Tuesday, March 27, 2007

MLB Division Previews

NL West
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. San Francisco Giants
4. San Diego Padres
5. Colorado Rockies

Watch for the Dodgers to win the NL West with deep pitching and a great top of the order. Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre will be arguably the best 1-2 hitters in the Majors.

MVP: Matt Holliday- Colorado
Top Pitcher: Brandon Webb- Arizona
Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin- Arizona
Rookie of the Year: Chris Young- Arizona

NL East
Predicted Oorder of Finish
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Toronto Blue Jays
4. Tampa Bay D-Rays
5. Baltimore Orioles

The Yankees will be the best team again pre-season wise. Maybe they can finally get it done this year with loads and loads of talent. Red Sox could make it a dog fight for the top of the division with some new additions. Also, watch out for the Blue Jays, they may finally get into the playoffs if they stay healthy.

MVP: Carl Crawford- Tampa Bay
Top Pitcher: Roy Halladay- Toronto
Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon- Tampa Bay
Rookie of the Year: Daisuke Matsuzaka- Boston

AL West
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Oakland A's
3. Texas Rangers
4. Seattle Mariners

Look for the Angels to not only win the AL West, but to contend for a World Series berth. The Angels are well-balanced throughout the lineup. If Vladimir Guerrero can stay healthy this team will be one of the best in the leagues. Pitching will determine this ball club's destiny in the end.

MVP: Vladimir Guerrero- Los Angeles Angels
Top Pitcher: Rich Harden- Oakland
Manager of the Year: Mike Scioscia- Los Angeles Angels
Rookie of the Year: Adam Jones- Seattle Mariners

Tune back in Wednesday for the NL Central, NL East, and AL Central Predictions/Previews


grittysquirrels said...

I honestly think that the Red Sox win the division this year. What I've seen out of Dice-K has been awesome. Also I hate the Yankees and they're nothing but a bunch of old, overpayed chokers.

stephen a said...

I'd say rich harden has to make a few starts in a row before he can become a real pitcher of the year candidate, even though there are only 4 teams involved

twins15 said...

I'm not so big on the Dodgers... Furcal is solid, but Pierre was the worst FA signing of the offseason. They'd have been much better off putting one of the young guys in CF.

stephen a said...

I totally agree with Pierre. In the past couple years he's made either the most or second most outs in baseball. And I definitely agree with him being the worst signing, and with this offseason thats saying something.

grittysquirrels said...

I agree that it wasn't a very good signing but is it possible that it could be the worst? What about something like Gil Meche 5 yrs $55 MIL? Something like that seems just a touch worse to me.

stephen a said...

I realize Gil Meche isn't Johan Santana. But he's not a bad pitcher at all. He has a 1.44 career WHIP and he's 28, entering the prime of his career. Juan Pierre, to contrast, has a career OBP of .350. And, since 2001 he's made the most outs in baseball and had the most caught stealings.

grittysquirrels said...

FYI Ming...
The Brewers will have a better record this year than the Giants.

ming01 said...

That's cool. But FYI... NL West is tougher