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Monday, April 6, 2009

Kyle's More Excessive, Less Interesting MLB Predictions

Kyle's 2009 Baseball Predictions

Though I don’t follow baseball quite as closely as I should, seeing as I am writing for a sports blog, I feel compelled to go along with everyone else in making predictions for the season that kicks off this week. I’ll start with my league predictions:

National League

NL East
I think the Braves are the clear favorite here. A pitching staff lined with Glavine, Smoltz, and Maddux is most definitely the way to go. Not to mention Andruw and Chipper Jones are both suited for breakout seasons. Look for the Braves to win yet another division title, adding to their continuing streak.

NL Central
The Central should get a little more exciting now that the Milwaukee Brewers have moved to the NL, making this into a 6-team division. But I’m going to have to go with the St. Louis Cardinals here. Coming off his 70-home run season, I don’t think anything can slow down McGwire and the Cards, pending another roll by Sosa and the Cubs.

NL West
I’m going to have to take the Rockies. Look for Luis Vizcaino to be a serious Cy Young contender, even pitching out of a hitter’s ballpark. Plus they’ve got all of the Blake Street Bombers returning for another season.

NL Wildcard
Cincinnati Reds. Bench and Rose won’t let the Reds miss the playoffs again this year.

American League

AL East
This one is obvious, the Yankees are in. Jeter and Rivera will anchor down a team that is so well endowed it can afford to have DiMaggio batting 2nd in the lineup. Lookout for this team, a possible perfect record is in order.

AL Central
In the Central, I like the Kansas City Royals. If there’s one thing I can do well, it’s evaluating career potential. And they have some young talent in this kid Bo Jackson, and trust me; he’s going to be around for a long time. Kevin Appier as well, a kid who should anchor this pitching staff for years to come. And look for breakout seasons from Rey Palacios and Gerald Perry. If George Brett can have another great season, this team is a World Series threat. I think this team could go 14-2.

AL West
In the West, I like the Lakers. The trade for Shaq should make a formidable duo with Shaq and Kobe, who can essentially run a two man show all the way to the World Series. This team could put up huge numbers come playoff time, especially if Derek Fischer can stay healthy.

AL Wildcard
Gonna have to go with the Expos here, I just feel a sleeper coming on. Gary Carter and Andre Dawson are two forces to be reckoned with.

MLB Playoffs

NLCS: Rockies over Cards
ALCS: Royals over Lakers

World Series:
Royals over Rockies on a 4th inning kickoff return by Bo Jackson, where he repeatedly runs back to his own endzone, all the way to the other, then back and forth, with defenders falling all over themselves in the process.

Season Awards

NL MVP Award: Fred McGriff, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Look for McGriff to take a bite out of the National League and get hits in pretty much some games.

AL MVP Award: Robert Horry, G, LA Lakers
Big Shot Rob could make some noise if the Lakers meet up with the Royals in the playoffs.

NL Cy Young: Jose Lima's Wife, Houston Astros
AL Cy Young: Jaime Navarro, Chicago White Sox

This is the season that Ken Griffey Jr. and Bo Jackson establish themselves as long-term stars in the baseball world. As well, this is the beginning of what I like to call the “era of power,” led by McGwire and Sosa, a couple Giambi’s, and Barry Bonds. Look for a breakout season by Bonds in the near future if he can garner some power in his mid-30s.


3 comments:

rossbtaylor said...

With Bob "the Hammer" Hamelin, Mark Gubicza and Brett Saberhagen, the Royals are can't miss, baby! I wish I was a McRae ;) lolz!

Zosbo said...

2 eprops on the Lima's wife find.

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