Apr 042010

Every publication tries their hand at predicting the future at the beginning of each MLB season. Its a fun game to play. We don’t pretend to be clairvoyant, so we are open to argument and debate about who is mostly likely to do what this season. We disagree on some key predictions, and agree on others. What follows is a humble list of crystal ball readings about this season.

Who will make the playoffs from the American League?

EJ Fagan: Yankees, Twins, Mariners, Red Sox
Chris Harihar: Yankees, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox
Matt Imbrogno: Yankees, Twins, Angels, Red Sox
Moshe Mandel: Yankees, Twins, Rangers, Red Sox
Steve Shaka: Yankees, White Sox, Mariners, Rays

Who will make the playoffs from the National League?

EJ: Phillies, Cardinals, Rockies, Giants
Chris: Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, Reds
Matt: Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, Braves
Moshe: Phillies, Cardinals, Rockies, Dodgers
Steve: Phillies, Cardinals, Rockies, Braves

Who will win the World Series?

EJ: Yankees over Phillies
Chris: Yankees over Cardinals
Matt: Yankees over Braves
Moshe: Rockies over Yankees
Steve: Yankees over Rockies

Who will win the Cy Young Awards?

EJ: Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum
Chris: Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum
Matt: Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw
Moshe: Jon Lester, Clayton Kershaw
Steve: Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay

Who will win the Most Valuable Player awards?

EJ: Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols
Chris: Alex Rodriguez, Matt Holliday
Matt: Alex Rodriguez, Chase Utley
Moshe: Justin Mourneau, Troy Tulowitzki
Steve: Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols

Who will win the Rookie of the Year Awards?

EJ: Brian Matusz, Jason Heyward
Chris: Austin Jackson, Jason Heyward
Matt: Brian Matusz, Jason Heyward
Moshe: Neftali Feliz, Jason Heyward
Steve: Brian Matusz, Jason Heyward

Who will win the Come Back Player of the Year awards?

EJ: Travis Hafner, Brandon Webb
Chris: BJ Upton, Jeff Francis
Matt: Ben Sheets, Brandon Webb
Moshe: Grady Sizemore, Jeff Francis
Steve: Ben Sheets, Tim Hudson

Who will win the Manager of the Year Awards?

EJ: Trey Hillman, Jim Tracy
Chris: Don Wakamatsu, Joe Torre
Matt: Don Wakamatsu, Jim Tracy
Moshe: Ron Washington, Jim Tracy
Steve: Joe Girardi, Bobby Cox

Who will prove to be the best off season free agent signing?

EJ: Extending Justin Upton
Chris: Adrian Beltre
Matt: Ben Sheets, Matt Holliday
Moshe: Rich Harden
Steve: Rafael Soriano

Who will prove to be the worst off season free agent signing?

EJ: Brandon Lyon
Chris: Matt Holliday
Matt: Brandon Lyon, Joel Piniero
Moshe: Ben Sheets
Steve: Placido Polanco

What will prove to be the best off season trade?

EJ: Yankees acquire Javier Vazquez
Chris: Mariners acquire Milton Bradley
Matt: Yankees acquire Javier Vazquez, Yankees acquire Curtis Granderson, Phillies acquire Roy Halladay
Moshe: Twins acquire JJ Hardy
Steve: Yankees acquire Javier Vazquez

What will prove to be the worst off season trade?

EJ: Phillies give away Cliff Lee
Chris: Cubs acquire Carlos Silva
Matt: Cubs acquire Carlos Silva
Moshe: Cubs acquire Carlos Silva
Steve: Mets Acquire Gary Matthews Jr.

How many games will the Yankees win?

EJ: 104
Chris: 105
Matt: 99
Moshe: 96
Steve: 104

Which Yankee will have the most MVP votes?

EJ: Alex Rodriguez
Chris: Alex Rodriguez
Matt: Alex Rodriguez
Moshe: Mark Teixeira
Steve: Alex Rodriguez

Which Yankee spends the most time on the disabled list?

EJ: Damaso Marte
Chris: Damaso Marte
Matt: Andy Pettitte
Moshe: Jorge Posada
Steve: Nick Johnson

Which Yankee rookies will make their MLB debuts?

EJ: Ivan Nova, Jesus Montero, Kevin Russo, Colin Curtis, Romulo Sanchez, Wilkins De La Rosa, Reegie Corona, Zach McAllister
Chris: Jesus Montero, Kevin Russo
Matt: Ivan Nova, Jesus Montero, Kevin Russo, Zach McCallister
Moshe: Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova, Kevin Russo, Zach McCallister, Romulo Sanchez, Chris Garcia
Steve: Jesus Montero, Zach McCallister, Wilkin De La Rosa, Jeremy Bleich

Your thoughts? Fire away.

10 Responses to “TYU 2010 Season Predictions”

  1. Chris say that A-Rod winds MVP, but Cano gets more MVP votes?
    How is that possible?  (Quote)

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    Chris H. Reply:

    Haha, I didn’t realize that I did that. I meant to say A-Rod for that question, too.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    I’ll change it.  (Quote)

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  2. You know, I don’t know why, but I just don’t believe in the Rockies. They have a good team, though.  (Quote)

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  3. I approve of Moshe channeling his inner Buster Olney and picking the Rockies to beat the Yankees. Why? Because he picked the Cubs to beat the Yankees in the World Series last year.

    So what does this all mean? It means – Colorado, hope you have fun playing enigmatic baseball from game 1 through to game 161 (game 162 won’t be played; rainout from a previous date that won’t be made up due to lack of playoff implications — Cubs only played 161 games last year). And for Moshe’s favorite team, my favorite team, and everyone reading this site’s favorite team? WORLD FREAKING CHAMPIONS AGAIN!

    In all seriousness, I won’t cite records, but my picks:
    AL: Yankees, Twins, Angels, Rays
    NL: Phillies, Cardinals, Rockies, Braves

    ALCS: Yankees over Rays in 7
    NLCS: Phillies over Rockies in 6

    World Series: Yankees over Phillies in 6

    I picked the Yankees to miss the playoffs last year, so I’m not doing this through pinstriped glasses. Also, considering from a talent standpoint the Yankees probably improved this year, picking them to miss the playoffs would seem completely ludicrous.

    For the Phillies, the Doc trade will be great. However, come playoff time, Cliff Lee was absolutely unhittable last year. It was a run even Doc will be hard-pressed to match. Even if he does, the key for Philly is which Cole Hamels shows up. 2008 Cole Hamels = Great chance at winning the WS for the Phillies. 2009 Cole Hamels = Not-so-great chance at winning the WS.

    I also think their offense is just a bit overrated entering the season. Utley, Howard, and Werth are what they are. Ibanez, however, slipped significantly from the 1st half to 2nd half last year (OPS of 1.015 in the 1st half, .774 2nd half), and considering his age (37), I’ll lean towards the 2nd half being closer to who he is nowadays. He won’t OPS .899 again.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Ha! Honestly, I regretted that Cubs pick about 10 minutes after I submitted it. The Rockies pick, I like. I like their balance offensively and pitching-wise. Street’s injury worries me a bit, but otherwise, I think they are primed for a big run. I simply picked them to beat the Yankees because repeating is a very difficult thing to do. Talent-wise, the Yankees are the better team, but to win 6 small sample series in a row is tough.  (Quote)

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    Troy Reply:

    Yeah, I definitely get the Rockies love. Ever since June of last year, I thought they were better than the Dodgers. And I understand the “picked against them based on probability” argument, although I myself am not a particularly big fan of it. The Yankees in the playoffs last year and the first two series of the playoffs, in this case, really shouldn’t have bearing on how they’d perform in the World Series.

    But the Rockies and Phillies are definitely the best the NL has to offer, in my opinion, and would be worthy foes to the Yankees (or Red Sox) in the World Series.  (Quote)

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    Moshe Mandel Reply:

    Agreed, it probably isnt entirely logical if you view each series in a vacuum. I’m sticking to it anyhow. Hopefully Im wrong.  (Quote)

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  4. NL comeback player will be…….Conor Jackson.  (Quote)

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