere. I’m bitter – 2 championships in 3 years? You’ll have to excuse my selfish decision to leave them off my list. Also, I genuinely don’t think they’ll make a run for it this season.
(I promise my next post will have more pictures. I’m still learning this whole WordPress thing. Apparently it’s more advanced (i.e. confusing) than Blogspot.)