Baseball 2008 Predictions

Well it is time to make my predictions for the upcoming year. Everyone better join in on these.

AL East
Boston
Yankees
Blue Jays
Devil Rays
Orioles

I seriously considered switching Toronto and Tampa Bay. The Rays will eventually (i.e. next couple years) do some damage in that division. Not saying they will win it, or ever get a wild card, but they could be the team that knocks the second place team out of the wild card hunt…But, not this year, not yet. Yankees get the Wild Card.

AL Central
Tigers
Indians
Twins
White Sox
Royals

The Tigers went out and truly improved their team. Miguel Cabrera in that lineup, scary. If that team stays healthy, it’s not nearly that close, if everyone gets hurt, then the Indians have a shot.

AL West
My favorite four team division…
Angels
Mariners
Rangers
A’s

Bedard helps the M’s out, but not enough to overcome the Angels.

NL East
Mets
Phillies
Braves
Nationals
Marlins

I know the Mets choked last year. But, I hate Philadelphia, and I will not pick them. Yes, I am childish…Phillies do get the Wild Card.

NL Central
Cubs
Brewers
Astros
Cardinals
Reds
Pirates

The Pirates suck, and will not do any better than last year.

NL West
Rockies
Dodgers
Padres
Diamondbacks
Giants

The D-Backs played much better than they really were. Their W-L expectancy had them with a losing record. You can say those things are unreliable, but look at how close they get every other team…well whatever.

Playoffs

ALDS: Boston over Los Angeles. Detroit over New York.
ALCS: Detroit over Boston.

NLDS: New York over Chicago. Colorado over Philadelphia.
NLCS: New York over Colorado.

World Series: Tigers 4-2.

NL MVP: David Wright
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera

NL CY Young: Johan Santana
AL CY Young: Jon Lackey

Pirates Losses: 101

Let me know what you think people. Give me your predictions.

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6 thoughts on “Baseball 2008 Predictions

  1. Alright boss, here’s my predictions.

    AL east

    Boston
    Yankees
    Toronto
    Tampa Bay
    Baltimore

    Yankees don’t make the playoffs, wild card will come from the central.

    AL Central

    Tigers
    Indians
    White Sox
    Royals
    Twins

    I would have put the indians for the division, but any pitching can win over the course of a season when their team scores 10,000 runs. I really don’t like the twins this year…They’re expecting too much from liriano.

    AL West

    Seattle
    Anaheim
    Oakland
    Texas

    I picked Seattle, not because of Bedard, but because of Silva and yes Adrian Beltre, who finally finds that stroke he had his final year in LA. Silva is great in the 3rd slot of the rotation and it will give jerrod washburn better matchups allllll season. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Angels don’t make the playoffs this year. Too much going on in the outfield and unhappy players.

    NL East

    New York
    Atlanta
    Philadelphia
    Florida
    Washington

    If New York stays healthier than this spring has suggested, they win this division by double digits. Philly’s run last year was a fluke, they can’t do that again. Another big year from Howard, but their pitching I dont think is strong enough. And watch out for Atlanta this year despite the rotations back 2 and aging HOFamers. If they make the playoffs and I think they will, you will see atlanta in the divisional finals.

    NL Central

    Chicago
    Milwaukee
    Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati
    Houston
    St. Louis

    I disagree with josh on the pirates. Not that they suck, but how badly they suck. A 500 team is possible this year i think, but i’m not optimistic. This division is just so bad, i see the pirates pulling out third place with a sub 500 season. The cubs are just the far superior team here.

    NL West

    Los Angeles
    San Diego
    Colorado
    Arizona
    San Francisco

    Los Angeles has all the pieces this year. I know he’s not what he was, but their starting rotation has a former cy-young runner up at the back end of the rotation, and I’m anxious to see how good Koruda is. I wouldn’t be surprised if arizona is in last place this year, they gave up more runs than they scored and make the playoffs??? come on! That’s not going to happen this year even if randy johnson has a healthy season between the 2 studs, san francisco is just too bad offensively to make any kind of run at anything…barry zito is anchoring the staff for christ sakes!

    AL MVP: Manny Ramirez (Adrian Beltre if he has the year i think he can)
    AL CY Young: Roy Halladay
    AL Comeback Player: Richie Sexson
    AL Most Improved: Alex Gordon

    NL MVP: Derek Lee
    NL CY YOUNG: Pedro Martinez
    NL Come Back Player: Jason Bay
    NL Most Improved: Stephen Drew

    AL Playoffs

    Boston
    Tigers
    Mariners

    wild card: Indians or Angels

    NL Playoffs

    Mets
    Cubs
    Dodgers

    wild card: Atlanta or San Diego

    World Series: Boston versus Cubs, and ironically boston stops the cubs from breaking the billy goat curse and wins their 3rd championship in 5 years, with yet another sweep.

    Pirates record: 79-83

  2. Kern…I like your picks, not too sure about Beltre though. The Yankees not making the playoffs is pretty bold, but I can understand it. Toronto and Tampa Bay, could ruin it for them, plus the fact that it could really be a battle between Red Sox/Yankees all year, leaving the Yankees just too far out of the wild card hunt…

    I see Liriano winning between 12-15.

    The main reason I have Houston up higher is because of their lineup. Oswalt will actually get some run support, and the other 4 scrub starters just need to keep them in it. Playing in the central, should not be that too difficult.

    Koruda should be fairly exciting too watch, I am annoyed you mentioned him because you probably have him on your watch list, I do, for fantasy…

    And yes, the W-L Expectancy makes a Pythagorean theorem out runs scored and runs allowed. They should have had a losing record. Good for them to play above that, but in the end, the law of averages will catch you. Plus having Young leadoff and only have a .295 OBP will probably hurt your chances of scoring runs.

    Pedro as your CY Young? Why not Kerry Wood, or Mark Prior…sorry, just cannot see Pedro staying healthy…

    I would love to see Jason Bay come back from wherever the hell he went, but I do not feel very optimistic.

    Ugh, if the Red Sox win again, I will probably move to another country for a few years. Stop watching baseball and become a gay soccer fan. Sorry futbol fan. And yes, by spelling it futbol that automatically makes one gay…

  3. I’m telling you man, nobody is going to benefit from the johan trade more than pedro. In fact, i would almost put money on the fact that pedro will have more wins this year than johan. Maybe, not better power numbers, but definitely more victories. The 2 best change-ups in the game one after the other in a series? Not to mention 2 different sides from the mound, no opposing coach can put a consistent line up day after day to compete with it. With johan there, he takes on all the big name pitcher match ups that pedro used to. Giving pedro favorable match ups, which usually leads to better run support. And if pedro can keep his era around 3.5 for the season he could win 18 games or more…if he stays healthy and i think he will. So like i said, i would almost put money on pedro winning more games than johan…almost

    Anybody else think we should broadcast your baseball blog posts we all put on here??? I’ve even got the station WENP 8008.5 SUCKS AM

  4. Kern…I do agree that Pedro benefits greatly with Johan being there. And I would love to see Pedro have a huge year. I think the Mets will keep him limited though. I do not see him having more than 20 starts. Plenty of weeks where they skip him in the rotation. Yeah, he may only have a record of like 12-5, but come September, when they need him, he will be healthy and ready to go…

    Haha, and yes, we should have a radio show…

  5. Okay I had to do some catch up reading…sorry I missed out on this debate. I’ll start with the predictions.

    AL East

    Boston
    Yankees
    Toronto
    Tampa Bay
    Baltimore

    Um..not much to say here. I was the risk taker last year that said the Yanks would not make the playoffs and I was dead wrong, so they are def my wild card pick…sorry injuns.

    AL Central

    Detroit
    Indians
    White Sox
    Twins
    Royals

    Tigers have the greatest offense I’ve ever seen in my lifetime…that I can rememeber at least. And Verlander has looked amazing in spring training so far…I wish I had drafted him…But I have Liriano (crossing every finger and toe)

    AL West

    Angels
    Mariners
    A’s
    Rangers

    Kearney no frickin way the Angels don’t make the playoffs…4 words – Lackey, Escobar, Weaver, Garland

    NL East

    Mets
    Atlanta
    Philadelphia
    Washington
    Florida

    Top heavy division. Enough bad teams to get Atlanta and their combination of youth and veterans back to the playoffs. And watch out if they do. Mets…well they have Pedro and Johan – having two pitchers you recognize by their first names is always a plus…sort of like Zach and Ian…or not.

    NL Central

    Cubs
    Brewers
    Cardinals/Astros/Pirates/Reds
    (sorry can’t even distinguish the bottom feeders in the NL Central..Houston has offense, but 4 of the worst starters, so no one can convince me they are doing anything this year.)

    I will be somewhat in between Josh and Kern’s prediction for the Pirates…just to be safe. The Brewers have an amazing offense and could do something great, but their pitching is still young and/or injury prone. I think they need another year. That leaves the Cubs by default.

    NL West

    Dbacks
    Dodgers
    Rockies
    Padres
    Giants

    The deepest division in baseball for sure. I disagree with the bashing of the Giants staff. I think Matt Cain is severely underrated, and with Zito adjusting to the NL and Lincecum up and coming, these guys are going to be good enough to keep the Giants around .500…maybe. The Dbacks may have been a fluke last year, but they were young and are only getting better. These guys have the potential to challenge any team in baseball, but I think they are a few years off still. I don’t see how you can’t pick them though with what they had last year plus Haren and maybe Randy…Dodgers and Rockies are good too, it’s tough but I think they beat each other up and the wildcard goes to the East.

    Ok so playoffs.

    Tigers over Yanks in 4
    Red Sox over Angels in 5

    Mets over Cubs in 5
    Braves over Dbacks in 4

    Tigers over Red Sox in 7
    Braves over Mets in 6

    Tigers over Braves in 5

    AL MVP Mr. Rodriguez, how can you not pick him?
    AL Cy Young Josh Beckett (maybe Verlander)

    NL MVP Ryan Howard
    NL Cy Young Johan (again, crossing fingers and toes…)

    That’s it, criticize away.

  6. Offord…The Tigers offense should be something pretty amazing this year (especially if Mags puts up any numbers remotely close to last years)

    Dude, Mr. Killarny is putting way too much stock into Silva. And let’s be honest, Beltre is not going to repeat that season he had in LA…The Angels rotation is much better than the rest of the AL West…

    Not much difference between us in NL Central and East…but lets go to the West.

    The Giants have absolutely no run support. I agree Matt Cain is underrated (actually he is not really underrated, sabremeticians use him as an example of why wins can be a poor stat to judge a pitcher by…) Aside from Zito, they have a young, talented staff, and could see them competing in a few years.

    If you remember the series back in May when the D-Backs played the Pirates, the buccos should have swept them, yet some reason just had so many unlucky breaks. I think that sums up the D-Backs season. Plenty of lucky breaks, but the law of averages will catch up with them.

    James and I discussed this recently, it seemed like last year the Giants (football) never had anything go there way, not just calls, but stupid shit too, but this year, everything went in their favor and they won the Super Bowl. Not trying to take anything away from them, but I think you get my point…hell the Steelers were like that (15-1 and no super bowl, then 10-6 and a ring…)

    Obviously football has a few less games than baseball, but I think you get my point.

    And yes, A-Rod is obviously always a candidate for MVP. Even a subpar year is better than most players best year, haha…

    Sidenote: Have you seen the picture of Beckett’s gut? haha, makes me want to drink more beer and try to pitch.

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