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?
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.