Wednesday, March 28, 2007

More MLB Division Previews

AL Central

1. Cleveland Indians
2. Detroit Tigers
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Kansas City Royals

The Twins suffer with no pitching (a la #2 in their rotation is Boof Bonser). The Tigers don't quite return to last year's form. I think that with a injury to the Tigers or if their young pitchers struggle the White Sox could easily finish ahead of the Tigers. Royals remain cellar dwellers, however they show improvement...give em' a few years (or many who knows).

MVP: Travis Hafner - Cleveland
Top Pitcher: Johan Santana - Minnesota
Manager of the Year: Eric Wedge - Cleveland
Rookie of the Year: Alex Gordon - Kansas City

NL Central

1. St. Louis Cardinals
2. Milwaukee Brewers
3. Houston Astros
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Cincinatti Reds

The Cardinals reign again...Pujols is an animal. The Brewers make a run for the Wild Card - I'm not even trying to be bias right now. With everyone back from injury last year and looking healthy along with the acquisitions of All-Star Catcher Johnny Estrada and NLCS MVP Jeff Suppan to fill-in the missing piece to the rotation I think the Crew have a truly legit shot at the postseason this year. Astros hit the shit out of the ball, but not enough pitching to make a strong run at the Wild Card...I'm afraid Carlos Lee becomes a bit of a Brewer-Killer. The Cubs are a totally different story. A lot of people are going to dispute this but just because they got Soriano doesn't make them that much better. They will continue to have huge problems with injuries and especially to their pitching staff. Right now Kerry (Carrie) Wood is starting the year on the DL and Mark Prior will start the year in the minors or on the DL. The Reds prove last year was a total fluke and the Pirates barely climb out of the cellar.

MVP: Albert Pujols - St. Louis
Top Pitcher: Carlos Zambrano/Chris Carpenter - your call
Manager of the Year: Ned Yost - Milwaukee
Rookie of the Year: Angel Guzman - Chicago

NL East

1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. New York Mets
3. Atlanta Braves
4. Florida Marlins
5. Washington Nationals

The Nationals will be really bad. The Marlins won't be able to duplicate last year's semi-success. This division is pretty stacked up top. I like the Phillies to win the division. Both the Phillies and Mets have great power-hitting lineups and good rotations. I'm giving the edge to the Phililes because I like their rotation a little more...especially with Pedro out until July. Wagner is far more solid at the closer roll than Tom Gordon for the Phills. However, if Gordon is healthy and effective I think the Phillies will win it. The Braves and going to be young and good, just not good enough in this awesome division.

MVP: Miguel Cabrera/Ryan Howard - call it again
Top Pitcher: D-Train - Florida
Manager of the Year: Charlie Manuel - Philadelphia
Rookie of the Year: Mike Pelfrey - NY

NL West/AL West/AL East


twins15 said...

The Brew Crew definitely have a shot at the postseason... of course, I think that says a lot more about the ineptitude of the NL than how good the Brewers really are.

grittysquirrels said...

could be...

Mini Me said...

I got Detroit, Chicago, NY.

grittysquirrels said...

The only pick of those which i find plausible is Detroit. If they're young players play well and if they can avoid injury like last year they could take it...But Chicago is just not going to happen. Maybe they could contend again if they could teach their pitchers - Cough, Kerry and Mark, Cough - to take the skirt off and pitch. NY would be my pick if they weren't starting the year w/o Pedro. Right now their staff looks pretty weak. Plus, I think the Phillies are finally ready.

stephen a said...

I dunno about the Phillies being ready. Unless I am mistaken, they have 3 hitters. But I could be wrong

field negro said...

Dude, I think your American Central picks are dead on!

ming01 said...

i like the mets over the phillies