Many of you may not know this, but it’s actually a federal requirement for all baseball bloggers to post their misguided preseason predictions.
Okay, it’s entirely possible that there’s zero truth to that, but this is the one time a year when any ole blogger can feel right on par with the big boys in the baseball writing business and make a bunch of wild guesses based on such important factors as “intuition” and “coin tosses.”
My predictions from last year were—ahem—less-than-good, but that’s the nature of the beast with preseason predictions.
Ask any handful of people and most would have had the Philadelphia Phillies winning the whole thing two months ago. Nowadays the Boston Red Sox are the hot-to-trot team. Last year it was the aforementioned Phillies and New York Yankees in the driver’s seat.
In the end, the World Series featured the San Francisco Giants toppling the Texas Rangers. It’s all a crapshoot and that’s most of the fun.
Last year, I only predicted two division winners correctly (Philadelphia and Minnesota) and only four playoff teams (Philly, Minnesota, New York and San Francisco). This year, I’m going with less of my special intuition and going more on what the rosters look like and all that boring mumbo-jumbo.
Without any further ado, here are my undoubtedly incorrect 2011 MLB Predictions.
National League Play-In Game
Atlanta Braves over Cincinnati Reds
American League Division Series
Boston Red Sox over Chicago White Sox (3-1)
Oakland Athletics over New York Yankees (3-2)
National League Division Series
Milwaukee Brewers over Atlanta Braves (3-1)
Philadelphia Phillies over Colorado Rockies (3-2)
American League Championship Series
Boston Red Sox over Oakland Athletics (4-2)
National League Championship Series
Milwaukee Brewers over Philadelphia Phillies (4-3)
Boston Red Sox over Milwaukee Brewers (4-2)
So there you have it, folks…the Red Sox will topple the revamped Brew-Crew in Prince Fielder’s final season in the Milwaukee before he moves on to make big bucks elsewhere and breaks the hearts of Brewers fans and stadium vendors all over the Cheese State.
Just a note for those of you calling up your bookie right now, I want to make it clear that the incredibly scientific method of “flipping a coin” may or may not have been used heavily in making these decisions. Granted, I’m like 83% sure that this is exactly how things will turn out, so feel free to drop some big bucks based on these predictions.
While we’re at it, let’s take a stab at how the regular season awards will pan out.
Regular Season Award Winners
American League MVP: Adrian Gonzalez (BOS – 1B)
National League MVP: Ryan Zimmerman (WAS – 3B)
American League ROY: Mike Moustakas (KC – 3B)
National League ROY: Freddie Freeman (ATL – 1B)
American League Cy Young: Jon Lester (BOS – SP)
National League Cy Young: Cole Hamels (PHI – SP)
American League Manager of the Year: Bob Geren (Oakland)
National League Manager of the Year: Ron Roenicke (Milwaukee)
Once again, feel free to place your life savings and/or first-born child on any betting table as long as you’re rolling with my predictions. My prognosticationalization skills are top-notch, baby…top-notch.