What can I say? This has been one helluva season so far. There are all sorts of things happening around the league, but none of which are all that important because the Pirates are one game out of first place with a 47-43 record! They are above .500 at the All-Star break! That is absolutely crazy when you think that at the beginning of the year we were wondering if they would win 70 games.
Anyways, you can find my original prediction’s here.
In the NL East, I have the division race pretty much on point except that the Marlins and Nationals are flip-flopped. I was also right about how much Nationals fans are loving Werth. Haha, suck it Washington! My insane prediction was that Mike Stanton would hit 40 HRs, which probably will not happen, but he does have 18 and he missed games with a nagging quad injury. Also, it took him awhile to really get rolling. This kid is going to crush balls for a long time.
I completely screwed up the NL Central. Who would have predicted it this way? Ryan thought the Cubs would win the division, I think we can all agree that one is probably not going to happen. My insane pick is actually way off: the Pirates lost to Greinke and Halladay, but beat Lohse. They have lost twice to Dillon Gee, but none of those were shutouts. They have not faced the others yet.
My NL West picks are almost exact if you take out the D-Backs. Apparently they decided to be pretty good as well. Hey, Mat Latos started the season hurt and is not having a very good year. He will probably not win 20 games.
My NL MVP was Troy Tulowitzki. He is having a good season, but not the best player in the league type season. Statistically speaking, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen are having the best seasons, if the Pirates win the division or even break their losing streak, I think people will mention Cutch as an MVP candidate. As of now though, the kind of guy that the writers love to vote for is either Jose Reyes (if he stays healthy all season, and stays in the NL) or Ryan Braun.
My prediction for Rockies players has not helped them at all. It looks like the Cy Young award is a nice race between the Phillies staff and Jair Jurrjens (you could toss a few other names in there as well). Honestly though, I think Roy Halladay will end up winning it from this point on.
ROY awards are difficult, they should be split into pitcher/hitter. Espinosa seems to be the leader in the NL, although, Freddie Freeman is heating up and could possibly pass him.
Over in the AL East, I was almost completely right except for the Red Sox being in first place, fortunately they are only one game above the Yankees. I was right about the Blue Jays not hitting as many HRs as last year, but what I hinted on was that Jose Bautista would not continue to destroy baseballs…I was way wrong.
I hate the AL Central, seriously. At least I was right about the White Sox not being in first place. Unfortunately, I did not picture the Indians and Tigers battling for first place. This is still a long season, who knows what will happen.
I pretty much nailed it with the Rangers, but Ryan was close with his Angels pick as they are only one game back. I was completely wrong with the A’s though. Minus the hitting part.
Naturally my picks in the AL awards races are way off. Jose Bautista is the favorite for MVP and Weaver/Verlander are probably the main Cy Young candidates. It looks like Mark Trumbo could probably win the ROY.
Anyways, there is still a good amount of baseball left and anything can happen. Hopefully more of my predictions are right and if they are going to end up wrong, let us just make sure it is the Buccos that completely wreck my division picks. I would love to have to buy playoff tickets…