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2010 baseball predictions

The 2010 Major League Baseball season starts today. (Actually it started last night with ESPN’s two favorite teams slugging it out.) I’ll make a few predictions. Most predictions/forecasts simply pick the same players and teams that won the previous season. You won’t see that here.

NL Cy Young Award
Carlos Zambrano
Chicago Cubs
I’m believing the hype surrounding his recommitment. Oh yea. I’m guzzling that Kool-Aid. OH YEAAHH. Please note the correct spelling of the Kool-Aid guy saying. Thank you.

NL MVP
Jason Heyward
Atlanta Braves
People seem to think this 20 year-old is has a good shot at the Rookie of the Year award. I’ll one-up everyone and say he takes the MVP trophy. Yea, it’s a pretty stupid pick considering Heyward is penciled (but not inked) in at the 7 spot in a pretty weak Braves lineup. But, for all the wrong reasons, today’s MVP winners go to the best player on division-winning teams when it should go to the best player period, but that’s another blog post. I have the Braves running away with the NL East and it will all be thanks to Heyward carrying the team.

The last and only player to win the RoY and MVP in the same season was Fred Lynn in 1975 with the BoSox.

NL Rookie of the Year
Jason Heyward
Atlanta Braves
See above.

NL Batting Average Champ
Joey Votto .343
Cincinnati Reds
I seem to have a bunch of his rookie cards, plus I like his name.

NL Home Run Champ
Dan Uggla 44
Florida Marlins
Adam Dunn 44
Washington Nationals
I’m tired of the Howard/Pujols/Fielder predictions. Screw it. I’m going with 5’11” 2nd baseman Dan Uggla. I don’t want a 2B taking the crown to diminish Sandberg’s accomplishment in 1990, but this kid can slug. He reminds me of Popeye the Sailor. I’m having Adam Dunn tie just so I don’t look like a complete nut job by picking Uggla.

Random NL prediction
Prince Fielder and Darth Pujols will both suffer the exact same injury in the same game and both will be sidelined for two months. A Cubs fan can dream, right?

AL Cy Young
Justin Verlander
Detroit Tigers
I don’t know much about the American League. I feel sorry for the city of Detroit. It’s a ghost town. At least they’ll have a Cy Young winner this year and more. Keep reading the predictions.

AL MVP
Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees
He’s gonna love hitting in that shoebox stadium.

AL Rookie of the Year
Reid Brignac
Tampa Bay Rays
I was going to pick Tyler Flowers because it seems that RoY often goes to guys with funny names. But then I saw Flowers is a C for the WhSox. Instead I go with the guy whose name sounds like hard liquor.

AL Batting Champ
Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees
He get the hits.

AL Home Run Champ
Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees
Hey, he hit 30 homers in giant Comerica Park last year. Don’t let this lead-off hitter fool you. Home runs come easy in Yankee Stadium and Granderson will reap some barley with his bat Soviet-style. He’ll win the triple crown of BA, HR, Runs. You just watch.

Random AL prediction
The Twins will finally stink and will finish in fourth place. They’ve enjoyed the greatest home field advantage, by far, in all baseball for over 20 years with the Metrodome. Now that they have a new ball park, they’ll lose their mojo even with the Great Joe Mauer leading their team. It saddens me to write this prediction. I’ve always snickered when the White Sox consistently had troubles with the Twins.

DIVISION WINNERS
AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Yankees
AL Wild Card: uh, uh, BoSox so predictable, so I’ll go with the Rangers. Rangers it is.

NL West: They all stink. Padres
NL Central: Cubs
NL East: Braves
NL Wild Card: Reds I really wanted to pick the Nats cuz D.C. is a cool town, but their team stinks.

AL Championship Series: Tigers-Yankees
AL Champs: Tigers

NL Championship Series: Cubs-Reds
NL Champs: Cubs

World Series Champs: Cubs in 7
World Series MVP: Xavier Nady

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[…] Yesterday, I picked Carlos Zambrano to win the NL Cy Young Award. He gave up 8 earned runs in 1.1 innings. That’s an ERA of 54.00. I am happy that baseball is a 162 game season. Though Jason Heyward, my MVP pick, accounted for 3 of Zambrano’s 8 runs with his 3-run homer in his very first MLB at bat. Still, I’d rather have a strong outing from the Big Z and a Cubs win. […]