Archive | May 2013

Reviewing My NL Predictions

In the National League I picked the Reds, Nationals and Diamondbacks to finish atop their divisions.  I also picked the Braves and Pirates to join them in the playoffs as the Wild Card teams. 

NL Central

In the NL Central my predictions were the Reds finishing first, with the Pirates, Cardinals, Brewers then Cubs rounding it out.  I also had the Pirates finishing in the second Wild Card spot.  The Central currently have three of the four best teams in the league right now with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds.  They are also the three top teams in ERA and WHIP in the MLB.  Jason Grilli has been a dominating force for the Pirates in the closer role and he leads the league in Saves with 22.  It is still early in the season and I think the Reds are still in a great position to have the best record in the National League.

St. Louis Cardinals – 35 – 18

Pittsburgh Pirates – 34 – 20

Cincinnati Reds – 33 – 21

Chicago Cubs – 22 – 30

Milwaukee Brewers – 19 – 33

NL East

The Atlanta Braves are leading the East Division by 5.5 games, the biggest lead by any of the Division leaders.  The Nationals are only at .500 so far in this short MLB season so far but I definitely expect them to keep getting better and better.  I picked the Nationals to win the division with the Braves getting a Wild Card spot and then the Phillies, Marlins and Mets finishing in that order.  The Marlins have the worst record in the MLB and I think that they will finish that way even though I did not pick them that way.  They are dead last in many hitting categories in the National League, which is understandable because many people say that they have a Triple A lineup. 

Atlanta Braves – 31 – 21

Washington Nationals – 27 – 27

Philadelphia Phillies – 26 – 28

New York Mets – 22 – 29

Miami Marlins – 13 – 41

NL West

 

I didn’t think the Dodgers were going to make the playoffs this year even with their huge payroll, but I did not think that they would ever be 8 games below .500.  I thought that this would be one of the best divisions in baseball and would end up beating each other up, which is pretty much what is happening.  The Diamondbacks are leading the division and the Dodgers are in last but they are only 7 games apart.  The Dodgers do still have a lot of time to turn it around and get to the top of the division.  I picked the Diamondbacks to win the division with the Dodgers, Giants, Rockies and then Padres finishing last. 

Arizona Diamondbacks – 30 – 24

San Francisco Giants – 29 – 25

Colorado Rockies – 28 – 26

San Diego Padres – 24 – 29

Los Angeles Dodgers – 22 – 30

 

The current playoff picture looks like this:

1. St. Louis Cardinals

2. Atlanta Braves

3. Arizona Diamondbacks

WC – Pittsburgh Pirates

WC – Cincinnati Reds

 

Currently I only have one playoff team incorrect so far in this early season.  I still feel confident about my picks, especially confident with the way that the Pirates and Reds are playing.  The Diamondbacks are going to have a tough road with the teams that are in that division and with the Giants who know how to win. 

 

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Reviewing my American League Predictions

It’s just about a quarter of the way through the MLB season and I am going to be reviewing the predictions that I made at the beginning of the season.  Here we go. 

AL Central

In the AL Central I predicted that the Detroit Tigers would win the Division with the Indians, Royals, White Sox and Twins to follow in that order.  I thought that the Royals and White Sox would be doing better than they are now but there is still a lot of ball to be played, Royals lineup needs to give some run support to their new pitching (mostly because I have James Shields on 2 fantasy teams and he only has 2 wins with a 2.47 ERA and a .96 WHIP, CMON!).  I am still going to stick with my predictions that the Tigers will win the division and the Indians are going to be one of two AL Wild Cards.

Cleveland Indians – 27 – 19

Detroit Tigers – 26 – 19  

Kansas City Royals – 21 – 23 

Chicago White Sox – 21 – 24 

Minnesota Twins – 18 – 26

AL East

The AL East is a well-rounded division.  The Red Sox and Yankees are doing a lot better than I thought they would be, the Red Sox especially.  The Yankees have the 2nd best record in the American League with 28 wins and 18 losses.  The revival of Vernon Wells career has been a huge lift to a lineup that lost Mark Teixeira, A Rod (good riddance) Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson (who is back now) to injury.  The Blue Jays, even though I didn’t think they were going to be a playoff team are doing a lot worse than I had predicted but are 7-3 in their last ten games so they are getting better.  I thought that the East would end up with the Orioles winning with the Blue Jays, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox finishing in that order.  So far my predictions are off but I do still think that the Orioles will persevere through a tough grind better than any of the other teams and still come out on top; especially with Manny Machado’s emergence and Nate McClouth’s renewed career along with Chris Davis, Adam Jones, JJ Hardy and Matt Weiters. 

New York Yankees – 28 – 18

Boston Red Sox – 28 – 20

Baltimore Orioles – 25 – 22

Tampa Bay Rays – 24 – 22

Toronto Blue Jays – 20 – 27

AL West

The AL West is so far about how I predicted it with my two playoffs teams flip flopped, just like the Central.  The Rangers are leading the division with the American League’s best record and the Athletics’ are in 2nd place with a record of 25-23.  The Angels started off very slow but have won their last 5 games.  Houston is a very bad team and is still trying to find their identity in their new league.  The Mariners have lost 6 straight games but are tied with the Angels for 3rd in the division.  They have some bright spots now and then with the additions of Morse and Ibanez in the lineup; and then King Felix, Wilhemson and Iwakuma have been good pitching but they just do not have enough talent to compete in the tough AL West. 

Texas Rangers – 30 – 17

Oakland Athletics – 25 – 23

Los Angeles Angels – 20 – 27

Seattle Mariners – 20 – 27

Houston Astros – 14 – 33

So far in the league the seeds would look like this:

1. Texas Rangers

2. New York Yankees

3. Cleveland Indians

WC – Boston Red Sox

WC – Detroit Tigers

But it is still early in the season and there are about 115-120 games left for each team.  I am still holding onto my predictions and I have made then for a reason.  Of course these standings are not going to be the same all year long.  Who knows with injuries, trades and the hot/cold streaks of baseball.  For all we know the Astros could win the World Series.  Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little( A LOT!!!) about that. 

 

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