Monday, April 06, 2009MLB 2009 Predictions
1) Red Sox
2) Rays *
4) Blue Jays
I like the Red Sox rotation. It's deep and if Jon Lester is as good as he can be and John Smoltz gives them something in the second half of the season. I like the Rays more than the Yankees because the Yankees are notorious slow starters and they will deal with blocks of significant injuries. The Blue Jays might get to 75+ wins behind a monster year from Roy Halladay
2) Chi White Sox
Cleveland is going to have the most, but don't be surprised if Kansas City finishes above .500 and gets the tag as the next up-and-coming team.
Hard to fathom anyone but L.Anaheim winning. That being said the battle for the wild card between Oakland Tampa Bay along with the AL Central squads could be exciting.
AL MVP: Grady Sizemore
AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
Division Series: Red Sox over Angels; Rays over Indians
ALCS: Red Sox over Rays in 6
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2) Phillies *
The Mets have effectively made their lives much easier with the revamped bullpen. I expect the Phillies to rally in September and get the Wild Card but Cole Hamels' status is worth watching. The Marlins should be very tough in the second half of the season as the Braves tail off.
Tough sledding here. I like the Cubs but after that it's a pretty good logjam. The Reds can rise up to be the next best...if Aaron Harang shows the 2006 and 2007 form. Everyone else in this division is treading water.
My guess is the Phillies will slightly edge out the Giants for the wild card slot but the Dodgers should win the west comfortably. The Padres' most interesting situation will be where they unload Jake Peavy.
NL MVP: Manny Ramirez
NL Cy Young: Johan Santana
Division Series: Mets over Dodgers; Cubs over Phillies
NLCS: Mets over Cubs in 7.