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MLB 2009 Predictions

Ok folks! We are well into April now and spring training is coming to a close. It is time for me to make my “2nd annual” predictions on the upcoming MLB season.

Now, we have had some outstanding dark horse teams over the last few seasons, teams that virtually no one saw coming. Like the Rockies in 2007 and the Rays in 2008 but I am not completely convinced in their ability to maitain their lofty status. The Phillies were the world champions last year but they would not have even made the playoffs had they not gotten hot during the last month of the season.

It’s all about getting hot at the correct time…especially when you consider that the first playoff series is a best of five. You cant necessarily gear your team anymore for a 162 game season. You have to build a playoff capable team and then pray that they make it through the 162 games with minimal injuries.

…which leads me to my next subject. Youth and payroll capability.

The current economic climate has touched MLB…maybe even smacked the hell out of it! This is an economy that, as of today, prohibits players such as Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, and Pedro Martinez from gaining employment and that also allows a player of the magnitude of a Manny Ramirez to negotiate all winter long with one single team.

One single team.

$ome team$ have it but mo$t dont!

Truth? …The Yankees got it done this offseason ladies and gentlemen.

As for the other teams in my predictions? Well, …I have given a few teams some extra credit based solely upon who their manager is…such as Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Ron Gardenhire. These guys know how to squeeze every last bit of talent out of what they have on their roster.

So here it is;

NL East
1. Phillies
2. Braves
3. Mets
4. Marlins
5. Nationals

NL Central
1. Cubs
2. Cardinals
3. Brewers
4. Reds
5. Astros
6. Pirates

NL West
1. Dodgers
2. Diamondbacks
3. Rockies
4. Giants
5. Padres

AL East
1. Yankees
2. Red Sox
3. Rays
4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

AL Central
1. White Sox
2. Indians
3. Tigers
4. Twins
5. Royals

AL West
1. Angels
2. Rangers
3. A’s
4. Mariners

NL Wildcard: Braves
AL Wildcard: Red Sox

NL Cy Young: Jake Peavey
AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

NL MVP: Albert Pujols
AL MVP: Mark Teixeira

WS Champs: The New York Yankees.

Thoughts?

15 comments to MLB 2009 Predictions

  • Stan Parker

    your pretty close. Heres my picks.

    NL East

    1. Mets
    2. Phillies
    3. Marlins
    4. Braves
    5. Nationals

    NL Central

    1. Astros
    2. Cardinals
    3. Brewers
    4. Cubs
    5. Pirates
    6. Reds

    NL West

    1. Rockies
    2. Dodgers
    3. Diamondbacks
    4. Giants
    5. Padres

    AL East

    1. Yankees
    2. Blue Jays
    3. Rays
    4. Red Sox
    5. Orioles

    AL Central

    1. Twins
    2. White Sox
    3. Indians
    4. Tigers
    5. Royals

    AL West

    1. Angels
    2. Rangers
    3. A’s
    4. Mariners

    NL Wildcard: Phillies
    AL Wildcard: Blue Jays

    NL Cy Young: Cole Hamels
    AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

    NL MVP: Albert Pujols
    AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez

    WS Champs: The New York Yankees.

  • jadarm

    Hey Stan, thanks for the reply, but by your observations I could hardly say that I was “close”.

    A-Rod…MVP? He is going to miss a big portion of the season…and still has another surgery pending.

    The Marlins ahead of the Braves?

    The Astros ahead of the Cardinals, Brewers, and Cubbies?

    The Blue Jays ahead of the Rays and the Sox?

    I do like your NL Cy Young vote though.

    Who is your favorite team? (Astros maybe…?)

    I am just sooo ready for opening day! :)

  • RW

    I want to amend my earlier prediction, since the Braves shocked me & resigned Chipper (I guess they AREN’T throwing in the towel, after all): 82 victories, third place.

    I don’t think A-Rod will hit 25 homers.

    And, Stan, I’ll bet you $10 (cyber bucks, so I guess I could make it ten million, huh?) with 10-1 odds that the Astros (outside of Lee & Berkman, their ain’t much “O” & Hampton is their #2 starter) don’t finish above third in that division.

  • How about batting champion? Who is gonna be the batting champion?

  • Stan Parker

    Whats wrong with houston? I know their a dark horse but I like them this year. I dont think we have seen the last of arod yet either. I ilke ichiro for batting champion american league. National league is pujols, i think.

  • Jaime Contreras

    I have a few questions: Who is going to pitch the Astros, Brewers and Cardinals past the Cubs? All of this is for naught IF Peavy goes to the Cubs. Also, the Rockies and jays have horrible pitching.

    Here is how it going to pan out:

    AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays
    AL Central: White Sox, Twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals
    AL West: Angels, Mariners, Rangers, A’s

    AL Playoffs: Yankees beat Angels and Red Sox beat White Sox
    AL Chanpionship: Red Sox beat Yankees

    NL East: Mets, Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Nationals
    NL Central: Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds
    NL West: Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Rockies, Padres

    NL Playoffs: Mets beat Diamondbacks and Cubs beat Phillies
    NL Championship; Cubs beta Mets

    World Series: Red Sox beat Cubs

  • nokoolaid4me

    The blue jays are actually a savvy pick for al east if the young arms respond (CAN U SAY TAMPA?)). The plus is they have better offense than last year with a healthy Hill, Travis Snider, and hopefully a full season from Wells and better years from Rolen and Rios. The blue jays were 51-37 under cito gaston (93-69 over a whole season and given SIs proven perfectly symmetrical incompetence and there prediction of 69-93 for jays seems like 93-69 looks good again ) Gaston has more offense than last year and the same pitching as this year except for burnett and the young arms have a chance to do as well as his 4.01 era by mid season.He did not have Mcgowan in that stretch and did have Marcum for part of that stretch but he pitched poorly. Cito is underrated manger with a ton to prove as only black skipper with two world series rings and never rehired again. As good as Joe Torre or better but because he was black rationalization was that he had great teams (Torre didnt” ? wat happened the last 6 years you were there Joe? Yankees spent a lot more than bjs in those years) There is major competition for the last 2-3 pitching spots if some young guns falter on bjs and they will still have best bullpen in baseball. Yankees should be 5 games better…maybe ….but the division is really a toss up. Texeria and CC should more than offset ARODS problems but Burnett love overdue for elbow problems Boston and Tampa have not really improved. Penny may help Sox but there are many holes (lowrie ortiz varitek wakefield and lowell for sure)and they are aging. Tampa will still compete very well but they havent improved much on the field (can you say Detroits young pitching guns that looked invincible for a decade 3 years ago)a nd keeping last years intensity may be hard with young team. You get can 50-1 odds vs bjs making playoffs. Bet a few hundred bucks if u have to take a flyer on and put a down payment on a house as the eastern elite will give u the sucker bet as they love to drink the Kool aid. Better than giving your money to Bernie Madoff!!!

  • jadarm

    I really feel like the Blue Jays will be dumping payroll by midseason…if not sooner.

    I also feel that Cito is a bit underrated…but he has had player relations problems in the past and, well, lets face it…the Blue Jays were loaded when he last won the series.

    As far as the batting champion Buck? Well, since midway thru the 2006 season Chipper leads all of baseball in batting average. I dont know that I have the bravado to say that he will repeat as champion this year though.

    There is a lot of good young talent in the majors this year. So many unpredictables. Chipper is already having groin problems so I am going to take the safe bet and go with Pujols in the NL….(at least I think its a safe bet)

    AL? I am going to go out on a limb and call on Dustin Pedroia for the batting title.

  • Ollie

    AL East:
    1. Yankees
    2. Red Sox
    3. Blue Jays
    4. Rays
    5. Orioles

    AL Central:
    1. Twins
    2. Indians
    3. Tigers
    4. White Sox
    5. Royals

    AL West:
    1. Angels
    2. Mariners
    3. Rangers
    4. A’s

    AL MVP: Mark Teixeira 1B Yankees
    AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke SP Royals

    NL East:
    1. Mets
    2. Phillies
    3. Braves
    4. Marlins
    5. Nationals

    NL Central:
    1. Cubs
    2. Cardinlas
    3. Brewers
    4. Rockies
    5. Reds
    6. Astros

    NL West:
    1. Dodgers
    2. Diamond Backs
    3. Rockies
    4. Giants
    5. Padres

    NL MVP: Albert Pujols 1B Cardinals
    NL CY Young: Johan Santana SP Mets

  • Ollie

    NL Wild Card: Mets
    AL Wild Card: Red Sox

  • Ollie

    ALDS: Yankees vs. Twins-Yankees win in 5 games.
    ALDS:Red Sox vs. Angels-Red Sox win in 5 games.
    ALCS: Yankees vs. Red Sox-Yankees win in 7 games.

    NLDS: Mets vs. Dodgers-Mets win in 5 games.
    NLDS: Cubs vs. Phillies-Cubs win in 4 games.
    NLCS: Mets vs. Cubs-Mets win in 7 games.

    World Series: Mets vs. Yankees-Yankees win in 7 games.
    World Series MVP-Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
    (mistake, Phillies win wild card, mets win nl east division)

    All star predictons:

    AL
    c- Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez
    1B-Mark Teixeira, Miguel Cabrera
    2b-Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia
    3b- Evan Longoria, Alex Rodreguez
    SS- Derek Jeter, Michael Young
    LF-Jason Bay, Matt Holliday
    CF-Grady Sizemore, B.J. Upton
    RF-Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford
    SP-Zack Greinke, C.C. Sabathia

  • RW

    Way to be brave and pick Greinke for CY a month and a half into the season.
    ??????????????

  • joe

    okkk you guys have to look at the actual standings to make predictions! in the AL central the tigers are in first and the indians are last why are u ranking the tigers so low but the indians higer. the tigers have a really good pitching rotation and a great line up! thats the reason we are number onein the central!
    tigers all the wayyyyy !!!! :)

    reply if u agree.

  • bon

    A.l. east
    Blue jays, red sox, yankees, rays, oriols.
    Central
    Twins, royals, indians, white sox, tigers.
    west
    Mariners, rangers, A’s, angels
    Mvp Justin Morneau
    Cy young Roy halladay
    N.l.
    East
    Phillies, nationals, marlins, mets, braves
    central
    Brewers, cardinals, reds, cubs, astros
    west
    rockies, padres, giants, dodgers, diamondbacks
    Mvp ryan howard
    cy young johan santana
    playoffs
    Twins over blue jays
    red sox over mariners
    twins over red sox

    brewers over phillies
    rockies over cardinals
    brewers over rockies
    Twins over brewers
    ws mvp Joe mauer

  • Chris

    Why hasn’t anyone suggested Greinke for AL CY Young?

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